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4 Decorating With Gift Wrap | 3 Different Ways

A new selection of Rifle Paper arrived in the shop this week, which got us inspired to do a little redecorating! There are so many things that can be done with gift wrap, from decoupage to art; and although these ideas are not new, they're inspiring just the same. With such pretty papers we couldn't resist! For this set we used the Emerald Peonies paper.

We have a record player in the shop that's getting a lot of use, but the red lining inside clashes with everything! (So we covered it up)! We also made a print using some wooden screen door trim (thanks Fiona Richards for the tip!) and the small leftover pieces we used to cover a notebook. Let's take a look:

1. Line a Turntable
Decoupage or faux decoupage? As we didn't want to make this a permanent change, we faux decoupaged (taped the paper inside of the turntable lid instead of mod podging it). One could of course do the real thing; (here's a link to instructions on how to decoupage a record player that Cori Kindred did earlier this year for us. if you're so inclined). 

How we did it:
To measure, we placed the paper in front of the area we wished to cover, and marked each end of the width where we were going to cut it using scissor marks.  We then trimmed to size, then placed it inside to measure the length. We then marked where it would end, and folded the paper as a marker and then cut that piece.  For the sides, we did the same for one side, then cut four sides to finish trimming off each length as we went.  All pieces were attached using masking tape.  To finish off, one could use a coloured matching masking tape to make the edges look clean, which we pretended to do using photoshop for this example as we didn't have any handy. So much better than the red!

2. Hanging Poster
As mentioned, this is a pretty simple project we were reminded about from Fiona of Cartolina. Fiona and her husband, Doug have a heap of posters like this in their beautiful new brick and mortar in Nelson, B.C., if you're ever out their way (it's a must see)! There are quite a few how-to's on this online, but here's what we did.

What You Need:
Screen door trim (we picked ours up at Home Depot).  Comes in 8 foot pieces.  So needs to be cut down to size of paper.
2 Eye hooks
Twine or Baker's Twine
White glue

How we did it:
Cut the screen door trim (you'll need two pieces) to the size of the width of the paper leaving an inch or half inch length on both sides (approximately 53 cm or 21-22 inches for these papers).  Screw in eye hooks on each side of the top piece. Tip: A plyers or fork (if you don't have one) makes it easy to screw in. Begin by screwing in the eye hook. Once it has caught itself when you first start, slide one of the fork's teeth into the eye hook, and twirl until tightened.  Measure twine for hanging length (looks best if not too long) and tie and knot to each eye hook.  Pull out the paper you will be framing. Squeeze glue in a straight line across the front top of the paper.  Place the cut screen door trim over the paper (balancing to leave an inch overhang on each side of the paper) and press down and hold for approximately 1 minute.  Do the same for the bottom piece.  Once dry (approximately 10 min. it's ready to hang)!  To finish off, you could add an extra eye hook on the bottom (for looks only) to make it look more like a pull down map effect.

3. Cover a Notebook

Make a budget notebook look more special by covering it in your favorite papers. So easy, doesn't even really need instruction (more an idea really).  For this book we just covered the front cover. 

How we did it:
Measure, trim and glue!

We loved how they all turned out.  A fast and easy way to freshen up a space.  What have you covered lately? Leave a link in the comments, would love to check out new ideas!


1 Studio North at IDSwest

Studio North at IDSwest is always something we look forward to.  Next week's event will showcase limited edition collections by Canadian and international designers featuring one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design.  We thought we'd preview a few exhibitors in Studio North this year a little closer. 

Along Came the Fold

A small business based in Vancouver that makes paper products for the home: from stationary and gifts to lamp design.

Endeavour Neon

Neon signs, of all shapes, sizes, and colors created by Andrews Hibbs.


A contemporary object design studio, Gamla handcrafts sophisticated furniture, conceptual objects, and physical brand experience for select clients.

Landon Dix Design + Craft

A studio of handmade goods and furniture through a variety of mediums and techniques.
Designed and crafted by Landon Dix in North Vancouver.

Shipway Design

Modern west coast furnishings created through an explorative material driven design process that enables forms honest to their nature.

Lori Harrison

Lori Harrison Designs integrates art and design to create home d├ęcor, textiles, custom furnishings and artwork.

WFOUR Design

WFOUR Design is a small furniture design + build company based in Nevada, USA creating hand-built and made to order furniture using solid domestic hardwood.

IDSwest will be celebrating its 10th year this year and runs September 25 - 28/14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  For more information visit www.idswest.com.


0 Pigeon Toe for Cedar & Moss

Portland-based designers, Pigeon Toe and Cedar & Moss announced today their collaboration and debut of the Wyatt line, porcelain shaded lighting and walnut features.

The line celebrates clean lines and a modern aesthetic and are finished with brass hardware and locally sourced walnut parts. A brass shade option is also offered if you're looking for an alternative look.

The Wyatt line is available exclusively on the Cedar & Moss website.

1 Vancouver Modern Home Tour

135 East 17th Avenue

Vancouver Modern Home Tour is happening again this year during Vancouver Design Week and in conjunction with Western Living Magazine’s Design Week.

Curated by Western Living Magazine Editor-in-Chief Anicka Quin and Modern Home Tours, the second annual Vancouver Modern Home Tour offers tour  goers the opportunity for a rare look inside some of the most cutting-edge dwellings in the city.
DATE: Saturday, September 20, 2014
TIME: 11:00am – 5:00pm
COST: $30 Online in advance, $40 Day of
LOCATION: Click HERE for a link to the tour homes’ locations
TRANSPORTATION: Self-driving, Self-paced

Click HERE for tickets and more info.

A few featured homes below:

135 East 17th Avenue

Architect: LWPAC – Oliver Lang
Builder/Interior Designer: Vanglo Sustainable Construction Ltd.

3140 West 23rd

Architect: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Builder/Contractor: Natural Balance Home Builders
Structural Engineer: Chiu Hippmann Engineering Inc.

5012 Marguerite Street

Architect: David Thom, IBI Group
Interior Design: Hodgson Design Associates
Home Builder & Interior Millwork: Stirling Millwork
Pool: Transolini Pools

Visit modernhometours.com for tickets and more info.

2 Retail Readiness Workshop With Rena Tom

We're super-excited to have Rena Tom, founder of Makeshift Society, (a coworking space and clubhouse for creative freelancers in San Francisco and Brooklyn) in Vancouver next week facilitating her Retail Readiness Workshop in our shop. The workshop is super-helpful for anyone trying to get their product into shops and we still a few spaces left if any of you wish to join us.

Do you make and sell products to a loyal following online or at craft shows but want to see your work on the shelves of your favorite boutique? It takes more than having great products to earn a retailer's interest, trust and money. Learn how to approach stores and make it easy for them to buy from you.
During this workshop, you'll re-evaluate your business through the eyes of a buyer, learn how to research the right stores to approach and how to edit your line for maximum appeal. We'll also look at the content of your line sheet and catalog, discuss what makes a compelling pitch and how buyers find out about new lines, and talk about the importance of establishing a good relationship with your stores.

The class will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm) at Poppytalk which is located at109 East Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.

Click here to register or for more information.

(Related)  Rena will also be speaking at IDSwest while she's here, speaking Friday (Sept 26 - Trade Only).  Click here for the speaker schedule.