Mr. Boddington's Studio (and Handmade Things)
Last year I had fun lining my own envelopes to correspond with holiday cards.
Envelope liner kits cost around $10.95 at Paper Source and decorative paper usually runs between $6 to $10 per sheet and yields roughly eight or nine standard size envelope liners.
[Directly above and below, some choices at Kate's Paperie. If you are in Atlanta, Binders has a fresh new display of decorative papers.]
Lining envelopes just adds a luxe element, and it's something most people can do. But since this season I'll be doing fewer hands on activities, I started browsing for an alternative. Mr. Boddington's Studio is probably best known for wedding invitations and social stationery, but I'm loving their boxed holiday cards, shown here at top and below. (I read about them over at Soolip's blog.)
A box of of eight with hand-lined envelops costs $30 . Here are the linings that are available.
And just a couple of reminders: photographer Gemma Ingalls sometimes makes her own gift wrap by having one of her images blown-up onto wide sheets of paper. Neighborhood photo-copiers can do this with non-copyrighted photographs. On a smaller scale, you can scan a favorite fabric and make paper envelope liners as Mary McDonald did with Scalamandre's Chi'en Dragon.
[House Beautiful, May 2005]
If solids are still your first choice for gift wrap, Bell'occhio has one more thing that might be great paired with brown kraft paper: strands of fabric boxwood. $9 for 25 feet.
Afterthought: Speaking of handmade things, check out this story about embroiderer Susie Cowie who created the "tree pillow" in Bright Star. [Image via Jane Campion's production scrapbook.]