Interested in jazzing up your gift wrap technique? This super easy DIY might be just what you're looking for. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand (scissors and a glue stick will do!) and some complementary gift wrap patterns, you'll be ready to wrap! Hop on over to Inspired by This for the full DIY but before you go, take a peek at the wrapping paper in our shop. I have a feeling something there will tickle your fancy!
Tie the Knot
is an organization that sells limited edition bow ties with proceeds supporting organizations that fight for civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. Founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson (of Modern Family
fame!) and his husband Justin Mikita, the organization advocates for "a more stylish and equal America". With the Supreme Court currently hearing arguments on marriage equality, Tie the Knot is launching a campaign
called Supreme Save the Date
to raise awareness and make a powerful statement. A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to take part!
Lupa & Pepi contributed save the date designs which are available for personalization on Supreme Save the Date
's website! Couples can select a design and input their names, wedding date, and the state in which they live. They can even address their save the date to a Supreme Court justice! In turn, Tie the Knot will print and deliver all of the save the dates to the Supreme Court while they're making their decision — a powerful message that we're proud to be a part of!
Guess what? Great news! Paper versions of each of the save the dates we designed for the Supreme Save the Date campaign along with matching wedding suites are
available for a limited time in our shop for personalization and ordering! Place and order and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Tie the Knot! ***UPDATE: Although these limited edition invitation suites are no longer available in our online shop, we can accommodate special orders. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you'd like more info!***
The save the date at the top of this post entitled "Bow Tie Heart" was inspired by the motto upon which Tie the Knot is founded —
"advocating for a more stylish and equal America". Other save the date layouts we designed are inspired by colors and symbolism associated with the cause. There are also two that are inspired by papergood suites in our very own shop — Geometrica
We were honored to be a part of this campaign. Hopefully very soon everyone will be able to say "I do"!
download step-by-step instructions & cut-out templates
If you're a secret (or even a not-so-secret!) admirer, this pop-up card is the DIY for you! Download and print the instructions and templates and then, with a few simple tools, a little cutting and pasting... voila! Your pop-up card is ready! Doodle and write sweet nothings inside the card (don't forget to decorate the arrow too!) and give it to your sweetie! If you'd like USPS to be your cupid, these cards fit into an A6 envelope. Ahhh, amore!
INGREDIENTS in our pop-up heart card
paper: Paper Source Cover Paper in Gravel & Persimmon
twine: Cotton Twine
pens: Molotow One4All Acrylic Marker in Signal White & Uni-Ball Gel Pen in Gold
Aside from design and papergoods, my other passion is cooking. More specifically — cooking pasta! I've taken it upon my self to learn how to make all of the dishes that Lupa and Pepi made when I was growing up. The latest dish that I've been perfecting is carbonara. As my husband says "fat equals flavor" and boy oh boy does this dish deliver!
I've been working with is Mario Batali's Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe and there are a few things that I've learned thus far. First of all — since there are only a few ingredients, it's imperative that each is high quality. This is what will bring the dish to the next level. Also, timing is everything with carbonara so have all of the ingredients grated, chopped and ready to go!
INGREDIENTS clockwise from top left
– Freshly Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano: Grab a chunk of Parmigiano, a grater and get grating! While it's not as easy as opening a package and dumping it in the bowl, it will be so worth it!
– Pancetta: Skip the pre-packaged, already chopped up pancetta and hit up the deli counter. Ask the butcher to cut it as thick as possible.
– Pasta: I usually would use something twirlable (e.g. bucatini) but in this instance, I'm using this bag of spaccatelli from Sfoglini. My husband recently surprised me with their pasta of the month (he knows the way to my heart!). Their pasta is fresh, super tasty and two bags arrive every month — perfetto!
– Freshly Ground Black Pepper: Key here is "fresh" — whether you have a spice grinder or a pepper mill, make sure that pepper is freshly ground!
– Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: I know I've been touting "quality, quality" but here is one ingredient in this recipe that doesn't need to be the best. Since it's getting heated up in the pan, it can be average joe olive oil. If you end up using any as a finishing, make that the good stuff!
– Eggs: This ingredient is the finishing touch on carbonara so if you're game, spring for the organic crazy expensive eggs and enjoy how delectable they make this dish!
One thing that feels missing to me in this recipe is garlic! My family usually adds it to the pan by the handful! Thus far I have not missed it because this recipe is so damn flavorful. That being said, don't be surprised if a couple Sundays from now garlic finds its way into my carbonara! Buon appetito!
I'm thrilled to be hosting a workshop today for Darling Magazine and wanted to share the DIY here too! While this workshop is holiday themed, with a simple switch of the color palette the tassel garland (top) and bunting (bottom) can be used for party decor any time of year!
For step by step instruction on how to make the tassel garland, check out our DIY: Paper Garland video (fast forward to 1:00 if you'd like to skip the dot garland DIY). And here's a download for geometric bunting instructions and a printable alphabet template. We've included the entire alphabet from A to Z and threw in some fun symbols too so that you can make your bunting say whatever you'd like! Have fun!!