One of my favorite tasks during the book writing process is compiling the Resources page. I have been a craft/office/paper supply shopper for years and I love being able to share my sources. As a former online small business owner, I also have a strong appreciation for creative businesses. Throughout the years I have connected with several independent brands run by amazing creative women, whose products I happen to love and use in my own work. Today I want to share some of my favorite creative resources, which are included in my new book, Be Mine: 25 Paper Projects to Share the Love.
I created these colorful and modern DIY Color Block Pocket Valentines for the Chronicle Books Blog. They can be used year round! You can find more photos and instructions here.
This XOXO Print is a simple and fun way to spread love to those around you. It can be given to friends and family instead of a traditional valentine. And the best thing about this DIY is that it takes less than 5 minutes to make!
S U R P R I S E !!! I wrote another book! My new book, Be Mine: 25 Paper Projects to Share the Love, is a sweet little book that contains 25 paper craft projects. Over the many years that I have been a designer and crafter, I have always loved to create special love greetings for friends and family. Although Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to craft for, I believe that we should celebrate love 365 days a year.
Be Mine is a great book for beginner and seasoned crafters, kids and adults. Each of the 25 projects provides step-by-step instructions on how to turn a few simple materials in to a heartfelt keepsake. Many of the projects include printables, that make the crafting process straightforward and simple. These projects are perfect for those who would love to create something handmade for a loved one. They also make for cute and fun Valentine's Day greetings and party/wedding favors.
I am fortunate to have worked with an amazing team at Chronicle Books, including my editors Elizabeth Yarborough and Laura Lee Mattingly and book designer Anne Kenady. And I am thrilled how Max Wanger captured the spirit of the book through his amazing photographs. I also want to give a shout-out to two talented design/craft/lifestyle bloggers, Joy Cho of Oh Joy! and Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, for their support of the book through their endorsements.
Over the next few months I will sharing more details about Be Mine, the book writing process, and some behind the scenes snippets. There will also be some fun giveaways, so make sure you are following me over on Instagram (@sallyjshim).
The book will be officially released on December 22, but you can pre-order now at:
Photography by Max Wanger. Book jacket design by Anne Kenady.
I love how repackaging a gift with a few simple materials can create a visually appealing treat for the recipient. Although I think pretty packaging is not limited to a season or special occasion, I know many of you will start thinking about wrapping holiday gifts in the coming weeks. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some simple packaging ideas, that will hopefully inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to gift wrapping.
While opening up a box provides an element of surprise to the recipient, I love using translucent vellum paper in my packaging projects. To reflect the minimal and clean aesthetic of this Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady watch in Rose Gold, I created a simple wood veneer gift tag, inspired by a project in my book, Pretty Packages. I attached the watch to a piece of kraft cardstock, using a punch and twine, and created a vellum sleeve that the watch slides into. I painted the corner of the wood veneer gift tag, using washi tape and acrylic paint, and added a letter sticker with the first initial of the recipient. Wrap the gift tag around the package with some twine and you are ready to give your friend or loved one a pretty little package.
The kind folks at Daniel Wellington are offering 15% off all watches to SALLYJSHIM readers. Just use the discount code "sallyjshim", valid until January 1, 2016.
For more pretty packaging ideas, look here.
* This project is in partnership with Daniel Wellington.