Your holiday all wrapped up- DIY style

DIY

Lila from All Things Purdy is on the blog today with one of her favorite Christmas traditions- wrapping paper DIY!

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas holidays is to paint my own wrapping paper. Everyone loves it and if you have children they can all contribute to the creativity. The good thing is that there is no right or wrong, it is all about being unique.”

Materials:
Brown paper
Acrylic paints
Small Paintbrush
Stamps

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Instructions:
Measure approximately how much paper you need for the box you are wrapping. Use tape to hold down the paper from rolling back and makes it easier to paint and stamp.

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If using stamps, use the paintbrush to spread the paint into a thin layer so that you can dip the stamp without getting blogs of paint on the stamp. Stamp away.

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If using a paintbrush to design your paper get creative. Draw dots, stars, or snowflakes. The kids love this part!!

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Once you are happy with your design let the paper sit for 15 mins to allow the paint to fully dry.

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Afterwards wrap your present. Can’t wait to see what designs you come up with!!

fSee more from Lila on her Instagram.

 

Holiday Mini Session How-to

Blog feature sessions

So many of our readers are photographers so we thought we would do a feature on Holiday Mini Sessions!  Amy True was sweet enough to send over some of the cutest images from her weekend mini-session marathon and tell us a bit about how she brings all this holiday fun to life.

“The Holiday mini sessions are by far the most popular ones I shoot all year. When I decided to extend it for a second day and fit in 42 sessions over the course of one weekend, I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed at the thought. However, I am lucky to have some very supportive friends who serve as assistants in both the implementation and creative aspects of putting these together. This year’s theme was “A Very Merry Vintage Christmas” which coincides well with my current prop inventory in studio. Having been raised in a family of antique collectors, I took a quick trip to my parent’s attic which helped accessorize the remainder of the two sets. Sessions are 15 minutes in length and booked back to back with 5 minute breaks in between so all sessions move fast which requires a very energetic team to keep our small clients amused and animated. It’s a ton of work but also a lot of fun to see it all come together and get captured in such a short period of time. It’s a very rewarding experience to have such wonderful clients who get so excited to book these.
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Poinsettia

Blog feature sessions, Designers

Ready for a little holiday inspired fashion?  Kate Miles (you may remember her Snowflake Kisses feature in our Winter 2014 issue!) has designed new pieces for the season…I designed this holiday inspired two piece outfit on one snowy morning when the ground looked like my kitchen counter after having baked a batch of Christmas cookies. The morning not only inspires the structured lace in the tea length skirt, but also this Christmas cookie baking photo-shoot. Red wool cascades down from the shoulder of the 1940s inspired blouse and buttons to the skirt waistband with lace covered buttons. 

This outfit is available for sale in my Etsy shop KateMilesCouture 

Models: Lena Sheroder and Tucker Stultz 
Photography: Kel Ward Photography

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