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Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

September 1, 2016

I’m so excited to share this project with you! Earlier this year, I was asked to design a kit for December Daily 2016 and, given that I love paper products, I was immediately on board! This kit can be used in conjunction with Ali Edwards’ December Daily 2016 Scrapbooking/Memory/Journaling Binders OR you can order the kit to just own the first ever product with my brand on it, to use on mood boards, to wrap gifts, craft with or anything else you fancy!

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

Other than my books, I’ve never created an actual product before so this was very exciting and came so naturally for me, which was an exciting thing to find out – seems over a decade of blogging and seeing/touching products has really soaked in because now I feel like the next step is to continue designing products and see where this world of making can take me. I just want to get my hands and heart into something that lives outside of the web – so much of what I do is virtual, so to hold products in my hands is a very exciting experience for me.

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

The decor8 kit is part of a very limited edition, so if you want one, you have to order it as soon as possible. Kits ship worldwide and cost $19.99.

In the kit you get:
(4) 6×8 Papers
(31) Journal Cards – (6) 4×6 and (25) 3×4
Transparency shapes
(2 Sheets) Circle and Arrow Stickers
Tube of sequins in black, copper, mint, emerald, pale pink
Washi tape strips
Wood veneer trees

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

Here is a little unboxing video that I did for you:

The story behind my kit: I love Danish design so the playful, geometric patterns are a direct result of what I see coming out of Scandinavia, and the forest behind my house has inspired the nature motifs. I wanted this kit to be light and bright so that when creatives are designing their pages and laying in their photos, it will be their photos that shine and stand out and the designs of my kit will not compete or outshine the photos but rather, make them look even more beautiful. I also made sure the kit wasn’t overly Christmas-y since their are so many religions and traditions with the holiday season these days that red and green, Santa and the more traditional aesthetic doesn’t fit everyone. Plus, December isn’t only about the holiday itself…. It’s about gathering family, enjoying snowy walks, extra time playing with your children, sipping hot cocoa, baking, and thinking about the year behind and the year ago – it’s a time of reflection, family and love. I selected the words – sparkle, smile, shine, love, twinkle – with my two-year-old son in mind because he has given me such a fresh view of the world through his curious eyes.

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

Order Now: December Daily Kit Designed By decor8!

ORDER YOURS HERE before they sell out – once they are gone, that’s it – no more kits!

Thank you all so much for your support, love and good energy – I am so proud of this kit, I’ve had a really hard year and to do something with paper and make a pretty grouping of things that can support you and your creativity makes me so so SO happy. And thank you Ali for having me!!!!

(Photographs + Video: Holly Becker – except flat lay of all products, that photo is by Ali Edwards)






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Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

May 13, 2016

Our trip to Paris yielded so many good experiences and memories, beyond words, really. From meeting (and lunch!) with Artistic Director Daniel Rozensztroch of Merci to hanging out with the delightful Cécile Figuette of Bien Fait, making flowers with shopowner and author Adeline Klam… It was all so fascinating… Oh and did I tell you that we were treated to a beautiful lunch and dessert at Ladurée? We were indeed. We also visited the much envied children’s online store Smallable in their first new storefront. Oh, and there was the great hotel that treated us so nicely, Grand Pigalle, with a bathtub I could have slept in… It was a beautiful week. But there’s more… I got to meet a fan of my blog who is also an exquisite artist, a textile designer with the hand of a magician, who transforms delicate fabrics into blooms that you simply have to see to believe. Her name is Laurence Aguerre.

Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

Morten Toni Vinther for decor8

We spent time with Laurence chatting in mostly French (thank God I had my friend with me to help!) in her tiny, sunny studio that is part of a collaborative artists’ space where you have to win a lottery to get your own atelier (or not) there. The  35 ateliers are located in a large building in central Paris called Les Ateliers De Paris, which is known as a incubator of creativity or as the French would say, “L’incubateur des métiers de création.” Continue Reading…






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My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris

May 3, 2016

Hi friends! I was in Paris not too long ago and got to meet and tour the creative workshop and retail space of French designer and author Adeline Klam. Do you know of her? I’ve been following Adeline’s work for many years when I first found out about her through former decor8 columnist Emilie Gupta. So when my assistant lined up a special morning with this lovely lady, I was thrilled! She had me and my friend come to her shop for a special customized workshop – to create crepe paper flowers, and talk to her a little about her business.

My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris

Holly Becker for decor8

Located in Paris, Adeline’s shop is what you’d called a playland for crafty adults and children, too. She sells lots of lovely kits for makers that include all of the ingredients to make the featured craft on the kit cover. The one thing I associate the most closely with Adeline is Japanese paper. She sources only the best from Japan, some coming from very traditional paper factories there, and it’s stunning! In fact, she infuses her many projects and products with it – there are so many applications for this type of paper that goes beyond origami craft. Adeline studied textile design in Paris and now applies her love of pattern to her work as a shop owner, craft creator, product developer and book author. Continue Reading…






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Shop: Affordable Art By Leslie Weaver

March 31, 2016

I realized today that my blog lost a little of that special something when I stopped blogging so much about the products I love. I dunno, I just stopped and the blog changed focus from being largely product and home tour driven to a tighter and more reliable format of stories you can count on each week from DIY to recipes and yeah, still home tours… And you guys love those stories and so do I…. But what about products – like the things I love and find and can’t stop talking about to my friends during coffee breaks on weekends? That’s the stuff I want to know about and see so why wouldn’t you? So each week I will have a shop post like this one where I highlight a great find that deserves to be in the spotlight. This week, it’s colorful affordable art by American artist Leslie Weaver (mostly originals!) that I’m deliriously crushing on. Take a look…

Shop: Affordable Art By Leslie Weaver

You can buy her work in her etsy shop, so definitely head over there to see her dozens of works. Here are some more of my favorites from her portfolio below…

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5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

February 13, 2016

Hello everyone, are you ready for some gift wrap inspiration for Spring? I really enjoyed putting together this post for you about gift wrap ideas for your upcoming celebrations. My fingers are crossed that you will like it too. Using some wrapping paper from Zazzle along with goodies from my craft closet, I pulled together 5 pretty gifts for 5 different types of people and occasions, all with a fresh Spring theme.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

Before deciding how to wrap your present, you have to consider who it is for and the colors that you think the recipient will like the most. Collect all of the little elements. You won’t use them all, but at least you have them laid out before you to build your ideas from.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

1. TEENAGE BOY BIRTHDAY – My first gift is for a pretend nephew with the first name Andrew, and he just turned 12. So I went with something that could be a little childlike but also cool teenage boy, too.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas
I used two gift wraps from Zazzle, the Black and White Modern Concrete Pattern Wrapping Paper and the Customizable Black & White Grid Pattern Gift Wrap. I created a band using the Grid Pattern wrap, then I pulled out a straw from my kitchen stash and formed an “A” using scissors, then with black washi tape, I wrapped it together and added copper wire to the top.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas
I really love the Black and White Modern Concrete Pattern Wrapping Paper. I have so many more ideas for it but this one works for a teenage boy. I added some stars for a little fun and tied the A with gold leather.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas
For these two gift ideas, I’ve used the Modern Black and White Dalmatian Spots Wrapping Paper and the Black & White Grid paper. With various papers, handmade crepe paper flowers, washi tapes, etc. I created these two gifts shown below. I find it really helpful to decide on everything you want for the gift by land things side by side on a white bare table so it becomes a bit of a mood board to you. As you look at everything with a critical eye, you start to come up with some clever and creative combinations. The key is not to stress or think to hard. And have fun! Create some fun arrangements with color and pattern. Inject your own style and personality into your wrapping as well as taking into consideration the recipient – their age, gender, occasion, etc.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

BIRTHDAY TODDER BOY (OR GIRL) – This little gift, using the Modern Black and White Dalmatian Spots Wrapping Paper, is for my little boy who turned TWO this week. Instead of hiding such a pretty card away, I thought it should be part of the display so I folded back the envelope flap and tucked it into the front. I really love this paper, it’s so versatile and I can see doing all sorts of creative projects with it.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

EASTER BRUNCH FOR FEMALE FRIEND – Here is what became of the Black & White Grid paper and the flowers I showed a moment ago (above) laid out. I formed a little paper cone, put the flowers inside and hung some ribbons through the bottom and secured around the cone. It’s so simple and easy but very graphic and makes a bold statement. This is a gift for a stylish girlfriend, one who is a Kate Spade kind of girl – a bit preppy and definitely loves bold and graphic design.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

MOTHER’S DAY – My next gift idea is with the Gold Foil Polka Dots Modern Teal Mint Metallic Wrapping Paper and some supplies from my closet, including origami papers and washi tape. This is a very Japanese-inspired look. It’s for Mother’s Day, I know she loves pretty pastels and delicate prints.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

BABY SHOWER – I did the same thing with the card as I did earlier, I let the card show on the front of the package. I’ve used the Faux Bois Wrapping Paper and then the Herringbone Pattern Faux Gold Foil Teal Geometric Wrapping Paper to create a thin band around the gift. You’ll notice that I didn’t end up using a lot of ribbon on any of my gifts. I think it’s because I’m currently not that into it as much as I was in years’ past. We all go through phases. Currently, my obsession is paper of all kinds. Oh, and I tucked a Aqua Blue Very Merry Christmas Gift Tag inside, I just used the opposite side so you can’t see the “Very Merry” message. I believe in reusing Xmas tags all year round so they don’t go to waste.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

Those are some of my gift wrap ideas. I hope they’ve inspired you.

Other papers I have from Zazzle that I have used and love (not shown on my gift ideas) include:
Tiny Trees Wrapping Paper
Gold Foil Polka Dots Modern Holiday White Metallic Wrapping Paper
Herringbone Pattern Faux Gold Foil White Geometric Wrapping Paper
Black and White Stripes Wrapping Paper
Coral and Blue Girly Plaid Gift Wrap
Fresh Winter Evergreens
Faux Gold Foil White Arrows Pattern Wrapping Paper

This post was created in collaboration with Zazzle. All words, text and opinions are my own.

(Photography, Styling, Text: Holly Becker)






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Zazzle For Weddings + Win $150 Gift Card

September 11, 2015

Hello everyone! I have another giveaway this week on the blog (comment on this post to win $150 from Zazzle!) and I’m sharing some pretty things from Zazzle below that I love for weddings and parties in general that I photographed today. I am such a fan of Zazzle and enjoyed working with them to select favorite things for weddings — I picked invitations that I love, table numbers, favor bags and tissue paper that I then turned into bunting and a table runner that you can use at a bridal shower or a home-style wedding if you’re going for something more homemade.

Zazzle For Weddings + Win $150 Gift Card

Zazzle has some great invitations as you can see from my selection above, all are super customizable from paper stock to color, layout, envelope choice, even edging (scalloped, tag, rounded corners, etc.). I find it a great way to create something from your heart if you don’t have the budget to hire out for hand lettering, you are not a graphic designer or you simply want to try making your own invitations because it feels more personal that Continue Reading…






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