I come from a family of highly talented gift wrappers. I would go so far as to call them gift-wrap artists. My mom and my dad each had their preferred way of measuring, creasing, taping and decorating the package, and my brother and I studied these methods at their elbows throughout our childhood years. We have always taken pride in the finished product and usually spent part of the gift-opening process on Christmas morning oohing and ahhing at each other’s efforts.
Then I married Matt. I would describe his gift-wrap aesthetic and skill as those of an angry spider monkey. There is no measuring, only guessing. There is no creasing, only crushing. There is no judicious use of tape to make it appear as if the wrapping is hanging together by magic, no strategic placement. And there is certainly no decorating of packages. Bows are thoroughly disdained in the Pardo tradition.
I am convinced at this point in our years together that Matt strives to make his packages look even worse than they have to, just to irk me. We laugh about it every Christmas, so I suppose it’s now one of our holiday traditions.
I wanted to include the blue and green from my photo in my color palette, but I didn’t want to be limited to only those two. So I ended up using these old patterned papers from The Paper Studio and K&Co. The chipboard elements are also from K&Co. I cut the lettering on my Silhouette and added a silver sequin to each Christmas tree and a few of the snowflakes in the paper.
Note: I’m submitting this to the Paper Issues Owl I Want for Christmas link party.