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Beautiful on the Inside

Paper Projects to Spread Joy, Creativity

Paper art meets mail, Send Something Beautiful arrives in October

"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity." ~Walt Whitman

Today it seems like inspiration is everywhere, yet I still find myself craving new ideas, projects and energy to break up a typical quest for inspiration online. As much as I love Pinterest, sometimes I just need to remember what I did before those handy Pin boards displayed every enviable sight imaginable.

Don't get me wrong. I like surfing the internet for project inspiration as much as the next person (who isn't actually going to follow that casserole recipe or complete that elaborate mason jar craft). But books are more my speed, and Emily Hogarth's Send Something Beautiful makes for an inspiring read.

The book includes 25 projects intended to be sent or shared with others in order to spread the joy of crafting and creativity. "Whether you are looking for new ways to correspond, want a change from digital technology, or just love crafting with paper, this book is for you!" You're speaking my language, Hogarth.

One of my favorite projects in the book is the lacy envelope insert. It's a seemingly simple project—only paper, tape and cutting tools are involved—but it instantly makes any letter or note feel special.

Those practically hidden details, similar to the lining of a hand bag or inside jacket cuff, always make me feel like the designer went above and beyond to make a one-of-a-kind product. Hopefully your loved ones will feel the same way when they open their mail and find the lace–lined envelope you made by hand.

Cutting out this template with a craft knife is not for the faint of heart. It takes time, patience and a little bit of skill, but the results are notable.

Images excerpted from Send Something Beautiful

Wouldn't you love to surprise a favorite person with a hand-crafted project?

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.

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