I'm sharing with you today the holiday gifts I gave that took the most time this year. Collectively, I don't even want to know how many hours went into each of these Stationery Sets. I do know that it was worth it and that a month later, I am still being thanked. And, I think I turned my little sister into a letter writer so it was DEFINITELY worth it.
I first made myself a stationery wrap in 2009. This is a very old-school thing here. You take an old file, fold and stitch in the ends and bingo! Awesome place to stash letters you need to reply to and all the stationery you need to reply to them. At one point, I had a copy of an old article from somewhere (that I can no longer find) that talked about turning old files and other things made from sturdy paper into the-poor-mans-briefcase, a the article referred to it.
I made one of these for my immediate family members this year.
I hand stitched the outer wrap with regular old embroidery floss (the kind I made friendship bracelets from when I was a kid). The stationery was printed on 25% cotton stock and the envelopes were purchased from one of my suppliers. Each set includes return address/mailing labels and those were printed on a really nice adhesive stock. Each set includes a coordinating Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen, some ephemera and a whole lot of love. I tied the sets for the ladies with vintage lace and the men's were tied with jute cord.
Do any of you recognize the bird tags? Those were a free printable from Lisa Rupp. I thought they were cute.
I need to make another one for myself. I have been carrying mind around pretty much daily for about 2 years and it's seen a lot of wear and tear. I tie mine with about a yard of vintage sea foam green ribbon.
Update July 2011: Want to see someone elses take on this project? Visit purplepenhead's post here.