With frigid temperatures and endless snow making up many weather forecasts, the goal of March's Paper Parcel was to provide a little Parisian escape. This month's Paper Pack was inspired by the most romantic country of all - France.
The color theme came about after I found these antique flower seed packet labels from France. All of the papers that followed were red, blue, and purple with a touch of green.
I have collected vintage French books for quite awhile so each Paper Pack came with a good variety of novel / vocabulary / map pages.
Vintage French postcards can be notoriously difficult to find, but I knew I wanted to included them in this month's Paper Parcel. I searched every flea market, antique shop, and thrift store I knew of to find enough to add two(!) to each Paper Parcel. Selection varied, but all were gorgeous.
The color theme continued with the purple vellum and the antique ledger paper with lovely purple lines. I also added in a few metallics throughout the kit because it just felt like a natural fit for the French theme.
The vintage flashcards were used to teach French history at a local high school in the 1950's. The graphics range from pretty spot on to hilariously awkward.
These playing card sized flashcards were a personal favorite this month. Each card is perfectly sized to slip into your wallet in case you need assistance with a common phrase like, "Where is the post office?". It's hard to imagine from their impeccable condition, but these flashcards are from the early 1900's.
The little bits and pieces are some of the most fun papers to gather. The stars of this group is the mini collection of French postage stamps.
And no Paper Parcel is complete without a good selection of vintage playing cards, including one with a golden Arc de Triomphe.
Hopefully the final product let you forget the cold reality for a bit and allowed you to picture yourself strolling past sidewalk cafes in Paris or walking along the Seine River.
A pretty package is always important to me, so each Paper Parcel was wrapped in either fun green or regal gold paper. A handcut French "Thank You" and metallic vintage star completed each.
Wishing to get in on next month's Paper Parcel? April is already spoken for, but subscriptions go one sale on the 1st of each month. Subscriptions starting with May's Paper Parcel will be available on April 1st.