Before getting to July's Paper Parcel reveal, I have a bit of good and bad news to share. Let's start with the good!
- August's Paper Parcel is just about ready to go and will go in the mail in the next day or so. If you signed up last month, be sure to keep your eye on your mail!
- The start of a new month is already here which means subscriptions beginning with September's Paper Parcel will go on sale tomorrow at 8am Pacific.
- I'm thrilled to be expecting a little boy at the end of this year (obviously not the bad news!) which means I will not be continuing the Paper Parcel beyond 2014. I will be taking some time off to be with our new little baby during the first part of 2015.
- I will be decreasing the number of subscriptions I take on each month as I progress further along my pregnancy. I will only be offering One Month Subscriptions going forward and only a few each month. If you've been thinking about joining, please do so soon!
Now onto a glimpse into last month's Paper Parcel. July's Paper Parcel celebrated the laid back days of summer - escaping to the beach, soaking up the sun, and doing anything you want (or nothing at all!).
Each Paper Parcel started with a vintage postcard showing scenes from the water - beach goers in the sand, sailboats going by, or summer sunsets in the distance. A similar scene was shown in this blotter handed out by an insurance company in the late 1940's. The blotter reminded customers when their premiums were due and were meant to be slipped into a frame and kept on the customer's desk.
It's hard to tell from the photograph, but the playing card is actually miniature and the perfect size to decorate a card or slip into a Project Life scrapbook page.
This block of vintage postage stamps was one of my favorites from this group of papers. The four postage stamps make up a beautiful seaside scene, and can be used as valid postage stamps on a special letter if you're willing to part with them.
A group of color coordinated BINGO cards that actually inspired the color palette.
A few more vintage papers in shades of orange, yellow, green, and blue, including an old diner check because summer is just about the best excuse to visit your local diner for a cold milkshake. Anyone else agree?
And of course a handful of vintage playing cards to finish off any Paper Parcel! I think this month's playing card selection might be the best of the year so far. Lots of boats, palm trees, and beaches.
For July's packaging, I wanted to try something a little different so I brought out some vintage string I picked up awhile ago. Using small bits of washi tape to hold the string in place on the back, I wrapped each package in fun and unique patterns. It was fun to put together and I really liked the results. Definitely give it a shot if you're looking for a new way to wrap a gift. Use the gift recipient's favorite color string, or red and green if you're already thinking about Christmas.
Interested in joining next month's Paper Parcel - one of the last four Paper Parcels? There will be a couple of September subscriptions available tomorrow, August 1st at 8am Pacific.