The July issue of Wedding Monthly was sent out today. This issue features articles on sending Thank You cards. We also have a Heidi's Special for the month of July - receive 25% off our classic Thank You cards.
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If you're giving out CDs to your wedding guests this summer, here's a free template that you can use to cut out the covers. Just go to CD Wedding Favors on the Botanical PaperWorks website and download the PDF template.
I just got back from a couple of days at my family's cottage on Lake Winnipeg. What a gorgeous weekend! Warm breezes on Saturday and hot sunshine on Sunday. Just the kind of weekend that we Winnipeggers wait for all winter.
It started me thinking about how this cottage was the place where Botanical PaperWorks was started. Mary and I did our first handmade paper recipes on the old deck of the cottage. We gathered mosses, leaves and chokecherries from the grasslands surrounding the cottage. We drew inspiration from the beaches and magnificent fresh-water lake, as we designed the first stationery and invitation lines. And we dreamed and planned the first catalog and website into existence right in the living room, looking out on the lake.
What's more, each of our three books were penned at the cottage - what better place to work hard, with the beauty of nature surrounding us and motivating us!
I hope that you get the opportunity for some dreaming and creating this summer. Think about what inspires you, and surround yourself with it! Best wishes, Heidi
In my backyard, some of the beautiful late spring/early summer plants are starting to fade and wither. But not to worry, they can be used for making handmade paper!
Here are a couple of suggestions for harvesting and storing plant material for use during the winter months:
1) Harvest colorful flowers by trimming the flower from the plant and picking off the petals. Dry the petals in a shallow paper box or in a flower press (for flat petals), then store on between paper towels in a plastic bag. Make sure the petals are completely dry before bagging, or you're return to a mouldy mess!
Fresh flower petals are beautiful in handmade paper, so if you are inspired to pull a few sheets now, just add the petals to your vat and whisk well.
2) Leaves can either be dried flat or curled. Dry leaves between books or in a flower press and save in bags, as done above with petals. Curled leaves are handy for crunching and adding to pulp at a later date. This crunching gives the paper lovely bits of leaves throughout the pulp.
3) As irises and daylilies fade, leave them on the plant to fully wither and dry. Harvest them either in the fall, or better yet, in the early spring after they have retted somewhat on the ground.
Take the time to gather and dry some of the summer's bounty. When winter comes, you'll be glad you did!