I have 15 rolls of wrapping paper and they are all for Christmas. Seven have never been opened and one (I kid you not) is from SpongeBob SquarePants. I had nothing to do with that one. When Christmas comes, I’ll be set. But yesterday, when I needed to wrap my mother’s embarrassingly late Mother’s Day gift, I had to pull what I needed from Martha Stewart Living…literally. Yup, I wrapped her present with magazine paper.
I have a love/hate relationship with my magazine subscriptions. I get Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens. They are simultaneously inspiring and frustrating. So many ideas, too little time and budget. Impeccable homes, inexpensive facial creams at just $50 a bottle (-_-), endless features of hipsters making trailer homes look spacious and thriving goat milk farms. I love seeing the inspiring, creative and beautiful things people are doing and making all across the country…and then I have to have a little pep talk about how my life is wonderful as it is and we all have different paths, journeys and goals.
Anyway, Martha’s photos are particularly eye-catching and I am continually impressed with their ability to create a stunning magazine each month. The whole publications is a work of art and I always think of the hours and hours spent staging, finding props and adjusting lighting for each shot.
But back to my wrapping paper problem. I had a small box of business cards I designed for her and though I could have used a bag, I always prefer wrapping paper since I think it’s more fun to open. So, who better to fix my problem than Martha Stewart?
So I flipped through the pages from Martha Stewart Living and I found plenty of beautiful pages to choose from. I have to say I’m pretty proud of my resourcefulness and I think it matches my mom’s style pretty perfectly. If I had to wrap a bigger box, I would have had to get more creative, but yesterday my magazines really came through for me.