I am a sucker for pretty paper: tissue paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, wallpaper, imported paper, fancy paper napkins, gift bags, wrapping paper, I love it all. It is one of my guilty pleasures, in fact. I will walk into a scrapbook store and browse the hundreds of pretty papers for about 1/2 hour then then pick out a few pieces to take home and keep in my "stash". If you buy a lot of them they can get pricey but I'm really good at watching for the sales and it is rare that I don't have a 40% coupon from Michaels so it's a pretty cheap way to put a smile on my face.
I also like to take that "stash" and find new uses for all those pretty papers. I will make tags for gifts or wrap packages with a band of those gorgeous patterns. I use a lot of music paper on my canvases and I like to Mod Podge patterned tissue paper over canvases as well. I save the scraps, too. I use the little bits as tags or tabs or just collage a bunch of them down in my art journals.
One of my favorite "simple things"!
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