Customized Gift Wrapping Paper (Part Two)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My computer conked out on December 24 so I took it as a sign to take a break.  It is Christmas anyway.

I always wanted to get creative with my gift wrapping so I combined three art projects into one: origami, personalized printed paper and rubber stamping. Now you know who will receive this gift. Hehehe!

I got the rubber stamps and gift tags from Isobelle. I bought pattern paper from an office supplies store and I stamped away!  😀 Pattern paper only costs P2.50 per piece. It is the paper that a seamstress uses to make the pattern for clothes. These gifts were given to my godsons.

How was your Christmas?

Source: via Wendy on Pinterest


Geometric Fascination

I have a mathematics degree. Although I do not use the complex theories in every day life that often, it fascinates me to see how those complexities are applied into technology we enjoy today. Yes, those nifty gadgets you enjoy  use complex mathematical codes.

I do not want to pretend to know these things because I really don’t know a lot.  So, I venture into simpler things.

Lately, I have been enjoying origami. Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. It is actually a fusion of geometry and art. I wanted to learn how to create as star using origami paper and what I had in my stash was a square origami paper. However, creating the star required me to have a pentagon paper.  I thought about using a protractor to create 72-degree angles at the center to create my pentagon but I do not own a protractor.  It turns out I can always Google and find out.  Using angle bisectors and other geometric theorem, some smart people were able to apply geometry to origami. Why didn’t I think of that?

 Oh, I just followed the instructions to come up with this one:

I find the geometry and symmetry in origami fascinating.

What I am interested in is creating my own origami designs. I think I need a refresher course in geometry. There are geometry lessons available on the Internet. Some students think that having an online tutor is a nice choice to geometry help online. I will look into that option. A good tutor would be able to explain those concepts well.

Origami: Anti-Aging?

I recently read this New York Times article.

When it comes to mental agility, we’re more likely to think of crosswords than cross-stitch. But neuroscientists suspect that learning a challenging new skill — a new language, a new musical instrument — may be even more effective than mental games at keeping the brain sharp. And quilting is more complicated than it may seem.

Even before I shared this link, my friend already took up quilting as a hobby and her quilts are beautiful.

I do not have the drive to learn quilting but I wanted to learn other skills so I thought of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. This website showed step-by-step instructions. This is what I produced after 2 hours of folding. I used the pages from an old magazine.

From the top; left to right: rose bowl, day lily, lily, 8-petal flower, tulip, cornflower

 Here are some cute origami decors I found in the Internet:





Who wants an origami wedding bouquet?



I should start collecting cute wrapping papers (and quit doing sudoku).


This is supposed to be Day 21 of the 30-day blogging challenge.