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Thoughtfully Wrapped Gifts

Ampersand Design Studio

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There's nothing quite like giving a thoughtfully wrapped gift -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of extra money to make it special. This holiday season, we partnered with Scotch to come up with three great ways to resourcefully personalize your gift wrap with things you might already have at home.

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Giving the kids a quick and fun little activity to do while they wait to open the present is a really fun way to prolong the suspense! Whether they love the challenge of a word search or would prefer to color in a motif, this idea is easy to personalize. For one kid we might do trucks, for another some stars, but these evergreen trees are always a sure sign of the winter holidays. The only supplies needed are solid color paper, a permanent marker, crayons and tape. We used Scotch® GiftWrap Tape for the semi-gloss white gift wrap, and Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape to secure the crayons.

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For that special girlfriend, why not try making your very own tissue paper pom bow with her favorite colors? This easy personal touch can feel really special, and only takes a couple of minutes. We used Scotch® GiftWrap Tape for the semi gloss chartreuse gift wrap, Scotch® Magic™ Tape for the metallic blue and the tissue pom bow, and Scotch® Double Sided Tape to secure the bow to the package.

For the kids, transforming a simple, solid color package into their favorite friendly creature is a surefire way to make their eyes light up! The polar bear and bunny are so easy to create with just some extra paper, markers and tape. We used Scotch® Magic™ Tape for wrapping the uncoated kraft paper, and Scotch® GiftWrap Tape for the semi-gloss solid white gift wrap. We also used Scotch™ Expressions Washi Tape in pink glitter for the bunny's ears and nose, and Scotch™ Double Sided Tape to attach the paper animal parts.

March Craft Events with The Land of Nod

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Hey, hey CHICAGO!!!!! We are coming for ya! That's right, we are headed to Chicago to host two different craft events with The Land of Nod! The first is a Mom's Night out at Studio Nod on March 1, from 6-8pm. We'll be teaching everyone how to hand-stamp your own tea towel! It's so fun and easy, we promise! And then, the next morning, March 2, from 10am-12pm, we'll be hosting a Kids Craft at the North & Clybourn store! Your kiddos can build their very own pipe cleaner and straw sculpture! We couldn't be more excited to hop on the plane and get to crafting in Chicago! We hope you'll come see us! If you can make it to either (or both) events, RSVP to nodevents@landofnod.com! More details below!

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Carrie's Daughter's Gallery Wall with Minted.com

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You got to see Morgan's beautiful living room make-over a few days ago and now it's Carrie here to share my daughter, Sydney's, room which was so long overdue for a little attention. She inherited her big brother's room when she was born, and it basically didn't change for the first year. She didn't seem to mind much that things were feeling a little stale, but I was ready to mix it up for her. So, several months ago, we painted over the neutral light turquoise walls with white and pink. At this point, we hit the breaks again and nothing went back on the walls. That's when minted came to the rescue! I decided it would be fun to give her a gallery wall of cheerful art. I picked things I thought she would get a kick out of, including animals, which she loves.

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I love minted because they have a beautiful collection of children's art, much of which can be customized. I personalized the Little Bear and Red Bird illustration with Syd's name and the I Love You So Print with her name and birthdate. It was so easy to find pieces that felt appropriate for a toddler's room, but were modern and could grow with her. I didn't limit my search to the children's art; I included a few pieces from the Limited Edition Collection, too. Basically, my problem was editing down my choices (as you can see, I still chose eleven pieces so I couldn't force myself to edit too much). I love that these pieces will encourage and inspire Sydney for years to come. 

1 // Sliced Citrus by Kristie Kern, 2 // Sweet Chaos by Michelee Scott, 3 // Inquisitive Cardinal by Juniper Briggs, 4 // Baby Animal.giraffeby Cass Loh, 5 // Star Gazers by Maria Gromek, 6 // Little Bear and Red Bird by iamtonya, 7 // Heirloom Apple by Alexandra Stafford, 8 // Gesture by Kelly Ventura, 9 // Zebra From Above by Mary Ann Glynn 10 // I Love You So by Kelly Ventura 11 // Fragment 2 by Hooray Creative

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I'm of the opinion that, when creating a gallery wall, it's a fine strategy to just put together things you love and let that be the theme for it. I wanted a mix of photographic pieces and illustration, and lots of color, balanced by a bit of black and white. I was loving the idea of mixing the types of frames also and I am obsessed with the frame choices minted offers. I used so many of them and I personally love the combination of their gorgeous metallic frames (I used the matte copper, brushed silver, and matte bronze) plus a few of the whitewashed styles and white wood. They are beautiful in person... so, so good!

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I wanted to add a few little pieces I made for her in the mix so I created a simple heart with a piece of gold glitter scrapbooking paper and cut it to the size of a heart-shaped board I found at a craft store. Then, I made the letter S with a cardboard form (also from a craft store) that I painted black and then added a white brushy pattern. The weaving is from Bourbon + Gin, one of my favorite Etsy shops! Everything they make is beautiful. I love how the metallic frames work with Syd's curtains and curtain rods. Can't have too much metallic, I figure.

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I think she likes it! Thanks, minted for making her one happy little gal and for making it so easy to find amazing art, not to mention supporting independent artists!

Photos by the very talented Kyndall Durkee

Ampersand for Nod // Spring 2016

Ampersand Design Studio

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1// Color Theory Rug (comes in 4' x 6' and 5' x 8') , 2 //  Abstract Throw Pillow (Mint), 3 // Abstract Throw Pillow (Pink), 4 // Abstract Throw Pillow (Multi), 5 // Highlight Hamper, 6// Fun Throw Pillow, 7// Great Pyramid Wall Hooks

As professional pattern designers and illustrators, nothing could be more fulfilling that getting to see your vision come to life on truly well-made products for a really cool company. Seriously, it's everything to us!! So when the Land of Nod Spring 2016 catalog landed in our mailboxes, we pretty much freaked out...calling each other immediately to talk as we flipped through the pages. Designing products for kids is SO. MUCH. FUN. And The Land of Nod is simply just one really cool company to work for. For this spring collection, we got to design everything from baby blankets, to rugs, to wall hooks and even a teepee! We rounded up most of the products right here for you with direct links to the Nod site but you can always just search "Ampersand Design Studio" in their search field to find all current products by us. And, we can't go without saying, Nod works with some of the most talented designers in the game, so make sure you check out ALL of the latest including other designer partnerships. You are sure to be blown away!

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1// Creature Comfort Baby Quilt, 2// Orange High Five Throw Pillow, 3// Creature Comfort Sheet Set (comes in lots of sizes: changing pad cover, crib, toddler, twin , full and queen), 4// A Teepee to Call Your Own (Blue Maze) (also comes in Orange Maze), 5// Creature Comfort Quilt (comes in twin, full and queen), 6// Creature Comfort Pillow Sham, 7// Cool Monster Throw Pillow

We had the best time designing bedding with our own boys in mind (see the Creature Comfort collection above!). And then, we got to design the girly bedding of our 80s childhood dreams (see the Rainbow Charm collection below) including yet another rainbow pillow. All of you who know us, know that nothing could be more fitting!

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1// Rainbow Charm Pillow Sham, 2// Rainbow Charm Sheet Set (available in crib, changing pad cover, toddler, twin, full and queen) 3// Rainbow Charm Blanket (also available in baby, twin, full and queen), 4// Rainbow Throw Pillow, 5// High Five Throw Pillow (Pink), 6//Happy Clouds Growth Chart (option to personalize), 7// Tropical Punch Baby Quilt

If you can, take the chance to peruse all of the images on the Nod website, check out the close-ups of each product so you can really see the quality of craftsmanship in each piece. Notice the way the quilts are pieced together. Check out the artistic stitching on the word pillows. Zoom in to see details of the rug (and you can even get a color sample)! All these bits of attention to detail make all the difference! Hope you love our latest creations for Nod! If you get anything for yourself, please share a photo with us and use #AmpersandforNod! You will make our day!

Ampersand for Command DIY Advent Tree

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Come December 1st, kids and adults alike begin the exciting countdown to Christmas Day and an advent calendar is such a fun way to bring the countdown to life! We created this life-sized version using kraft boxes, bags and envelopes along with Command™ strips, clips and hooks to accommodate all the various sizes of little gifties you might want to include for our Bright & Merry Trend for Command! It’s bright and fun and so easy to create! For the full DIY, including all the Command™ products we used to bring it to life, head to Command.com

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photos by Wheat Photography video by Paper Crane Photo

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