Welcome to the neighborhood (of little paper houses)

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Spruce Land Paper Neighborhood Craft Kit by yeiou paper objects

I launched my little paper villages last spring, and didn’t really have a plan for them. They were an evolution of my generic little paper house design. I was selling them singly or in sets, and people seemed to really like them, and be interested in more variety of design. The first village combined a mini version of my paper barn and animals kit with two pretty basic little houses, and I added three more village designs over the last year and a bit.

I realized a few months ago, though, that calling them “Village Number Two” or “Village Number Three” was not only kinda lame, it meant that as I grow my product line I have to decide whether to just increment the numbers, or replace the existing #1 with a new design….it felt confusing just thinking about it!

So, I sat down with my chief strategy advisors a.k.a. my husband, Brian, and our cat, Bash:

Brian had the brilliant idea to name each kit after different trees that grow in the New England region. It seemed fitting to name these paper products after the plant they come from. Bash just knocked things on the floor. He was definitely less helpful.

We landed on tree-themed street names, specifically. The neighborhood I grew up in had a mix of trees and states for street names, so it reminds me of my home town, but lets you also imagine your own neighborhood around these kits.

The original village kit is now “Spruce Lane”, a nod to the less-saturated colors and cooler feeling:

Spruce Lane - yeiou papercraft neighborhood

“Beech Street” for this kit that feels very New England summer:

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“Village #3” became “Willow Road”, a nod to the bright, light, springy feel of this color combination:

Willow Road yeiou papercraft neighborhood

Village #4, all decked out in heart-shaped windows, is now “Pine Drive”:

Pine Drive yeiou papercraft neighborhood kit

These little neighborhoods are also begging to be made into a map, so stay tuned for that – just have to figure out what to call it! Yeiouville? The Village of Yeiou? Yeioutown? Let me know if you have a brilliant idea!

Free Printable Gift Tags

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I’m sharing the holiday spirit this year in the form of a free printable! My favorite part of the Christmas season is that it gives me a reason/excuse to make, buy, and find gifts for all of the people around me. This year, that includes you! This printable includes 6 different gift tags in various geometric shapes. I created two different colorways of this abstract geometric pattern that’s based on a design I doodle when I’m bored.

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I’ve shown the tags on plain brown kraft paper, and they do a good job of dressing up simple wrapping, but they would also work with your favorite patterned wrapping paper, if you’re a pattern-on-pattern sort of person. I think they’d look great with polka dots, stripes, or even a snowflake or evergreen sort of pattern. If you use these gift tags for your holiday wrapping, I’d love to see how they turn out! Tag me on Instagram @yeioupaperobjects or send me an email!

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Download your printable gift tag PDF!