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Nautical holiday kraft wrapping paper and accessories hand letterpressed
 in Brooklyn. 100% Recycled. 100% Reusable. 100% Ready to wrap.
Nautical holiday kraft wrapping paper and accessories hand letterpressed in Brooklyn. 100% Recycled. 100% Reusable. 100% Ready to wrap.
97 backers pledged $4,061 to help bring this project to life.

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A well-wrapped gift is like getting two presents in one. It signals that what's inside is special, and was chosen with thought and care.

Hi! I'm Tay and I love to give well-wrapped, handmade gifts. To that end, I have designed a series of nautical-themed wrapping papers for Christmas and Hanukkah, to be letterpressed on 100% recycled kraft wrapping paper with vegetable-based inks. This 30lb paper is recyclable and sturdy enough to repurpose while still being light enough that it's easy to use.

Santa's Vacation
Santa's Vacation

Letterpress is a process that takes time and patience as the paper must be hand-fed into the press one sheet at a time. That level of care shows in every piece of this paper. It will help your gifts stand out as the special pieces that they are. 

The Dread Pirate Gingerbread
The Dread Pirate Gingerbread

MY OBJECTIVE

Along with considering the future of our planet when creating my project, I also want to invest in the future of our children by pledging to donate 3% of all Paper Forward lifetime profits to Jumpstart, an organization that is working toward the day when every child in America enters kindergarden prepared to succeed. I served as a Jumpstart Corps Member for two years and saw first-hand the amazing impact of their work. 

While every item I sell will benefit Jumpstart, I will donate another 3% of the profits from every line of wrapping paper to a related educational charity. For example, My Nautical Holiday line will benefit The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. Using the ocean as a teaching tool, the Ocean Institute inspires learning, literacy and a love of the environment through unique science and maritime history programs. 

Note: Per Kickstarter rules, funds raised here cannot go directly to charity. But as soon as we're funded, Paper Forward will immediately begin raising money for these worthy causes!

Lobsters!
Lobsters!

WHAT WILL YOUR PLEDGE DO?

While I am able to create these designs on my own time basically cost-free, the physical plates that are used for the print making are expensive. By funding my project through Kickstarter you will help pay for these plates. This is a great arrangement for everyone because you will be getting some beautiful wrapping paper and I will be able to afford the plates to make it for you! The funding will also help pay for paper, ink, and press time, as well as a trunk to make my wrapping operation mobile, so I can host wrapping parties and sell at local artist/designer markets in NYC and Brooklyn. 

These plates are designed and ready to go and I've already begun production!

Octopus Menorah
Octopus Menorah

For your reward you can choose any combination of my 10 designs:

  • Whale of a Blizzard
  • Ahab's Sleigh
  • The Dread Pirate Gingerbread
  • Octopus Menorah
  • Hanukkah Treasure
  • Deck the Anchors
  • Santa's Vacation
  • Lobsters
  • Chevrons
  • Confetti

(All of these designs can be seen in the video up top. Surveys will be sent at the end of the campaign for you to select your designs)

Whale of a Blizzard
Whale of a Blizzard

 Here are the other fun things that will be available if I can exceed my funding goal:

  • $2,000 - Metallic and Neon inks!
  • $3,000 - Two-color designs! Because each color has to be on a separate plate, printing a two-color design costs twice as much and takes twice the time to print. If we reach this stretch goal, every reward level will be eligible for these designs (a Kickstarter-exclusive price!): Wreath Preservers, Candy Cane Ropes, Lobster Garlands
  • $4,500 - This will help bring my out-of-pocket costs to zero. This extra stretch goal will help pay for paper, cutting, press time, shipping and postage. ALSO, if we reach this goal, every pledge level will include 3 postcards (your choice of Thank you or Holiday, printed on recycled cardstock) for ALL backers. Even if you've already pledged!
  • Beyond: If we approach new stretch goals there will be more backer rewards like gift tags and Paper Forward buttons!
Deck the Anchors
Deck the Anchors

Prefer your sheets rolled instead of folded? For reward levels $60 and below, please add an extra $8 to your pledge amount to cover extra shipping costs. Or if you live/work in NYC, message me and we can arrange a free pickup!

International backers: Don't see your country listed? Please contact me directly with the reward level you are interested in and the country you need it shipped to. I will give you the price options (folded vs. rolled) and add shipping to the reward for you so that you can pledge.

Ahab's Sleigh
Ahab's Sleigh

Risks and challenges

There are always unforeseen issues that can arise in creative projects, and while I can't control all of them, I believe in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I have done multiple test runs with these designs and inks, which have turned out beautifully. All I need to get started are the plates! Once this project is fully funded, I can order the plates immediately, even if the campaign is not finished. Plates only take 4 days to arrive and then i can begin production. I am confident in setting a ship date of December 8th. Hopefully sooner if I am funded quickly!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU!
    With your first order from our online or Etsy Store, receive a Thank You bonus and three sheets (18" x 28") of blank kraft wrapping paper to customize your gift giving!

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Receive 2 folded sheets (18" x 28") of Paper Forward wrapping paper in the design(s) of your choice.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Receive 5 folded sheets (18" x 28") of Paper Forward wrapping paper in the design(s) of your choice.

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Receive 10 folded sheets (18" x 28") of Paper Forward wrapping paper in the design(s) of your choice AND 2 sheets (18" x 28") of blank kraft wrapping paper to customize your gift giving!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    DELUXE SET:
    Receive 25 rolled sheets (18" x 28") of Paper Forward wrapping paper in the design(s) of your choice, 5 sheets (18" x 28") of blank kraft wrapping paper, and a wrapping kit!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Receive everything in the $150 level, plus a limited edition Paper Forward letterpress plate from our inaugural run. (Choose from a limited quantity of lobster, whale, anchors, gingerbread pirate, or Ahab's sleigh.) Mounted on black or white mounting board or on a block for use as a stamp.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    CUSTOM DESIGN!
    I will work with you to create a single-color Paper Forward wrapping paper design which will be exclusive to you for one year. After that, you can help choose the cause that your wrapping paper will benefit. You will receive 75 rolled sheets in the color of your choice. Could be for holidays, birthdays, weddings, or just for fun! (Please note the design process takes time. As soon as this item is pledged we can start creating your design. It will be possible to have this done in time for Christmas if we get a head start designing!)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    WRAPPING PARTY!
    I will come to your house and wrap all of your presents for you! Or, have your friends over and we can have a wrapping party. Reward includes 75 sheets of Paper Forward wrapping paper, 25 sheets of blank kraft paper, and the use of ribbon, bakers twine, washi tape, gift tags and other sundries. (Before you pledge, please confirm through Google Maps that you are within a 2 hour drive from zip code 10009.)

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Funding period

- (22 days)