Grab a signed copy of my new gift wrapping book ‘Giftwrapped’

We’re delighted to have taken delivery of the new book Giftwrapped, and now have our first orders coming in.

We had queues pre-ordering the gift wrapping book at the Handmade Fair last week, and have had people calling from as far away as Sweden wishing to secure a signed copy before it’s launched to the world

Jane Means book signing

 

Publication date isn’t until November 20th but you can get your very own signed copy now, and all early bird orders received by October 7th will be personally ‘giftwrapped’ by my own fair hands. I thought it would be a nice extra touch seeing as that is the title!

 

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You’ll also be entitled to a 10% discount on our website at www.janemeans.com

Just enter promo code bkb14 at checkout to get it for the special price of £18

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Every copy will be signed and I’m also very happy to write a small personal message (do be warned that I am on the road running Gift Wrapping Courses and shows from mid October until Christmas so there may be a little wait during this period).

 

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I feel totally blessed for the endeless support I’ve had whilst writing my first book and would love to hear any comments from those of you who’ve ordered a first copy of Giftwrapped.

 

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This is a dream come true and although I have aching hands from the book signings, I am smiling non stop!

Happy reading.

Jane x

 

Order your signed copy of Giftwrapped now

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A peek inside the new Jane Means gift wrapping book ‘giftwrapped’

For years this has been a dream. To put all of my creative ideas in to my very  own Gift Wrapping Book.

I’ve been approached by others, but wanted to write my signature book, with a specific look and feel, oozing with beautiful photography and simple steps.

I approached one publisher only, one whos books  I buy, read and admire, and one who was highly recommended by other authors.  It was Jacqui Small.

Jane Means book Giftwrapped cover

After several meetings and shoots, my book idea was sent off to the book fairs in New York and Frankfurt. I had to wait patiently to see what the reaction was.

Last December whilst I was in an ITV dressing room waiting to go on air with Paul O’Grady, I got the news that I had been praying for all year.  I had landed a worldwide book deal.

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On my return from honeymoon, I realised that I had no time to spare.  I had 5 weeks to put it all together, and headed up to Lincolnshire to write it, with my staff around me so I could focus without any distractions.

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I had to be ready with all of the products, ideas and content ready for the four photo shoots totalling 11 long days. This was my first book and it was mentally exhausting.

Luxury marble papers were flown in from Florence, and all of our suppliers worked in record time to meet the tight deadline

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The team and myself had great fun during the shoots, re arranging, styling, and getting the finishing touches perfect. Little did I realise that the area in Clifton Nurseries where we shot the majority of the book, would end up being my London ribbon shop.

Although the book will be launched in November, we’ve managed to secure some pre publication copies and we will keep you updated when you can grab one of the first copies before it’s launched to the world.  If you don’t want to miss out leave us a comment below and we’ll ensure you get a newsletter about it.

In the meantime here’s an insight and press release of the gift wrapping book from my publisher Jaqui Small…

 

 

giftwrapped book by Jane Means

Published by Jacqui Small | £20.00 | 20th November 2014 | Hardback

 

In this digital age, anything tangible somehow feels more significant or appreciated, and nowhere is that more evident than in the world of paper and giftwrapping. Wherever you look, blogs or magazines offer ideas for enhancing a humble gift by embellishing it with vintage or reused materials.

 

Giftwrapped builds on this trend, but takes it to a new and much more luxurious level while still keeping it real. ‘Gift Wrap Guru’ Jane Means, who wraps for the stars, royalty and high-end companies, offers her signature style and personal take on wrapping any present so that it is transformed into a  gloriously gorgeous gift. Whether it’s a simple box, a tube or an awkwardly shaped tin, Giftwrapped describes how to achieve wrapping perfection with simple step-by-step instructions and Jane’s myriad tips, so that you can learn what really works for impact and elegance.

 

The personal touch is Jane’s forte along with an innate thriftiness. She’ll show you her ‘tricks’ on how to upcycle vintage treasures and reuse unusual wrapping papers, such as sheet music and old maps, to the best effect, as well as how to choose the perfect style for the gift’s recipient.

 

All projects are shown with clear and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Giftwrapped delivers inventive ideas and designs along with the all-important know-how, so that you can create your own magical parcels whatever the occasion or celebration whether Christmas, birthday or wedding favour.

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Gift Wrapping Project – Lining gift boxes with Tissue and Ribbon

You’ve bought the gift and have found a nice little box to pop it in but have no idea how to do the tissue bit.  This is something I am always asked to cover on my gift wrapping workshops and when I trained the staff in Harrods recently, they were desperate to find a quicker way, so here’s help at hand…

 

turquoise stacked gift boxes

You will need to find a box to house for product or gift and in this project I am using one from our Turquoise Gift Box Sets. I love this colour as it’s suited to any occasion or genre and the recipient will be able to use gift boxes again and again for storage.

Turquoise trio box set

You will need a sheet of tissue and some ribbon as we are going to give it a surprise bow detail inside

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Firstly you need to measure the inside of the box (3 sides) with ribbon and then add about an extra 20cm for the bow.  This will be enough ribbon to tie a single bow around the gift.

Place your cut length of ribbon inside the box

Turquoise Gift Box

Fold your tissue so it is slightly narrower than the box.  I keep the box at the side of the tissue as a visual guide (you will then measure the correct amount).  Fold under any edges to give a polished finish.

Place the folded piece of tissue on top of the ribbon

Gift Boxes Turquose

Add another sheet(s) of tissue and scrunch it in to a cushion and place in the box.

In this case I have used a China Mug from Beverley Hewitt and ensuring there is plenty of padding around it

Turquoise tissue and box

Fold the 2 sides in neatly.  If the sides are too long you can cut them down or fold them under for a polished finish.

Gift Box Set

Tie a bow to finish and add a tag if you wish.  I have used a length of our Pink Gingham Ribbon and a Small white tag which I have punched by hand with a lace detail. (Available from The Range)

turquoise gift boxes

Even if you’re giving a small inexpensive gift, popping it in a gift box and following these easy steps will give it a luxurious finish and look like that you’ve spent a lot more on the purchase and thought.

Christmas gift boxes

 

Finally decorate your gift box to give it that really luxury element with inexpensive embellishments and Teal wired ribbons.  The recipient will love it!

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I am a huge fan of gift boxes as they’re so handy for storing nick nacks, make up and jewellery.

If you’re wrapping a large item such as a tea set, follow these instructions and add a band of paper around the large box to make it look more balanced.

 

I would love t hear what you are all wrapping, and my next post will be about my forthcoming ‘giftwrapped’ book!

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Gift wrapping awkward shapes with a tailored ribbon bow

We are often faced with gift wrapping awkward shapes, and something that has always been a challenge is tying a bow around something fragile or flexible

 

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If you tried to tie a bow around a silk scarf wrapped in tissue, or a pile of delicate biscuits, it would crumple up and be hard work to tie, so here I am going to show you a simple and effective ‘tailored ribbon bow’ technique using some classic Black stitched ribbon.
Black stitched ribbon
It is really popular with mail order companies as it travels extremely well and you only need to use a minimum amount of ribbon.
Jane Means Gift Wrapping
To make this bow you will only require a reversible ribbon and some Double sided tape. In this DIY project I am going to add the bow around a gift voucher placed in an envelope
You will firstly cut a small piece off the end of the roll and this will need to be approximately three times the width of the ribbon (if your ribbon is 1 cm wide you will need to cut off 3 cms). Add double sided tape along this small piece that you have cut off.
Black stitched ribbon project

 

Next you need to add a small piece of double sided tape at the end of the roll.  You’ll now need to roll the ribbon into a circle and stick so it now looks like a figure of ’9′
Black ribbon DIY bow project
Squeeze the circle and add a small sticky piece in the centre, sticking the sides around the back.
Finally you will measure your ribbon by going around the item ensuring there is a slight overlap of approximately 2 inches (5cms).
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You can also add more than one bow to give an eye-catching and luxurious effect.  Here I have pleated the paper Japanese style.
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And I love the simplicity of this white leather bow belt, such a timeless piece.
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I’ve decorated a Mother’s Day gift in scented floral drawer liners and added some lace along with this simple bow to give the gift wrapping a chic statement.
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This is also a great technique to decorate a cake, and here I have layered a couple of ribbons for a dramatic effect for the forthcoming Cake and Bake Show I will be exhibiting at in October.
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I hope that you have great fun making this bow and please pop by and say hello if you’re at the Cake and Bake Show, I will be there making an odd appearance!
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Gift wrapping awkward shapes with tissue

One of the main questions I am asked on my gift wrapping courses, is how to tackle the gift wrapping of awkward shapes. To many it fills them with horror yet I believe wrapping awkward shapes is easier than a square box, which is more strict with measurements.

You may have bought a shirt or scarf in a smart boutique and have wondered how they wrap it without using any tape.  They have done it so quickly that you’ve missed how they’ve done it.
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Today I’ve picked a fabric apron, and there are numerous ways you can wrap this but I’m going to share a quick and easy technique.

Firstly fold it into a nice compact square or oblong, to keep it neat I tend to fold from the edges into the centre, so you end up with no visible hems or ties.
You will need an enough tissue to go around the object and some excess tissue at both sides. I have chosen contrasting tissue  in white and burgundy.
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Fold one of the end over so it forms a decorative band. Place this band in the centre of the gift and tuck in the other edge underneath, I refer to this as wrapping backwards!

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It may also help if you initially use double sided tape to hold everything in place although it’s good if you can get in to the habit of doing this freehand with practice.   For the sides you will now tuck the decorative band underneath the object so it resembles a pillow case.

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Finally you will tuck in the remaining side in on itself so you end up with a neat finish.  You can also lightly dust the tissue with your favourite fragrance or room spray to add to the senses.  When I’m wrapping fabric items I also like to play safe and have a layer of white tissue as the base colour.
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The tissue wrapped creation then can be placed in a box, gift bag, or decorated with ribbon and embellishments.  You could also make a tissue pom pom with any remaining tissue.

Gift wrapping with tissue

 

I am also delighted to announce that I have landed a Worldwide book deal, and my hardback book ‘giftwrapped’ will be launched in November 2014, so if you love gift wrapping and want to pick up lots of techniques this is the perfect book for you.

Happy wrapping folks!

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Jane Means will be sharing her Gift Wrapping Secrets

 

Gift Wrapping Secrets

 

Those of you who’ve been on one of our Gift Wrapping Courses will have had access to our ‘Gift Wrapping Secrets’

Jane Means Gift Wrapping Courses

We’ve lots of changes going on at Jane Means HQ with a more streamlined website experience, so we will be integrating our ‘Gift Wrapping Secrets’ on to our Blog right here.  All information and products will be condensed in to one website www.janemeans.com

gift wrapping Courses

We have also closed our Haberdashery Closet Ribbon Store at our Lincoln HQ, so we can make room for new online and wholesale business. Rest assured you can still order online and if you’d like any samples please give us a call on 01522 522544

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Papercraft DIY and Pinwheels

If you’re clearing out your craft room and have lots of little remnants of wrapping paper (which you’re reluctant to throw away), we have just the project for you

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It involves a little time and patience but this papercraft DIY project is great fun, and will keep the kids happy for hours!diy papercraft

With my love for luxurious wrapping papers (I call it this addiction paperlove ), I thought I’d dedicate this post to the classic ‘Pinwheel’ and ‘Paper Fan’ and show you how to make them.

Jane Means fan box

We have been making these for years on my Gift Wrapping Workshops, and they look great when added to a box or a circular tin.

 

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Here I’ve pleated the paper before wrapping a simple box to get a really dramatic and polished effect

Jane Means craft theatre

Recently at the Country Living Fair, I wanted to create some fun projects as we have so many kids popping along, plus I wanted to bring in the recycling and Eco aspect to this

pinwheel class

 

To make a paper fan or a pinwheel, all you need is some pretty paper, a small piece of wire or cord, and double sided tape (you can also add a button if you wish)

 

 

 

If you have the time and the patience, why not make a set and make a decorative wreath out of a different collage of pinwheels?

pinwheel wreath

 

Or even a paper tree decoration? (courtesy of  www.amusestudio.com)

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And I love the pretty pastel colours used in this wedding backdrop ( Courtesy of www.thesweetestoccasion.com )

pinwheel wall

 

These pinwheel flags are the perfect accessory for kids parties, and you can also add decorative buttons for a dramatic effect,  Simply wire or stick them straight on to straws or sticks.

(Courtesy of www.papervinenz.blogspot.com )

pinwheel flags

 

Apologies my blog post has been late coming, I’m involved with a huge project which I hope I will be able to tell the world about and go public shortly…watch this space!

 

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Gift Wrapping Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day can often be a challenge.  You have to buy a suitable gift then have the additional stress of the gift wrapping.  If you’re stuck for Father’s Day Gifts and ideas, read on…

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A really special gift is to make something.  Maybe a homemade jam, marmalade or jar of fudge. Add a paper lid and some raffia, and it will look as though you’ve been to a luxurious deli!
brown stitched ribbon bottle

A favourite tipple is always a good bet, and here I have wrapped a bottle up with some tissue and yellow cellophane from my local florist (they usually sell it by the metre).

eco gift wrapping ideas

 

Herbs and foliage out of the garden look great tied in to ribbon and smell wonderful too! This is perfect for garden lovers.

Brown stitched ribbon roll

 

Here I have baked some sliced oranges and added these as a decoration with an understated Brown stitched ribbon (one of my favourite looks)

feather decorations

 

You could also pick up some feathers off rural walks, and tie them in for a country persuits theme

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Newspaper is great to use, and here I have made a handmade gift bag and tied in some contrasting Sage Ribbon

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I love the pastel colour of the Financial Times and it makes a great canvas. Here you could add a brown, orange or metallic ribbon for the ultimate statement, or leave it plain and understated.

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You could also pleat the newspaper too which will instantly give it a luxury element.  You could also use a foreign newspaper, comic or old magazine as an alternative.

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Cufflinks is another great gift for dad, and here I have wrapped some gentleman’s gifts in a monochrome theme for a corporate event.

black pleated box by jane meansThis is a classic look and a favourite of luxury brands.  A plain black paper immediately gets a lift with this black and white dotty ribbon tied in a simple bow

Even if you haven’t got the time or expense to go mad for dad, just a little extra thought will make him feel super special!

 

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is on Sunday 15th June (UK)…

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Visit us at the Spirit of Summer Fair

The new London ribbon shop at Clifton Nurseries is proving very popular and we are delighted to be exhibiting alongside Clifton Nurseries at the Spirit of Summer Fair organized by House and Garden Magazine

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The 4 day fair will take place at Olympia, London from Wed 14-Sat 17 May and has hundreds of handpicked exhibitors showcasing gifts, interiors, clothing, jewellery, food and gardening.

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You will find tempting offers on ribbons and wrapping on our stand.  Clifton Nurseries have an array of bespoke gifts, gardening items and beautiful artificial flowers (many you have to do a double take as they look so realistic!).

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The gardening experts from Clifton Nurseries will also be offering many interesting talks in the seminar theatre during the fair.

Visit us at the Clifton Nurseries stand on D21 and for more information and tickets head over to Spirit Fairs website

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Jane Means to open London Shop at Clifton Nurseries

We’re delighted to be adding a Haberdashery Closet in the capital.  We are often mobbed at our London shows including Top Drawer, Spirit Fairs and Country Living

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries

Haberdashery Closet at Jane Means

For years I have been asked where is your London shop, and after opening our doors in Lincoln in 2012, I always wanted the next quirky outlet to be in London, but it had to be the right place and not necessarily a permanent fixture on a busy High Street.  Last year we starting stocking our ribbons at Clifton Nurseries which is London’s Oldest Nursery over 160 years old. (Images courtesy on Flowerona)

Jane Means new shop at Clifton Nurseries

Clifton Nurseries London W9

 

It’s one of my favourite places in Central London, and you enter this hidden oasis in Little Venice with flowers, topiary, decorations, furniture and gardens.

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You will also see Matthew Wilson wandering around there who is not only the presenter on the Channel 4 programme ‘The Landscape Man’ and a regular panellist on Radio 4′s Gardeners Question Time, but also the Managing Director of Clifton Nurseries. (Image courtesy of Achica Living )

Matthew Wilson

Recently I have been doing several photo shoots there and have done gift wrapping services and demonstrations in the Quince Tree Cafe there which have been very popular.

Clifton Nurseries Gift Wrapping Room

Gift wrapping event London

They have regular parties, launches and events at Clifton Nurseries, and even Jimmy Choo had an event there last year filled with celebrities.

Jane Means gift wrapping at Clifton Nurseries

Luckily I live nearby and love to pop to the cafe (a sunny conservatory surrounded by flowers) for a spot of brunch outside before the buzzing lunch crowd arrive.

quince tree cafe

The Ribbon and Wrapping Room at Clifton Nurseries will be  a pop up shop through the summer, stocked full of ribbons, haberdashery, trimmings, bespoke papers, decorations, gift boxes and bags and other gift wrapping accessories.

Gift wrapping room London W9

We will also be offering complimentary gift wrapping services on selective days, and be hosting several events during the summer months.

Jane Means London pop up shop

Having worked as a florist, we will be in our element surrounded by flowers and Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries will be opening it’s doors on April 25th and will be open from 11am-3pm every Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer.

Jane Means London Shop

We are also looking for some friendly part time staff to cover this opportunity and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining us. Just email us at info@janemeans.co.uk  (Please do not use the comments box or contact Clifton Nurseries)

London ribbon shop

We will keep you updated with events, sale days and news about our exciting London pop up shop through our Facebook Page and Twitter and look forward to seeing you there!

 

Jane Means Ribbons London Shop

Even if you’re visiting the capital and need to escape from the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect place to escape to stock up on ribbons and flowers and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with your favourite book!

Afternoon Tea at Clifton Nurseries

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, London W9 2PH, United Kingdom. Phone: 020 7289 6851.
If you have any queries please contact us at info@janemeans.co.u

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Visit the Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

Clifton Nurseries quince tree cafe

Quince Tree Shop at Clifton Nurseries

Quince tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

 

 

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