Do those two words evoke a memory from your childhood? Can you pinpoint when, where, and who taught you how to make and fly paper airplanes? If you’re like me, it’s something close to, “my dad taught me when I was younger.”
Having said that, I can recall being a child and watching carefully as he folded the paper so precisely…crease the paper straight down the middle, perfectly in half. Bring both corners in towards the midline to create a 45-degree angle at each side. Take the wing folds out towards the middle and crease firmly again. If you don’t accidently drop it at this point, you should have a sharp tip or ‘nose’ of the plane. Fold both haves inward to ‘release’ the folded wings from underneath. Hold the long center creased edge and with a flick of the wrist release the paper plane…with high hopes of a successful glide across the room.
Unfortunately, as a child, I hadn’t found my detail-oriented precision way of living yet. So back then my clumsy, uneven, lopsided paper-mess did not glide across the room, but rather nose-dived straight down to the floor. After wiping some tears we tried again. Finally I could get it to ‘soar’ about three feet before the eminent nose-dive. I was satisfied with the progress.
For those of your needing a paper plane folding refresher course, take a look at this YouTube Video.
Jumping ahead 25+ years to being married with kids of my own and plenty of nephews, the act of folding paper airplanes and sending them airborne around the house emerged again. This time it was my nephews that wanted the folding lesson, each taking their unique paper planes upstairs to release them off the balcony and run back down in fits of laughter as to where they landed. Where they got caught or mysteriously disappeared was always a highlight to a family gathering. Same request. Same folding. Same soaring. Same response.
The paper plane folding and soaring never got old…until they got old. I got a kick out of the fact that some of the mini planes were discovered years later caught in a window treatment or behind a plant. (Oh how I wish I had pictures or videos to include right about now…)
Moving ahead to One-Per-Week and scouring aisles of the National Stationery Show for new vendors and unique cards, had me once again reminded of the simplicity of paper planes. This time it would be by a greeting card with letter pressed precision of a paper plane that would catch my eye.
I would find myself staring at every single card in the Quick Brown Fox Letter Press booth, marveling at the straight lines, precision in color placement, and overall crispness that I found so appealing. It was in that booth that I learned the term ‘registration’ as it applies to the process of letterpress (printing the colors and black borders separately and having them line up perfectly). I applauded Kate Murray on her work, and new she had to be part of a OPW themed kit.
This month’s OPW box theme is Patterns, Puns, & Paper Planes. While it may seem like an odd grouping, you’ll see it works beautifully together. You have to subscribe to enjoy this ensemble of greeting cards by several new OPW partners, including paper planes by Quick Brown Fox LP and You Rock by The Lavender Whim.
You have until July 20th to subscribe and receive this month’s collection, scheduled to ship on July 24th.
As for our vintage postage stamps…yes, they’re loosely related, with a theme of Purple & Planes. Because, of course, there just wasn't much in the way of patterns and puns printed on postage back in the day. (Say that five times fast!)
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Hope your summer is soaring!