Avoid painting yourself into a corner with this handy new tape from Duck brand. When taping off walls and windows, use it on arched doorways...

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Curved masking tape

Avoid painting yourself into a corner with this handy new tape from Duck brand. When taping off walls and windows, use it on arched doorways, doorknobs and curved windows. Or to get really creative, use it to paint round designs on walls such as clouds and circles. $2.97. Available at Wal-Mart or www.duckproducts.com.

Scrapbooking books

Creating Keepsakes magazine came out with five new books on scrapbooking called “Creating Keepsakes Collection: Artistic Effects,” covering step-by-step how-tos on embellishments, photography, dimensional projects, text and backgrounds. Perfect for the craft lover in the family. $29.95. At major booksellers, craft stores and scrapbook retailers or go to www.creatingkeepsakes.com.

Hand-painted trunk

This Indian hand-painted trunk is part of Target’s recently launched 2006 Global Bazaar collection, which is stocked with spicy home furniture and accent pieces inspired by Africa, Asia, Europe, India and Latin America. The collection will be sold through mid-February, with most items within the $50 range. $119.99. Target stores or www.target.com

Soapstone Elephant Bookends

Inspired by designs in the African country of Mali, these weighty bookends are part of Target’s Global Bazaar collection, available through mid-February. $29.99. Target or www.target.com

Vessel

For clean, modern novelties, head to this Web site — or to Kasala, Chartreuse or Retrofit Home, where they sell many hot Vessel items. From ambient rechargeable lamps to folding seat cushions to multipurpose furniture modules, this small company is thinking big. www.vesselinc.com

Compiled by Colleen McBrinn, digs editor.