Wednesday, 22 April 2015

celebrate good times ... Happy Birthday Gale!

party details | Creative Bag

I love to talk to customers in our stores about what they are doing with all of the great products they have loaded into their shop carts. We have so many creative customers and I am constantly inspired by so many of you. We've also got some pretty creative employees and today I wanted to share with you some of the lovely details from a birthday party hosted by two of our office staff.

Top left: Wood shaped mason jars and baker's twine were used as seating cards. We have a number of different tags and escort cards on our website - you'll also find a variety of seasonal tags that are not featured on our website in our stores. These wood jar tags are in stores only while supplies last.

Bottom left: The jar shaped tags were added to small jars filled with tiny white flowers.

Bottom right: White flowers were arranged in assorted sizes of mason jars to use as centrepieces. Notice how only one type of flower was used throughout? It may sound really simple, but selecting just one variety of flowers or one colour of flowers is often the best way if you are not a professional floral designer. Lace table runners were combined with burlap table runners for a pretty casual look.

Top right: A birthday cake as pretty as this one has to be put on a cake pedestal! We have an assortment of different cake and cupcake stands in all our stores. Selection and stock levels will vary from store to store.

We love to see what our customers have created using our products! If you are interested in sharing your story about something you have done using our products I'd love to hear from you. Just let me know in the comments section below.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Good things come in pretty packaging.

Good things come in pretty packaging.

Mother's Day is on Sunday May 10th this year.

Mom always said it was the thought that counts, so make sure she knows how much you love her by using our pretty packaging supplies.

Shop our new spring collections.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

an evening out with Weddingbells magazine to celebrate their 30th anniversary

I had the pleasure of attending Weddingbells Magazine's 30th anniversary bash last week at the Design Exchange in Toronto. 

The marquee lights spelling out "WEDDINGBELLS" were the highlight of the night for me - aren't they amazing! The marquee lights were created by Event Graffiti

Here's a few more pictures from the evening ...

There was eye candy everywhere you looked.

Models in beautiful wedding dresses and assorted sizes of white balloons hanging from the ceiling.

Created by Bonnie Gordon, these macarons were arranged by colour and were almost too beautiful to eat. I believe there were over 24 different flavors and colours.

Our friends at Petite and Sweet created this adorable sweet table.

A party without a cake is just a meeting ... this amazing cake was created by Opera Cake Co.

The bars were spectacular and entertaining. There were beautifully carved ice sculptures ...  

and designer signature drinks. 

When this photo of the confetti poppers came up on the big screen during one of the speeches I had to take a quick pic. This is one of my favourite diy wedding projects on the Weddingbells website. The confetti poppers were created using our push pop containers.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter Holiday Hours and inspiration from our Pinterest boards

Just a reminder that all of our store locations will be closed this Friday April 3, 2015 and Sunday April 5th. Stores will be open regular hours on Saturday. 

Find details about our regular store hours for each of our store locations here.

Looking for some yummy Easter inspiration and unique packaging ideas? Check out our Pinterest boards. Here's a few of our recent pins ...

nEaster inspirational ideas from our Pinterest board | Creative Bag

Here's the links to pins (from top to bottom, left to right):
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

diy candle favors using our love-ly mini mason jars

diy candle favors | Creative Bag

Here's a unique diy wedding favor idea that is easy to create in an afternoon and one that you can personalize in so many ways. I used soy wax flakes and our small "love" mason jars to create these candle favors. 

You can add colour to the wax to match your wedding colours or leave the wax white as I did. You can use one colour wax or layer several different colours together! It's easy to add a scent to the wax using concentrated fragrance oils.  I wanted my favor to co-ordinate with a confetti theme, so I added coloured candy confetti to the wax after I poured it into the jar. The jar lid can be personalized with custom printed stickers. I also added a large paper flower to a gift tag and attached the tag to the mini mason jar using baker's twine.

diy candle favors | Creative Bag

Here's what I used to create my candle favor: mini love mason jar, soy wax flakes, 2.5" candle wicks with tab, glue dot, chop sticks or similar, baker's twine, measuring cup or similar to melt wax in, medium saucepan (to use as double boiler), water, candy confetti.

Optional - essential oils for fragrance and/or wax dye. Follow instructions on packaging for these elements if you are going to add them to the wax.

diy candle favors | Creative Bag

1. I used a 2.5" standard candle wick with tab in this project because it was the perfect height for the jar. (Basically, I could not see the point in paying extra money for the 6" wicks when I knew I would be cutting the wick down to 2.5" at the end.) To keep the wick from falling over when you are adding the wax to the jar, simply place a glue dot on the bottom of the tab and adhere it to the bottom centre of the jar. To keep the wick straight, tie a piece of baker's twine to the top of the wick and wind the twine around a chop stick as shown above.

2. Melt your soy wax flakes according to the packaging instructions. I was only making one candle so I melted my wax in small quantities. I placed a small glass bowl with some soy wax flakes into a small saucepan of boiling water and left it to melt for about a minute before stirring. I would suggest using a small Pyrex measuring cup instead of a glass bowl to melt the wax if you have one - it's easier to pour the melted wax into the jar.

3. I poured the melted wax in layers into the mason jar so that the candy confetti did not all fall to the bottom of the jar. I waited for each layer to dry before pouring more wax into the jar.

4. Once the mason jar is as full as you would like, let the wax dry completely for a few hours before removing the baker's twine from the wick.

diy candle favors | Creative Bag

Decorate your jars as you would like using custom stickers and/or hang tags.

diy candle favors | Creative Bag

diy candle favors | Creative Bag

Chalkboard stickers and paper tags can also be decorated with custom stamps using ink or chalk markers. I showed you how to do that here with ink and here with chalk markers.

Friday, 13 March 2015

you can do it yourself - customize our cotton and burlap tote bags

you can do it yourself - customize tote bags | Creative Bag

Our custom service department specializes in creating custom bags for retail stores and special events. But if you are looking for just a few bags to use for a birthday party, shower or wedding we have a variety of plain reusable bags that you can purchase in smaller quantities and personalize yourself. 

Two of the bags that I like to purchase for my own personal use and to give away as gifts are our large burlap and cotton tote bags. 

you can do it yourself - customize tote bags | Creative Bag

The cotton tote bag is reusable and great to use as a shopping bag or book bag. They are inexpensive, come in a number of different colours and make a great favor bag for events. I like the natural ones the best because they are like blank canvases just waiting for me to embellish them!

you can do it yourself - customize tote bags | Creative Bag

I used a light colour iron on transfer on this sample. I created my own design on my computer and printed it onto the transfer paper using my ink jet printer. You use an ordinary iron to add the design to the bag and all of the instructions are on the packaging.

I created the glitter heart using an iron on glitter material made by Circut. We have a few rolls of the gold glitter iron on in our Toronto Store right now. The glitter iron on is very simple to use - simply cut it out with scissors and iron it onto your bag. I actually used a heart shaped paper punch to cut out my heart shape for this bag.

you can do it yourself - customize tote bags | Creative Bag

I have not had much success using iron on transfers on our burlap bags. The weave of the burlap is just too open for most iron on designs that I have tried. I really like this burlap tote because it is great for the beach (think destination wedding guest/favor bag) or using around town to carry books or a laptop. I did find that the iron on glitter material worked really well on the burlap bag. Here you can see that I cut out a large bird shape on my tote bag. I think that I these bags would be lovely decorated with large glitter hearts for a shower or wedding gift.

personalized tote bags for wedding favors & destination guest bags | Creative Bag Wedding

By the way, if you are looking for custom tote bags for a wedding and are not into diy projects - we do have a variety of tote bags with different designs that you can order and personalize online. Find them here!

Monday, 9 March 2015

new econo candy bags

candy packaging | Creative Bag

We are excited to announce the arrival of our exclusive new line of Creative Bag Econo Hard Bottom Candy BagsAvailable in packs of 100 (1000/case) in 5 different sizes. You can save up to 50% off the cost of our regular flat bottom candy bags!
candy packaging | Creative Bag

Our customers are so creative and we know that you will come up with lots more ideas for using these food safe bags to package lots of yummy treats. 

These bags are also suitable for wedding and party favors.