Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Halloween entertaining inspiration from the LCBO

Halloween entertaining ideas

The new LCBO Food and Drink magazine is out and we are totally loving the entertaining ideas for fall 2015. 

Our orange and black striped pillow boxes were used as favor packaging for a Halloween themed dinner party. The custom stickers that were added to the boxes are a clever and simple idea. 

Halloween entertaining ideas

Pick up your copy at the LCBO before they run out!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Hooray - we're back on Instagram!

So excited to tell you that we're back on Instagram

After experiencing some technical difficulties with our original Creative Bag Instagram account we have set up a brand new Instagram account. I hope that you will pop over to see what we are up to and of course, follow us!

Monday, 21 September 2015

pretty packaging inspiration from Paris

Laduree Paris - beautiful packaging inspiration

Here's some pretty packaging inspiration from my recent trip to Paris. While everyone else was drooling over the yummy macarons and pastries in the window displays, I was getting excited about the beautiful bags, boxes and packaging

These are two of my favourite tea rooms in Paris ... 

Laduree Paris - beautiful packaging inspiration

Ladureefounded in 1862 

Angelina Paris - beautiful packaging inspiration

 Angelina founded in 1903

I have to be honest, everything that I purchased at these two stores was because of the packaging. Proof that product packaging not only reinforces your branding message it also increases sales. Interested in custom packaging

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Give your brand some holiday cheer - part three

Gotta love black and white branding. It's so versatile and works for so many businesses. Just look at the incredible packaging and branding examples from our Pinterest boards

Black and white branding was the inspiration for our Urban Market collection. This collection is simple, bold, contemporary and fun. And what I really like about this collection is that it's really easy to customize by simply adding ribbons and tissue paper in solid colors of your choice. 

Add a little holiday cheer to your holiday packaging, marketing and visual displays with Urban Market.

Pinterest inspiration (clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

give your brand a little holiday cheer this year - part two

add some holiday cheer to your branding | Creative Bag

In our last post I talked about how easy it is to add a little holiday spirit to your brand story by using holiday gift packaging that compliments your product packaging. Here's some of my suggestions: go that extra step and package customer purchases in holiday bags and boxes so they are gift ready, frame holiday wrapping paper like art to use as part of your holiday instore decor and online marketing photography, add holiday bags and boxes in your windows and instore displays, attach co-ordinating ribbons to just about anything! 

In this post I'm going to focus on our "1961" holiday gift wrapping collection. This retro inspired collection is a little more whimsical and colourful so I went back to our Pinterest boards to give you some examples of product packaging and branding that I think would partner well with "1961".

Pinterest inspiration (clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 

1961 holiday collection | Creative Bag

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Add some holiday cheer to your brand using our exclusive gift wrapping products - part one

add some holiday cheer to your branding using our exclusive gift wrapping products | Creative Bag

At Creative Bag we love creative packaging and great branding. So it makes sense that we are always on the look out for great packaging and branding ideas to add to our Pinterest boards. I took a look through our Creative Branding Ideas boards to see if I could find examples of great branding and beautiful packaging that would co-ordinate with our three holiday gift wrapping programs. 

This first post is all about kraft, black and gold foil packaging.

Our Leaves and Letters collection is natural with a mix of modern black and gold graphics. If your everyday packaging and branding materials are similar to the examples above, you may want to check out the Leaves and Letters holiday collection for products to add to your holiday marketing and gift packaging programs.

Pinterest inspiration (clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10.

add some holiday cheer to your gift wrapping with the Leaves and Letters holiday collection  | Creative Bag

Monday, 24 August 2015

Creative Pinspiration to do with the kids (vol 2)

creative pinspiration to do with the kids

In my last post I gave you some project ideas that you can do with the kids using our everyday products and inspiration from our Pinterest boards. Here's a few more ideas to inspire you using paper lanterns, clothespins, ribbon, baker's twine, lace and iron on transfers.

Paper lanterns are not just for weddings and parties, let the kids decorate their bedrooms with paper lanterns that they have decorated with paint, tissue paper, decorative paper napkins or fabric pieces.

Clothespins are available in a variety of different sizes and colours. Let the kids decorate inexpensive clothespins with paint, markers, glitter tape and more. Embellished clothespins on paper bags are a wonderful idea for a child's birthday party favor.

creative pinspiration to do with the kids

Make an entrance with a ribbon curtain on a door. This project takes me back to a time when I was a teenager and I begged my Mom to take the door off my bedroom closet so I could hang a funky beaded curtain in it's place.

A great way to use up ribbon and lace scraps is to create these adorable heart shaped sun catchers.

Baker's twine can be braided or used with leather and felt scraps to create funky bracelets.

String art can be created using any kind of string but I think that baker's twine would give this 1960's craft technique a modern twist. This is a great string art idea for the kids - spell out their names on long pieces of wood and hang the finished art in their bedrooms.

What little girl doesn't dream of being a princess? Make princess crowns using crochet lace ribbon or lace ribbon and fabric stiffener. You can add metallic paint, glitter and rhinestones afterwards if you want the crowns to sparkle.

Older fashionistas might like to decorate their denim shorts with lace or crochet lace ribbon. Sew the lace ribbon on by hand or give older kids a lesson on how to use the sewing machine with this basic sewing project.

Use iron on transfers on scraps of fabric or napkins and frame them in embroidery hoops. You can teach older children a few basic embroidery stitches and create a unique piece of art. Younger children can embellish the iron on transfer design using fabric markers and glitter glue instead of using needles and thread!

October is not that far away and if your child is into superhero these tee shirts are a fun idea for now and they can be reused later for Halloween! The project pin will take you to a website with the artwork for the superhero icons to use with our iron on transfers.

Note: Iron on transfers require adult supervision during the ironing stage.

lace crowns, fashionista shorts, embroidery hoop art, superhero tees

I hope that you have enjoyed the 

Find many more creative ideas using our products on our Pinterest boards.

Have a great week!