countdown to the holidays - part three of three

Monday, 20 November 2017

countdown to the holidays inspiration | Creative Bag

Here's one more way to countdown to the holidays and add a whimsical element to your holiday entertaining decor. 

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Wedding planners and brides love our decorative trees for centrepieces all year round. But did you know that you can also use these trees for display purposes? We painted the base of a four foot tree black and added beach stones and a burlap striped ribbon to match to our rustic themed party decor.

count down to the holidays inspiration from Creative Bag

Two inch square gift boxes were wrapped up with bands of kraft wood grain wrapping paper and tied up with red jute rope. We numbered all twenty-five boxes using blackboard stickers and chalk markers and fastened loops of plain baker's twine to the jute rope for hanging.

Stay tuned for more holiday gift wrapping and entertaining ideas!

If you missed our first two countdown ideas you can find them here and here.



Styled shoot credits:

photography  Heidi Lau Photography 
hand lettering  Love Lettering   
florals Flowerly 
nutrition specialist  Simply Nic Nutrition 
packaging & entertaining supplies  Creative Bag  
creative direction  Lorrie Everitt  


count down to the holidays inspiration from Creative Bag



Countdown to the holidays - part two of three

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

Here's a sweet idea for an interactive countdown display. If you read our last blog post you may recognize that we've reused our wood display board in this set up. We replaced the linen draw string bags with 3"x4" natural muslin pouches so that you can see the adorable mini advent cookies from The Teeny Tiny Bakery inside. 

sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

Sources: cookies, rose gold glass box

The Teeny Tiny Bakery will be selling their mini cookies at the One of a Kind Show later this month. You can also contact them here for more information about their 2017 advent cookies.

sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

Sources: advent mini cookies, muslin drawstring bags, chalkboard sign on stand, striped ribbon, battery operated string of lights, glassware, wrapping paper.

sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

Instead of numbering the bags, Learzi from Autumn Grey Designs added gold hand lettering directly to the display board. The bags were left blank so that the cookies could be seen through the fabric. The gold numbers are revealed as each bag is removed from the board. 

sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

Green striped ribbon and small natural greenery were added to make the muslin bags a little more decorative and interesting. Our greenery elements and wreaths were created for us by Christine from Flower Treasures.

Stay tuned for more ways to countdown the holidays.



Styled Shoot Credits:

photography  Janet Kwan Photography 
hand lettering  Autumn Grey Designs 
greenery and wreaths Flower Treasures   
packaging and entertaining products Creative Bag
creative direction Lorrie Everitt



sweet countdown to the holiday idea using mini advent cookies and muslin bags | creativebag.com

Countdown to the holidays - part one of three

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

countdown to the holidays with hand lettered pin-back buttons on linen drawstring bags | creativebag.com

Make every day a treat this holiday season with interactive countdown displays.

This do-it-yourself countdown calendar was created using 4"x5" linen drawstring bags, chalkboard pin-backed buttons, clothespins and a wood canvas display board.

countdown to the holidays with hand lettered pin-back buttons on linen drawstring bags | creativebag.com

countdown to the holidays with hand lettered pin-back buttons on linen drawstring bags | creativebag.com

You can find the instructions for turning a large 24" x 36" wood canvas into a countdown display board here.

countdown to the holidays with hand lettered pin-back buttons on linen drawstring bags | creativebag.com

Pin-back buttons were spray painted with chalkboard paint and attached to each of our linen drawstring bags. You can use chalk markers or paint pens to number each button.

countdown to the holidays with hand lettered pin-back buttons on linen drawstring bags | creativebag.com

Doris Wai hand lettered each pin-back button for this project. She approached each number a little differently for a whimsical twist. If you are interested in learning more about hand lettering - what tools to use, how to get started and project ideas - Doris shares all of her hand lettering secrets in her recently published book "Extraordinary Hand Lettering".

Stay tuned for more countdown to the holiday inspiration.



Styled Shoot Credits:

photography  Heidi Lau Photography 
hand lettering  Love Lettering   
florals Flowerly 
cake and sweets  Cakelaine   
nutrition specialist  Simply Nic Nutrition 
craft beer  Hometown Brew Co. 
packaging & entertaining supplies  Creative Bag  
creative direction  Lorrie Everitt  
& the handcrafted artisans:
Gather 33    


countdown to the holidays with hand lettered pin-back buttons on linen drawstring bags | creativebag.com
Sources: handcrafted rabbit and bear and reindeer felted ornament by Milo and Ben

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar

Monday, 6 November 2017

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

The most merry time of the year is almost here. Entertaining with family and friends is one of our favourite things to do during the holidays and over the next few weeks we are going to share some of our party ideas. 

Bring the outdoors in with this cottage wilderness inspired hot chocolate and sweets bar.

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

A hot chocolate bar is a great idea for young and old alike. Wood slabs, fresh greenery garlands and a vintage buffalo plaid thermos gave our set up a woodland vibe.

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

Mason jar mugs were rimmed with melted chocolate & candy sprinkles and personalized with guest names. Wrapping paper and ribbon made whipped cream dispensers look a little more festive.

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com


holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com


holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

Sweet treats become part of the party decor especially when they are as beautiful as these ones that were designed and created by Cakelaine

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com


Here's a few more festive details from our set up ...

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

self standing rustic wood frame chalkboard sign was embellished with fresh greenery garland from Flowerly and a hand lettered holiday message by Love Lettering

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

Fresh greenery and a battery operated candle were placed inside this rustic wood and glass box.

holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

Gifts were stacked in the shape of a tree as holiday decor. Wrapping papers and gift bags from our Everitt Cottage Collection worked perfectly for our wilderness themed party. Posecards and handcrafted toys were added as decorative details to the gift wrapping. 

Stay tuned for more holiday entertaining inspiration!






Styled Shoot Credits:

photography  Heidi Lau Photography
hand lettering and Posecards  Love Lettering
florist  Flowerly
cake and Sweets  Cakelaine
handcrafted gifts - 
bunny  Milo and Ben
toy camera  Little Rose & Co
moose teether  Sweetie Pie Design Co

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holiday entertaining inspiration: hot chocolate and sweets bar | creativebag.com

Introducing our new wilderness inspired gift wrapping products - The Everitt Cottage Collection

Thursday, 12 October 2017


The Everitt Cottage Collection from Creative Bag

Buffalo plaid, deer silhouettes and a touch of gold foil ... oh my! We think that our exclusive Everitt Cottage Collection is going to be making an appearance in many homes this holiday season. 
The Everitt Cottage Collection from Creative Bag

The Everitt Cottage Collection from Creative Bag

We carry a variety of ribbons and twine that will look great with the Everitt Cottage Collectioncotton twillstriped jute, burlap stripeburlap saddle stitch, jute ribbon, metallic ribbonjute, baker's twine.

The Everitt Cottage Collection from Creative Bag

These mason jar containers can be ordered online with the "hugs, kisses & merry wishes" themed logo (PD146) in gold as shown above. There is also an option to add a personalized message below the logo like your family name or business.

The Everitt Cottage Collection from Creative Bag

In stores we offer additional products to co-ordinate with this collection such as stickers and gift cards.

The Everitt Cottage Collection also goes wonderfully with many of the wrapping papers, boxes and bags from the Kraftology Collection.

The Everitt Cottage Collection from Creative Bag
Photos above by Heidi Lau Photography. Felted penguin and deer ornament from Milo and Ben. Hand lettering and "Seasons Greetings" Posecard from Love Lettering. Teether from Sweetie Pie Design Co. Wood toys by Little Rose & Co.







Wrapping Paper DIY idea - Jewellery Display Cones

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

Here's a simple DIY project using wrapping paper that is both beautiful and functional. If you make and sell handcrafted jewellery these display cones will come in handy for craft markets and to style your products for photography.

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

Here's what you'll need: 
Paper mache cones (available at most art supply stores), wrapping paper, scissors, two-sided tape, a ruler and a pencil.
Note: Wrapping paper patterns shown are from our holiday(tree farm, kraft wood grain) and everyday (gold hearts, white with gold dots) collections. 

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

1. Cut wrapping paper to fit the cone as shown above making sure that there is enough length to fit completely around the cone. Add a piece of two sided tape along the cone as shown above.

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

2. Place the cone with the two-sided tape down onto the centre back of the wrapping paper. Hold a pencil on the bottom of the cone. Roll the cone while holding the pencil in place to draw the curve of the cone onto the wrapping paper. Trim the paper along the curved line. 

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

3. Roll the paper on one side around the cone. Trim the paper to fit as shown above and use two sided tape to keep the wrapping paper in place. Continue on the other side of the cone to finish.

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

This is how the back of the cone should look when you are finished. If you want to change the wrapping paper at some point just remove the paper or cover it up and start all over again! Use assorted sizes of paper mache cones to give your display height or, if you have space, incorporate gift boxes into your display to give the cones more dimension. 

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | Creative Bag

Here's some more products that are great for displaying products in holiday markets and in styled shoots ... chalkboards, gift boxes, faux antler card holders, mini lights


For inspiration, here's how we used the DIY jewellery display cones in a holiday styled shoot recently with some local Etsy Makers:

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | jewellery by MarmaladeDesigns.ca

handcrafted jewellery by Marmalade | photo by Heidi Lau Photography | florals by Flowerly

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | jewellery by MarmaladeDesigns.ca

handcrafted jewellery by Marmalade | photo by Heidi Lau Photography | florals by Flowerly

DIY jewellery display cones using wrapping paper | jewellery by AliciasInfinity.ca

jewellery by Alicia's Infinity | photo by Heidi Lau Photography | florals by Flowerly