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!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Creative Pinspiration to do with the kids (vol 1)

Creative Pinspiration to do with the kids

Summer is almost over and the beginning of a new year of school is just around the corner. If you are getting tired of hearing the kids say "there's nothing to do", why not take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and let them create something fun using some of our everydayproducts.

I've been pinning a number of creative ideas to do with the kids on our Pinterest boards lately. Here's some of my favourites along with the links to the projects.

Who knew you could do so many creative things with tissue paper and mason jars?!

Creative Pinspiration to do with the kids

Paper straws are not just for drinking. String paper straw "beads" onto baker's twine
 to create jewellery for younger children or a garland to hang artwork and pictures for a child's bedroom.

Creative Pinspiration to do with the kids

Gable boxes are not just for baked goods! Love how these ones were decorated and used as activity boxes for kids. 

And you've gotta love this simple idea using plain wrapping paper. Use white or kraft wrapping paper with crayons and markers. This idea would be also be adorable using

Have you created or pinned any fun projects to do with the kids using our products?

Leave me a comment with a link to your project or pin! 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Sneak peek at our exclusive 2015 ho ho holiday collections

holiday gift wrapping | Creative Bag

The cold weather is still a ways a way, but some of our holiday products have started to arrive in our warehouse.

We designed three exclusive collections for this holiday season. Each collection is very different, and to be honest, I still am not sure which one is my favourite.

black and white holiday gift wrapping | Creative Bag

URBAN MARKET is black and white, clean and contemporary with a little dash of fun. Make this collection your own by adding pops of colour to match your brand or holiday decor. With wintery elements like snowflakes, bears and pine trees, you're bound to get into the holiday spirit.

retro holiday gift wrapping | Creative Bag

1961 is a retro collection featuring candy stripes, whimsical ornaments and an argyle print inspired by grandpa's holiday socks. 

kraft/black/gold holiday gift wrapping | Creative Bag

LEAVES & LETTERS is the perfect marriage of a little bit rustic and a little bit of sparkle. Dress up or dress down this kraft, black and gold collection to compliment your packaging and decor projects

holiday gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Our holiday 2015 collection catalogue can be viewed online here

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Bake it. Decorate it. Pack it. (repeat)

Bake it. Decorate it. Pack it. (repeat) ... bakery packaging supplies from

Pretty baked goods deserve to have pretty packaging. That's why we are always on the lookout for new and interesting packaging supplies forbaked goods. Whether you are baking cakes, cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, pies, brownies … you get the idea … we've got your packaging.

All of our single serve bakery containers are also suitable for favor packaging for weddings, parties and special events.

Bake shops that are interested in using their packaging to enhance their brand can contact our custom department for more information about our custom bakery products. Your baked goods are uniquely your own … your packaging should be too!

Need a little inspiration? Check our our Pinterest boards for more bakery and custom packaging ideas.

Lorrie Everitt - Creative Director for Creative Bag

Monday, 27 July 2015

summer entertaining inspiration

summer entertaining serving products | Creative Bag

Next to holiday entertaining, summertime is our favourite time of year to entertain family and friends. Whether you are planning to entertain outside on the deck, in the backyard or inside at home or the cottage, let us help you to make summer entertaining a breeze with our packaging and serving products!

Our creative friend, Elle Daftarian, from Petite and Sweet has just launched her new online magazine called "She Entertains" and it's filled with summer party recipes and summer entertaining inspiration. You can read it (for free!) here.

She Entertains online magazine by Elle Daftarian

Have a wonderful week - the weather is going to be beautiful!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

you can do it yourself - throw an anniversaryparty part three of three

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

This is my third and last post for the diy anniversary party. I've already shown you the sweet table and drink station and today I'm going to share with you some of the extra party details that I set up. 

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

I set up a table with macaron favors and an alternative guest book idea for guests before they leave to go home.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

Our vanilla and pistachio macaron favors were created by Bake Sale

I could have added the macarons to the sweet table but I thought that it would be nice to have a little something to offer guests with a long drive home - especially if the party is at the cottage! I packaged three macarons in our 2-5/8"x1-7/8"x11" econo hard bottom candy bags

I placed a chalkboard sign by the macarons similar to the ones I created for the sweet table. The sign was inserted into a birch container filled with moss. I drew a design with pencil on the birch container and then used a wood burner to complete the project. If you don't have a wood burner, use a brown sharpie marker to create a similar effect on a birch covered vase.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

 The favor packages were embellished with black and white ribbon. The gift tags were created using graphics from the party printables that were printed on white card stock and glued to glitter paper circles. Black baker's twine was used to tie the gift tag to the bag.

Lorrie's tip: Our new econo flat bottom candy bags are a cost effective option for packaging favors. There are a number of size options so it's easy to find a size to suit your needs. If the bags are too long it is easy to cut the tops down to fit whatever you put inside.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

I'm sure that you had a guest book at your wedding ... so why not set up a guest book alternative at your anniversary party. To co-ordinate with the party theme I wanted guests to sign mini wood slices that I painted on one side with chalkboard paint

Guests can sign the blank wood pieces with a chalk marker and then place them inside a glass container. I lined the bottom of the glass container with moss and spray painted the lid with gold paint.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

You can find the tutorial for making paper bows from the party printables here.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

Chalkboards signs let guests know what to do ... a great idea if you are doing something a little different!!

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

Spray paint is an easy way to add colour to pretty much anything to match your party theme.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

Tissue paper tassel garlands are still one of my favourite party decor items. These ones were made from the same David Tutera tissue and mylar tassel kit that I used for the balloons by the drink station.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

One last detail - I like to keep a supply of take out boxes on hand for party leftovers. They are way less expensive than giving away your plastic food containers and guests can fill them up without feeling obligated to return the containers later.

I hope that I have inspired you to throw a party whether it is an anniversary party or just an excuse to get together with family and friends.

Here's my party mood board -
diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

I did not design invitations for this party so I quickly looked to see if Minted had any that I thought would co-ordinate with the look of my party theme and party printables. Above is what I came up with ... top left, bottom left, top right, bottom right.  I especially like the designs on the right with the gold foil details.

diy anniversary party part three | Creative Bag

Here's the downloads for the party printables again!

Special thanks again to Bake Sale for supplying all of the baked goods for the photo shoot!

Monday, 20 July 2015

you can do it yourself - throw an anniversary party (part 2 of 3)

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

This is part two of my diy anniversary party and today is all about the drink station.

I think that you should be able to enjoy your party so unless you plan hire someone to tend bar, a self serve drink station is my favourite way to go. 

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

I created this blackboard sign and hung it above the drink station so that everyone would know it was a self serve bar. I glued the same ribbon I used on the sweet table to the frame.

 The art to recreate the sign is included in the printables you can download for free in my last post. You may recognize this blackboard sign from another party set up.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

Signature drinks are a nice way to personalize your drink station. I created the signature drink signs on larger blackboard signs on sticks.

More gold spray painted mason jars spray were added to the set up to display paper straws and succulents. I used the birch paper straws to decorate the cake pops on the sweet table so it made sense to use them again at the drink station. Another decorative detail from the sweet table set up that I incorporated into the drink set up is the use of rustic wood slabs.

Lorrie's tip: Don't set up complicated signature drinks at a self serve bar. Make it something personal that is easy for guests to mix themselves.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

We have an assortment of mason jar mugs with a metallic finish daisy lid and plastic straw in select stores (until quantities last). I tied gift tags from my party printables to two of the metallic mugs to add to the signature drink theme.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

I filled one of our drink dispensers with lemonade and placed it on top of a stack of books that I covered with wrapping paper book jackets. I placed a bowl under the spout to prevent lemonade spills on the burlap table runner and furniture.

Lorrie's tip: The lemonade chalkboard sign was attached to the ribbon on the drink dispenser using magnets. I glued a magnet on the back of the chalkboard sign and used a second magnet behind the ribbon to keep the sign in place.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

Our mason jar mugs are perfect for parties and they make great favors. Guests take them home and you don't have dirty dishes to wash in the morning - bonus!

We will have marquee letter signs arriving soon. Marquee signs are a great way to light up a drink station at night.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

Here's a closer look at the mason jar mugs. I added blackboard sticker labels for the guys and added their names using a chalk marker. For the girls I added gold glitter letter stickers to co-ordinate with my black, white & gold colour theme.

The chalkboard sign lets guests know that they can keep the glasses and reminds them that they can serve themselves!

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

I also set up a small snack table beside the drink station with peanuts, pretzels and popcorn.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

Square glass containers were filled with snack foods. Ribbon decorated the glass containers and small chalkboard signs with clothespins helped identify food for people with allergies. Our new line of party food containers are the perfect size for guests to fill (and refill) with snacks.

Above are some more close ups of the gold spray painted mason jars. I added this gold sparkle cake topper to the succulent floral arrangement.

Lorrie's tip: If you have room to serve lemon and lime slices to your drink bar use additional   square glass containers to display them.

drink station at anniversary party by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag

I hung an ornate vintage inspired frame and filled it with black and white photos. After the party you can use the frame as it is or as a way to display whatever you want.

Lorrie's tip: Convert all of your photos to black and white to co-ordinate with the colour theme. I considered spray painting the frame gold as well to work with the party colour theme but ended up leaving it white to match my home decor for after the party. 

I added black and white balloons filled with helium to the drink station. The gold mylar tassel is from this tassel kit . If you want to add a long strand of tassels to the balloons you need to have lots of small balloons (way more than three) or one giant helium filled balloon to hold up the additional weight of the tassels. 

I tied the balloons to a mason jar to keep them from floating away and so I could position the balloons wherever I wanted.

Here's one last look at the drink station. If you missed my anniversary party sweet table post you can find it here. Check back later this week for the third and last post about this diy party.

BTW - you can grab the party printables here.