Wishing you the very best this holiday season

Thursday, 24 December 2015

We would like to extend our personal thanks to our family, our friends and most importantly our customers. From all of us at Creative Bag, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and much success and happiness in the New Year.

Bartender in a bottle gift ideas featured in Food & Drink

Friday, 18 December 2015

We are exactly one week away from Christmas day and everyone I talk to seems to be in the final stages of getting ready to entertain family and friends for the holidays. Today I thought that I'd share with you some of the amazing ideas for holiday entertaining by the oh so talented gift stylist Corinna vanGerwen in the lastest issue of Food & Drink magazine.

bartender in a bottle ideas by Corinna vanGerwen featured in Food & Drink magazine

The LCBO's Food & Drink magazines always fly off the shelves quickly and it's not always easy to get a copy. You can always read it online here!

bartender in a bottle ideas by Corinna vanGerwen featured in Food & Drink magazinein 

We adored all of the diy ideas featured in the Bartender in a Bottle editorial feature. 

The packing details on these pre-made drinks (above) are fabulous and simple. Corinna recommended using candy canes or paper straws to recreate this project yourself.

bartender in a bottle ideas by Corinna vanGerwen featured in Food & Drink magazine

Still looking for a homemade hostess gift idea? Not really a baker? Then you have to check out this homemade mulled wine idea ...

bartender in a bottle ideas by Corinna vanGerwen featured in Food & Drink magazine

and these homemade cocktail gifts. You can find all of the recipes and packaging tips and tricks online.

bartender in a bottle ideas by Corinna vanGerwen featured in Food & Drink magazine

We also loved these mixed juices packaged in mason jars. Use them for a takeaway gift or to use at the party. Add a gift bow or pom-pom to the mason jar to make them look a little more festive!

create your own "bartender in a bottle" gifts using products from Creative Bag

Here's a few of our products to help you recreate these great bartender in a bottle ideas.

custom packaging inspiration from our customers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

custom boxes | Creative Bag

Beautiful packaging always gets our office staff a little excited. And that is exactly happened when we started passing around these custom boxes for ICLS

Of course, I had to add satin ribbon and a little holiday pick to dress up one of the boxes for holiday gift giving! 

custom boxes | Creative Bag

The box is from our exclusive Urban Market collection and the logo was hot stamped in silver foil. If you were thinking about having custom boxes made for your business or special event contact our Custom Services to find out more.


Our friends at Petite and Sweet have published another online magazine. "She Entertains by Elle Daftarian" has a number of holiday entertaining and gift giving ideas in this winter edition. My diy project for adding gold foil dots to our canvas and linen bags is featured in the online magazine. 

diy gold foil gift bags | Creative Bag

You'll find the complete tutorial for decorating the bags here. 

diy gold foil gift bags | Creative Bag

our store holiday hours

Monday, 14 December 2015

Our store staff are looking forward to spending some time off with their families during the holiday season. These are our holiday store hours for the end of December.

Join us for a Special MAKEFUL Workshop at BRIKA Yorkdale!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

I'd like to personally invite you to attend a special Makeful Workshop at BRIKA Yorkdale on Wednesday December 16th from 6 to 8pm. This can be such a busy time of year so treat yourself to a couple of stress-free hours crafting with me. 

I'm going to show you how to use chalk markers so you can personalize a gift box and we'll create a festive tissue paper tassel garland. 

Space is limited and you must RSVP by December 14th to blueantevents@blueantmedia.ca

In lieu of a workshop fee everyone is requested to bring a non-perishable food item or small donation for the local foodbank. 

The BRIKA pop up shop in Yorkdale Mall is located just across from Second Cup. I hope to see you there on Wednesday!

lots of holiday gift wrapping inspiration on new stands now

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

We always look forward to seeing our products in Canadian magazines. It's always inspiring to see how our people have used our products. And since this is "wrapping season" you may have seen us in a few of our favourite magazines.

We were inspired by these gift wrapping ideas in Chatelaine. You can do so much with neutral wrapping paper (kraft, black and gold) and some basic supplies like ribbons & twine, gift tags, decorative tape, stamps and some decorative accessories. If you like this colour palette you will want to check out our Leaves and Letters collection.

You can check out Samantha Pynn using many of our products on Cityline explaining how to keep holiday wrapping ...

Canadian House & Home featured a number of very creative diy wreath ideas ... of course, we thought this concept with small gift boxes wrapped up with ribbon was stunning. 

Jessica Waks assisted her friend Ellie Metrick to create a crafty cocktail party for the last night of Hanukkah in Style at Home. We loved the luxe glamour gift wrapping on page 68. 

We were so impressed with the Style at Home article featuring Michael Buble's home decorated in black and white for the holidays. Our gift wrapping papers and ribbons look beautiful. If you like our striped black and white wrapping paper you will also want to check out our Urban Market collection

This last photo of Michael Buble is from Canadian Living's magazine. As you can see, Michael is "fighting" over one of the gifts that was wrapped in our black and white striped paper.

Happy Wrapping Season!