Friday, 30 September 2016

wrapping paper is not just for wrapping gifts!

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Wrapping paper is not just for wrapping gifts. And here's 10 DIY project ideas to inspire you.

I created these projects with holiday entertaining and decorating in mind but you can use the same projects with whatever wrapping papers you want for a wedding reception, party or holiday entertaining. 

I used three co-ordinating wrapping papers that are currently in stores and online. One wrapping paper is solid gold, one has a simple gold and white confetti dot graphic and the third one has a fun hand lettering print in gold and white

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

1. Use wrapping paper as a matte for photos. Simple frames work best so your wrapping paper and photo take centre stage.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Tip: If you are using a wrapping paper with a print, your photo should have a white border.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

2. I framed this beautiful gold wrapping paper and used a white marker to add a message to the outside of the glass.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Tip: Use a solid paper so your hand lettering stands out. You can trace an image onto the glass if you don't have great handwriting. Use a water based marker that can be removed from the glass.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

3. Here's one more framed wrapping paper idea. This time I framed the wrapping paper and glued a mini clothespin to the glass to hold a photo.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

I love this concept of adding the clothespin to the glass to hold a photo. It makes changing photos easy and quick. Think of it. You could change the photos that you display every day during the holidays. You could even use this as a holiday countdown and feature cards with numbers.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

4. Got lots of books? Use wrapping paper as book jackets.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

You can use the books as decorative elements in your decor. You can also use them in food displays to elevate serving dishes. 

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

5. You can also use bands of left over wrapping paper on boxes. Decorated boxes can be used in displays and like books, in food presentations to elevate cake stands and serving dishes.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

6. Wrapping paper bands can also be added to mason jars. I spray painted my mason jars and added satin ribbon to finish.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Jars can be used in so many ways. As a vase for flowers, as a base for signs on a sweet table and as a container for utensils to just name a few.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

7. You can create your own cake liners by laminating wrapping paper. I showed you how to do this here. 

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

8. Flameless candles will match your decor when you add a band of wrapping paper and finish with a simple ribbon.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Tip: Flameless candles work best for this project. There will be a fire issue with real candles.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

9. Wrapping paper and tissue paper were used to turn ordinary chocolate bars into pretty favours. I wrapped the chocolate bars in gold tissue paper first and added a band of wrapping paper to finish. Stack these up on a sweet table. Add a ribbon and maybe a name tag to use as escort cards at table settings.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

10. Make your own favour packaging like these using wrapping paper. I've shown you how to make the paper tube favours before and I'm going to show you how to make the small flat bag now ... 

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

Supplies: download template filewrapping paper, scissors, two-sided tape, pencil, ruler, bone folder.

1. Print and cut out the flat bag template. 
2. Use a pencil to trace out the template and mark the areas that need to be folded.
Note: If your wrapping paper has a pattern like my example, make sure that it will be right side up when you trace the template.


10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

3. Score the fold lines on the wrapping paper bag as indicated on the template. 
4. Cut the wrapping paper bag and fold. 
5. Add two-sided tape to the bag in the two areas as indicated on the template.

10 wrapping paper projects that don't involve gift wrapping | Creative Bag

6. Peel and stick the two-sided tape on the back side as shown above.
7. Peel and stick the two-side tape on the bottom flap of the bag as shown above.
8. Here's the fun part - you can make these simple bags your own by using decorative scissors to cut the top. I used a hole punch to create two holes so I could add ribbon or twine to close.



We'd love to see if you make any of these wrapping paper ideas. You can share your finished projects with us on Instagram using @creativebagco and #creativebaginspire









Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Hand Lettering on our chalkboards. Do It Yourself or hire an hand lettering artist!




Earlier this year, I organized a boho inspired styled wedding shoot with a number of local wedding vendors that were taking part in ReBash 2016


Today I am excited to tell you that this beautifully hand lettered chalkboard by Doris Wai has been featured here along with my DIY hand lettering on chalkboards tutorial.   


In my DIY tutorial, I created a free download to recreate the hand lettering on this ornate chalkboard ... 


... and a free download to recreate the hand lettering on these smaller chalkboard signs.

Our chalkboard markers and chalkboard signs can be used for more than just weddings - they are perfect for parties, home decor and retail displays.

By the way, if you are looking to hire a hand lettering artist, we highly recommend Doris Wai.


 We think Doris is pretty talented. So talented, that we hired Doris to design this beautiful white and gold holiday print. It's available now as wrapping paper and tissue paper!






Friday, 23 September 2016

Read it now! Our new online magazine - Creative Packaging Inspiration for Creative Entrepreneurs.




Saturday September 24, 2016 is the Etsy Made in Canada Event. There will be pop up markets all over Canada on Saturday filled with local Etsy shop owners. I will be at the MaRS building in Toronto with the Etsy Made in Canada Toronto team. It will be a great day to check out local handmade goods and the creative entrepreneurs who made them. 

I have a workshop at 3:30 with the 25 people who were able to sign up in advance for tickets to the free event.


We have many creative customers that will taking part in the Etsy Made in Canada Event all over Canada. At Creative Bag, we know that good packaging can help to sell products. So I teamed up with four local Etsy shop owners to create an online magazine filled with packaging inspiration for creative entrepreneurs. It's live now and I hope that you will check it out.


Thanks to Doris, Alicia, Robin and Karen for working with me on this project.








Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Creative Savings September 12 to 18, 2016

Creative Savings deal - ribbons and favour boxes

This week's Creative's Savings deals are on our in stock single faced satin ribbons and all colours, shapes and sizes of our Scotton favour boxes. These products are up to 65% off. If you are planning a wedding or special event - these are great items to stock up on.

Creative Savings deal - ribbons and favour boxes



Thursday, 8 September 2016

holiday wrapping and tissue papers have arrived

holiday gift wrapping supplies | Creative Bag

The kids are back to school, fall is quickly approaching and our new holiday products are arriving almost daily. Our holiday wrapping papers and tissue papers have arrived and our staff are busy filling the shelves.

Check out our 2016 exclusive holiday collections - Cameron, Cottage Life and Love Letters.  Many of the  products in these three collections were designed so they could be used all year round. So don't wait until the holidays to check them out.