Brown paper packages….

….tied up with strings…..  You know the rest….

Hi friends!  It’s that time of year again, when you’re busy making lists, checking them twice, and making and wrapping up little gifts for the wonderful people in your life.  Today I thought I’d show you a few ideas for simple, but special ways to package a gift.  What I like most about these ideas, is that they translate well to any gift giving occasion you might have any other day of the year.

I love paper bags.  So much, that I hoard them and think, I’ll wait to use them for a more special occasion.  In fact, I even keep the cute ones I get when I purchase something in some sweet little boutique store.  They always have the best bags!

One of the ideas I have for you today is using mid-sized bags for a card envelope and adhering a mini bag containing a gift card on the outside.

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I know you all like step-out photos that show the process of creating, from start to finish, so let me take you to the very beginning.  It usually all comes out of a big mess.

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It’s necessary for me to pull out a bunch of different products and materials, and move them around on my table just to see what I like together.

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I decided I liked the combination of the two gold patterns together.  An A2 sized card fits nicely in the larger bag and a gift card fits perfectly into the smaller bag.

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I punched two holes at the top of the folded down portion and strang…stringed…strung! some gold cord through them and tied it up all cute.  Then I layered some paper flowers by Prima with a gold brad, onto a leaf die cut from Kaisercraft (Oh So Lovely) and a the gold “celebrate” word from Crate Paper (the Oasis line) and that’s a pretty cute way to elevate a simple card and Starbucks gift card to a really memorable gift!

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Next, I pulled together these seemingly un-related components.  Unifying the group by color (kraft) and theme (season - a die-cut snowflake and white poinsettia from Prima) with a pop of red baker’s twine makes a delightful finished package, don’t you think?

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To layer each of the elements, I used good strong glue dots, but to close up the bags/packages, I used a temporary tape runner adhesive so that they can easily be opened up without tearing the bag all to pieces.

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For this last brown paper package I used a paper doily, a ruled lines paper bag (again, with a gift card tucked inside) and simply tacked on one of my handmade layered embellishments (available in the store), before tying up the whole package with some blue striped bakers twine.  I stamped a Best Wishes greeting on a basic outlined sticker (from an office supply store) (embellishments are everywhere!) and stuck it down over the string and gift card bag.

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I hope you find this topic of interest because I have more ideas than these to show you today.  Check back again next week for more brown paper packaging ideas!  Check the store for many of the supplies used here today.

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Fresh and Juicy….

So here we are, at the end of November;  Christmas carols are playing from every speaker you walk by, the trees and lights are going up all over the land, but there is no Christmas themed layout here for you today!  Instead, I thought I’d share a layout from last summer about the wonderful cherries I enjoyed!  Lol, seems logical, yes??

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You remember the cherries of summer, right?  Nowadays you can get watermelon and Cutie oranges all year ’round, and believe me, I remember that it wasn’t always that way! But you can only get cherries for a few short weeks in the middle of summer.  So when they’re in season, we indulge.  Why is this worth mentioning?  Well, because for me, scrapbooking is about documenting what I love as well as who I love.  And where I go, and with whom.  Y’know? So this layout today is about the cherries I loved last summer and the lovely wooden swing at the lake where I sat, with a book, ALL ALONE enjoying my cherries.  Maybe you had to be there, but it was a memory I love remembering.

I still try to take a photo everyday, a habit I started back in 2008.  Sometimes it’s of the things I’m doing that day, but quite often it will be a photo of something that I saw and just really loved and felt thankful about.  Taking a photo helps me both remember and feel grateful.  As a result, I have many, many photos of things to document, that aren’t about a trip, or an event, or people in my life, but are still significant to me.

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Some other things I’m thankful for is gold Heidi Swapp acetate words, and Kaisercraft ephemera die-cuts (I used a lot of those here!), and puffy stickers by Amy Tangerine, and subtle mixes of patterned papers, also by Kaisercraft.

About that mix of patterned papers.  You see them along the left hand side of the layout?  They are a mix of die cuts and papers from a couple of different Kaisercraft paper lines, as well as a scrap or two from my scrap drawer.  I love patterned paper and would use it all over my layouts if my creative brain would let me.  But it’s usually way too much.  I often find that it’s more effective to patch together, just a few small pieces of the papers that support my creative vision.  Piling them up upon themselves this way, and stitching them to the page gives a visual weight that balances the page and also suggests a playfulness that goes along with photos of bowls of cherries.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I’ve given you a fresh perspective of what’s photo worthy in this day of digital photography, and of what memory keeping can stretch to include.

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