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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Lucky us….

Hiyeee!! 7 days, no see!! Lol. I missed you! Did you miss me? Never mind, don’t answer that.

So today, I have a layout to share with you. Do you know, I was checking this last night, and I realized that the ONLY layouts I’ve made in the last year have been the ones I’ve made for a blog post here. That makes me so sad. I still have millions of photos and double that of paper and embellishments. It’s just TIME I don’t have. And I love stamping and card making so much it tends to gobble up any creative time I do have.

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Anyway. A layout. I printed a bunch of b&w photos for our family reunion this summer and this one just kept floating to the top of the pile after I cleaned up. It’s my mom and her sister taken back in the 50’s. Aren’t they so cute??

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Lori knows that I’m not a real “theme paper” girl. I just don’t like to be dictated to like that. I much prefer really generic, indistinct patterns for background paper, but this Fabulous line by Authentique was impossible to deny. Those cat’s eye glasses! The 50’s motifs! And there’s one GORgeous piece of paper in the pack with roses and leaves that I’m hoarding for just a little while longer.

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Also, check out that watercolor painted rose! I made that!! I recently attended my second Pinner’s Conference - two days of all kinds of classes for things you might pin on Pinterest.  Making perfect pie crust.  Painting a wooden barn quilt.  Learning to braid hair.  Calligraphy lettering.  And so on.  One of the classes I attended was painted watercolor roses and this one came from my practice sheet!

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I haven’t attempted them again….I’m pretty sure that was the best water color painting day I’ll ever have in my life!

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The vellum leaves are from Prima, the enamel hearts are Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd, the pink gingham heart and “classy” stickers are from the same Fabulous paper pack as the patterned papers I’ve used here, and the puffy floral stickers are from Pink Paislee (Oh My Heart) and Pebbles.  The two green card stock leaves are ones I cut out with the Silhouette.  And the black foam title words are Thickers by Amy Tangerine.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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