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Monday
Jan092012

Lovely Package Gift Exchange

Happy Monday all! To start the week off right I have some more lovely packaging to share. At the end of last year I participated in Danni of Oh, Hello Friend's Lovely Package Gift Exchange. The gift exchange is such a fun idea (maybe I'll start a Crafted one this year...hmm, what do you think?) because it can connect creative bloggers from around the country. It helps introduce you to new friends and new blogs and it just helps foster this community of like-minded individuals. Now who doesn't want to be a part of a community like that? You don't need to be close in proximity to feel connected to people (thank you internet) and that's exactly why I wanted to participate myself. 

I was paired with the lovely France of Banana Fish Studio (check out her blog and say hi) and I was so happy to get to know her and send her pretty presents. She also spoiled me and sent a gift box full of treasures that I opened like a giddy school girl on Christmas Day. Thank you France so much for your thoughtful gifts. Before I sent off my presents I snapped some pictures (literally the last pictures before my camera went kaput) since the whole point of this gift exchange was to highlight the packaging. Here is what I wrapped up special for the exchange:

In emails France mentioned that she liked crochet. Now I can't actually crochet myself (hopefully I'll learn soon) but I found this beautiful vintage one in a local antique store. It was too pretty not to highlight.

When I utilize my striped bags from Whisker Graphics there isn't too much more I have to do. The bags are so cute on their own that all I need to add is some twine and a tag. Super simple packaging done right!

Fun details - stamps, gold paper clips, washi tape, glassine bags...

I found these vintage tart tins while antique shopping and filled one up with small goodies and sealed it with a clear plastic bag and some bakers twine. The tart tins would be perfect for holding small desk accessories, like paper clips or push pins. Hopefully France can repurpose it into something unique.

I found a mini mustard stapler while antiquing (on the right). Even the staples were mini. I thought it was so perfect, especially for a vintage paper lover like France. I hope she liked it.

Vintage postcard love.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these pretty packages today. I really enjoyed wrapping them up and sending them off to a new blog friend. Have a great week everyone! I have all kinds of great stuff to post in the next few days so check back in. 

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Reader Comments (7)

Yes! I would love to do a craft exchange! Have the fun of getting a swap is seeing how the other person packaged it. Your designs are lovely :)

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjeny

what a LOVELY package! Esp. adore the vintage tart tins! They'd look fabulous in a grouping on a kitchen wall. Have a great day! xo

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinda (burlap+blue)

Oh Lauren! That is just gorgeous. We recently had a similar thing over in Australia called a Secret Santa exchange organised by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I was paired with a gorgeous blogger whose passions are so identical to mine, it was quite uncanny! Then I received a gorgeous gift from my SS. So, yes, please consider a Crafted version. J x

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

It sounds like a gift exchange is a good idea! I'll need to organize one this year. Maybe a Christmas in July exchange :)

January 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

I am constantly inspired by your package prettiness, and I'd totally jump at the opportunity of a package exchange! :)
-Love and sparkles

these are beautiful Lauren!! speaking from personal experience, I know that getting a package from you is the highlight of a day! :)

And I think you should do an exchange...I'd sign up in a heartbeat.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererinkathleen

Ya, Erin & Rachel are on board too. I'm getting excited now. All the more reason to do a gift exchange here. :)

January 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

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