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Happy New Year + Happy Packaging

Hi blog friends! Happy New Year! Can you believe it's 2012 already? I had to write 1/1 yesterday and it felt so weird. But I am so excited for the new year and am happy to get back into the swing of things today with a blog post. I was oh, so neglectful in December (embarrassing) but we'll forget about that and move forward with a plethora of posts in January. Today I'm going to share with you some of my Christmas packaging and later in the week we'll be recapping my Twelve by 2012 goals (I did ok but definitely didn't accomplish all twelve). I want to set up a new mini goals list and share it with you here (you keep me motivated) so I'll be announcing that soon.

But first I have some sad news. My faithful and reliable old friend, my Nikon d40x camera, is currently experiencing some technical difficulties. I was taking some shots with it a few days ago and suddenly an error message popped up on the screen and the shutter will no longer fire. The message reads: 'Error. Press shutter release button again.' Based on some research I did, I don't think the camera is totally dead or anything but I'll need to send it into Nikon for fixing and have to pay some fee which I won't be happy about. Poor  camera! It is five years old and has taken a ton of pictures but still, I'm frustrated that I will be digital camera-less for awhile. I rely on it so much, especially with the blog. But I'll find a way to share pictures here...that's why Steve Jobs invented the iPhone I guess. Has anyone else experienced this problem with their Nikon cameras?

And now for the pretty packaging part of the post. This year wrapping mostly consisted of white paper and washi tape. Simple components yes, but I came up with a handful of different configurations to make each package feel unique and fun.

I think my favorite was this one to my brother. David has gotten into photography this year so I gave him a few different photo/camera goodies. I incorporated this old photograph into his packaging, using my label maker to write out our names. A pop of color with some washi and some bakers twine and this easy package was completed in no time.

The present on the left was for my Mom. I cut wahi tape into triangles and made garlands on her package. This is so easy to do but it has major wow factor. It would be perfect for birthday wrapping. The present on the right was for my brother. I bought the cute glasses tag at Renegade this year. It was designed by Invita Paper Studio. Find the tags here. I actually saw Adriana (the talented designer behind Invita) at two local shows and was so happy to chat with a local creative. She is super sweet and her designs are just so colorful and fun. I definitely recommend checking out her shop. 

This simple criss-cross washi was for my stepdad. 

I dug out these cute bike stamps and made a fun little package for my brother (side note: I can't believe I bought these stamps a year ago!). I'm digging the collage effect with the washi. I'll need to try that more often. 

And finally, another one for my Mom. I had to wrap it in kraft paper because of the size. I love that the design on the washi is actually illustrated buttons and then I added a few actual vintage buttons to keep up the theme. And a skeleton key with some lace is always the perfect feminine touch. 

How did your wrapping go this year? In the past I have saved wrapping until the end and then I just stick everything into bags, very uncreatively. So I was proud to actually wrap everything up this time around. And I even did it a few days ahead so the presents got to enjoy some time under the tree just looking pretty before getting ripped into. Christmas success!

Again, happy 2012 dear readers! I am so looking forward to this next year together. Cheers to pretty pictures, fun blog posts, and lovely inspiration and projects to come. 


Lovely Package Workshop Pictures

A few weeks ago I shared that Danni from Oh, Hello Friend was organizing a Lovely Package Workshop and that I was asked to be involved. I could not have been more excited to get crafty with our little group and get some ideas for my own holiday wrapping (which has yet to commence...remember, I have no presents yet). The workshop took place over Thanksgiving weekend and it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon, surrounded by friends and packaging. What more could a girl want! I have a handful of pictures to share today so I'll let the eye candy speak for itself. In a separate post I will share my own DIY that I demonstrated at the class which involves wrapping with a mason jar. Thank you to everyone who came out, I loved meeting you all. I felt so welcome. And most importantly thank you Danni for thinking of me and asking me to participate.

Our class would not have been nearly as successful if it weren't for the beautiful venue that hosted us. Beth, the lovely owner of Salvage Life, opened up her little shop/office space for us and how fun it was to see her collection of vintage curiosities. It is such an inspiring space. Beth is one lucky lady!

Danni filled these vintage muffin tins with all the craft ephemera that each guest would need. The guests were smart and brought their own presents so not only were they learning new packaging techniques but also getting some of their holiday wrapping out of the way. I gave each guest a little glassine bag filled with goodies like colored twine, fabric ribbon, and wooden tags. The mason jar on the top right is my DIY but I'll share more pictures of that in another post.

That would be glitter wrapping paper on the left...how fabulous! I believe Danni got it at Michaels. I think I must make a stop at Michaels now.

I love all of the layering in this present, such a great combination of fun elements. The paper is actually vintage wallpaper. Since it is thicker than normal paper, it is a little difficult to wrap with but such a beautiful effect it has. Search Etsy for all kinds of vintage patterns and add a new twist to your holiday packaging this year.

Here is Danni and Elizabeth working on the best way to wrap. Collectively everyone shared their secrets. I know I learned a few tips. Elizabeth claimed she got fired from a job where she had to wrap presents but we all doubted her because she was pretty pro at it.

The lovely Tristan from Besotted Brand demonstrated this bow DIY which was super easy to create but still perfect looking. That glitter ribbon is kind of the ultimate, don't you think? Tristan's shop is packaging heaven. I wouldn't mind having one of everything under my Christmas tree this year. Did you hear that Santa?

So that was our Lovely Package Workshop! I hope we'll have more in the future because packaging is fun no matter what time of year. Thanks again to Danni, Tristan, and Beth for all their hard work and for having me.

Happy Wednesday friends! 


My Christmas Wrapping

Are all of you experiencing the extreme-laziness-limbo-between-Christmas-and-New-Year's syndrome?  Is it just me?  I have yet to get myself back on a normal schedule.  I have been sleeping in, relaxing, reading, wearing my pajamas for half the day, and watching movies (I think I watched four today: Death at a Funeral, Julie & Julia, About a Boy, and Be Kind Rewind).  A small part of me feels guilty for all the idleness but an even bigger part says that it is totally natural to act this way before starting the new year.  And I'm so excited for the new year too, hopefully filled with lots of awesome projects, collaborations, and fun new undertakings for me!  But before I jump into all that, I am basking in my moment of nothingness.  How about you guys?

Today I want to share a few snapshots of my Christmas wrapping.  Our Christmas was very low-key and we didn't have thousands of presents (more my style actually - I'm fortunate enough to be given so much throughout the year), which was a good thing because I put off all of my wrapping until the day of.  I was really busy with work up until Saturday so wrapping was squeezed in at the last minute.  I worked for a couple of hours, decorated my plain kraft paper with a few fun details, and then called it a day.  Everything was simple but personalized and because I could do it quickly, it allowed me to spend more quality time with my family on Christmas.  

Kraft paper, bakers twine, washi tape, velvet ribbon, paper doilies, and manila tags...these are my go-to items!

Considering it was a last minute job, I was pretty happy with the results.  Hopefully next year I will have a little more time to devote to wrapping.  I rarely run ahead of schedule at Christmastime though.

What are your favorite items to use for Christmas wrapping?  And is anyone else as bad as me, wrapping their presents on Christmas Day?  Come on, 'fess up!


A Holiday E-zine Contribution

Yesterday, along with my project that appeared over on Emmaline Bride, another one of my DIYs made its debut!  Not too long ago, Aleah and Nick Valley of Valley and Co asked if I would like to contribute a project for their first holiday e-zine they were putting together.  I had previously created this s'mores DIY for them and was so excited and honored to get to work with them again.  They are such a great duo and I really enjoy their tweets, blog posts, knowledge of the industry, and just overall kindness and support! (thanks guys!) I had to work quickly so I decided to create some cute, one-of-a-kind wrapping details that would inspire people to wrap beautiful presents this year.  

I must be completely honest with you...I am not known for being a great wrapper.  Don't be fooled by this DIY or my general knowledge of crafty things.  I kind of suck at it.  Usually I wait until the last minute (on buying the gifts and on wrapping) and then just throw everything into bags to eliminate stress.  So in all actuality, this DIY was not only intended as inspiration for Valley and Co readers but also for myself.  This year I want to wrap some bomb presents and this project has gotten me pretty pumped.  I have all the materials (bakers twine, kraft paper, velvet ribbon, washi tape, pretty paper, etc) so I have no excuse.  If nothing else I should hold myself accountable for blogging purposes.  Will I hold up this end of the bargain?  If you see blog pictures of my presents, then you'll know I made an effort...if you don't see blog pictures then...well...you get the idea (shame).  

So without further ado, here is a sneak peek picture of my Valley and Co-style holiday wrapping:

And to see the entire project with all the pictures and how-tos, take a look at the ezine here.  My work begins on page 30 but peruse the entire thing for decor inspiration, beautiful photos, gift guides for everyone in the family (including dogs), and helpful tips!  Enjoy!