Happy Friday, crafty friends! And happy friday the 13th, at that! No bad luck to be had around here, however. It’s time for our monthly Paper Adventures Team blog hop, and that’s allll good stuff 🙂
This month our chosen theme is gift wrapping/packaging. I was so excited when I saw this theme because gift wrapping is my jam. It’s a bit of a family thing, actually. For as long as I can remember my mum has always wrapped gifts so beautifully and thoughtfully, and I’ve always tried to do the same. Yes, I am one of those people who has a wrapping “theme” every Christmas, and all my presents are wrapped in the same paper. I am very proud of how my present pile looks under my tree and I’m afraid that if anyone gives us presents early to go under the tree they do get hidden up the back so that they don’t ruin my display. Love the presents, just don’t love them messing with my beautiful pile, ok?? (This is totally reasonable behaviour).
It was in fact wrapping that caused me to become a Stampin’ Up! demo. I wanted that year to make my own wrapping paper, so was convinced by Kelly to join up so I could buy the supplies as a Demo. My starter kit had the stamp sets and inks to make what I had in mind, and I absolutely loved how it turned out. It is one of my favourite wrapping themes ever, and something that I really want to do again one year.
It’s not just Christmas gifts but all through the year that I love to put extra love and care into the wrapping of presents. I am quite proud that it has become something I am known for, that is often admired and appreciated. And of course I especially love my large Stampin’ Up! collection to be able to personalise and customise wrapping and cards to match a party theme, the gift, or a particular interest of the recipient. Yay for handmade, always!
So for my post today I’m going to do something a little different and share with you all some of my tips for wrapping presents. Hopefully it can make you think about expanding your crafty tendencies into this realm as well, if you don’t already do so.
The first, and most important tip, is about the actual wrapping. The same way you appreciate good cardstock and paper, use good wrapping paper. Something heavier that will fold crisply and not tear or wrinkle (kraft wraps are great for this, or better quality rolls or sheets. The really inexpensive stuff tends to be very thin and just not fun to wrap with). Take your time to measure and cut carefully, fold the sides in tightly and try to keep the sides as even as possible. I like to fold all my edges in on themselves so it has a nicer finish and I love using double sided tape to stick the edges down invisibly rather than sticky tape.
I looooove stacks of gifts. Do I buy lots of books for gifts because they wrap prettily? You bet I do (also, books are awesome). I also love anything in boxes and will hoard different sized boxes throughout the year to use for wrapping. It always looks nice to have two or three things in a nice stack.
TIE ‘EM UP
Ribbons are your friend. Ribbons are the thing that really make a gift look WOW. Use lots of them. Use different ones. Keep the tails of bows long and those bows big. I’ll often use a whole roll of ribbon on one gift and then a few extra pieces for contrast.
My favourite embellishment is to make a matching gift tag. Tags can be as elaborate as a mini card – but they don’t have to be complicated. My go-to for tags is some coloured cardstock or DSP in a tag shape, a stitched circle, then ta letter or number die cut in something shiny or sparkly. I also love to include fun little items on top of presents, like pencils or keyrings or little figurines. This can be such a fun little detail to finish the whole creation off.
For this stack I used the Whale of A Time suite to create my top box and tag. I stamped a 10″ x 10″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with the whale stamp from Whale Done in Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, and Seaside Spray. Score each side at 2″. The base is a 12″ x 12″ piece of Seaside Spray cardstock, scored at 3″ on each side. A hand stamped box is such a nice addition to a pretty pile of gifts.
I appreciate you sticking with me through this rather long post 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the rest of my immensely talented teamies have made for this theme, so hop on over with me to see what Kelly has for us.
Thanks for stopping by,