First off, as promised here (above) is the photo of my December box. Inside I just leave Christmas-y things that I’d gathered for projects and feel will be needed again soon. If it gets too full, I’ll just put some things away. I just find this is incredibly helpful when I’ve decided “quick! Wrap this with something clever!” or am otherwise in need of some holiday craft supplies for journaling, scrapbooking, or other holiday projects.
Here’s a “for example” – I had some extra die cut poinsettias in the box, the brad and paper ribbon you see above too. So when I went to gift wrap, these things were just there waiting to be used up!
Fun fact: Every year I buy a 1lb box of See’s chocolates as an extra gift. Because honestly they’re amazing and I’d give them to just about anyone… but every year some random person (a teacher, a friend who showed up unexpectedly with gifts in hand, etc) ends up being a person I need a last minute gift for and guess what? I can smile, walk over to the tree, and pick up my carefully wrapped box of chocolates for them without anyone being the wiser. Only once in the last decade has it happened that I didn’t need the box, and oh DARN, we had to eat them ourselves.
Oh wait, but I just told you all my trick! Well, if you come over to my house and get see’s – don’t think I forgot you! I actually gift chocolates to quite a few people. Anyhow, as I purchased my customary extra 1lb of chocolate, I decided to go ahead and get it dressed up in one of my favorite fashions – doiles + die cuts.
If you have an electronic die cutting machine you could just cut various sizes of a similar shape (flowers/foliage is great, circles work too) – or you could do this with layered punched shapes or perhaps various layered items in general. The point is – I just painted a bit on my paper, stuck a brad through it all, and used nice strong tape to adhere the ribbon around the box as well as the flower down to the center.
The doilies I used are just from the cake section of the craft store and are the kind I keep around for all kinds of random uses. Any would do – and if you just make the basic formula of doily (or doilies, if you want them layered) + ribbon around middle + “thing” front and center you can make any number of fabulously decorated packages in all shapes and sizes! It’s a simple idea and yet one that gives such wow factor I can’t help but use it again and again.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project – I’d love to hear and see what you’re up to this holiday season.
Speaking of the holiday season – don’t forget my friends at Simon Says Stamp are sponsoring Camp Scrap: Holiday Edition and have a special discount code to share! Simon Says Stamp is offering 10% off your entire purchase. Use code CSCRAP2 when you check out. Please note that the code is case sensitive and it will expire at 11:59 PM on 12/11/12 eastern standard time.
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