Wednesday
Dec212011

MAKE // STITCHED GIFTS

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMI KOLBA

Today we have the last of the holiday stitched packaging inspiration. Thank you for all of those who voted for us over at The Crafts Dept. Gift Wrap challenge. The voting ends today so if you haven't had a chance we would love your vote! (You can vote here.) We'll be back next week with some more packaging goodness.

Wednesday
Dec212011

MAKE // NO PEEKING UNTIL DECEMBER 25 PACKAGES

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMI KOLBA

If you're still looking for ideas on how to package your holiday gifts we created some fun "NO PEEKING UNTIL DECEMBER 25" gift tags/labels. You can download the gift tags/labels here

N O  P E E K I N G  U N T I L  D E C E M B E R  2 5  G I F T  T A G S / L A B E L S

MATERIALS

1. NO PEEKING UNTIL DECEMBER 25 pdf file

2. White cardstock or white sticker paper

3. Scissors or paper cutter

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download NO PEEKING UNTIL DECEMBER 25 pdf file.

2. Print gift tags/labels on to white cardstock and/or white sticker paper.

3. Cut gift tags/labels.

4. Add gift tags/labels to packages. 

5. Optional: Add stitching on the wrapping paper before packaging the gift. 

P.S. The Crafts Dept. Gift Wrap challenge is coming to a close tomorrow. We would love to have your vote! (You can vote here.) 

Monday
Dec192011

MAKE // STITCHED GIFT TAGS

{Photographs by Kimi Kolba}

Continuing with our stitched holiday packaging fun we created a few stitched gift tags using white cardstock, printer and thread and needle. You can stitch the gift tags on to the lid of a kraft box or twill tape using embroidery floss, crochet thread or bakers twine.

The Crafts Dept. Gift Wrap challenge is coming to a close this Wednesday. We would love to have your vote! (You can vote here.) Stay tuned for more stitched packaging goodness this week!

Thursday
Dec152011

MAKE // STITCHED TWILL TAPE

{Photograph by Kimi Kolba}

Thank you for all the kind words and tweets about The Crafts Dept. Gift Wrap Challenge project we created. In keeping with our stitched package theme we wanted to show another way to incorporate stitching in to packaging. We love to stitch on to twill tape to add visual interest. You can make a pattern using a straight stitch or a zig zag stitch on the sewing machine. And if you don't have a sewing machine you can easily hand stitch a design or pattern on the twill tape as well.

Tuesday
Dec132011

THE CRAFTS DEPT. GIFT WRAP CHALLENGE 

{Photographs by Kimi Kolba}

Joke and I were honored to be invited by Martha Stewart's The Crafts Dept. to participate in their Gift Wrap Challenge. We had a fun time brainstorming and coming up with several different packaging ideas under the theme of stitched packages. Although people often think using a sewing machine or needle and thread is something only to be applied to fabric we wanted to show some fun and interesting ways to add details and texture to paper. Although we came up with a grouping of stitched packages our "PULL" tag stitched package is the one we highlighted for the Gift Wrap Challenge. You can download the "PULL" tag printable here.

Please pop over to The Crafts Dept. blog to see the step by step instructions and visual tutorial. We want to extend a big thanks to Kimi Kolba, our photographer, who was a delight to work with and stayed true to our vision for this photoshoot. 

And if you haven't started wrapping your holiday packages please feel free to download our "PULL" tags and incorporate them in to your packaging. If you like our Gift Wrap Challenge submission, we would love to have your vote! (Voting is on Friday only.) And if you would like to see how we created the other stitched packages come on back as we will be posting about the packages all week long.

Monday
Dec122011

MAKE // MERRIEST CHRISTMAS PATTERNED PAPER

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Although here at SHIMTOKK we generally only post once a week we will sharing ideas for holiday packaging every day this week. We hope for those who haven't started wrapping their gifts you will find some inspiration and ideas for your holiday packaging. Today we have a fun patterned paper printable for you. You can download the paper here. The patterned paper can be used for the holidays or for any occasion throughout the year. 

We printed the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS pattern on white copy paper on an oversize printer to create gift wrapping paper. (If you don't have an oversize printer you can bring the file to your local print shop.)

You can also print out the patterned paper and cut a strip to use as a band around a plain white box. You can add a sweet treat and tie it with twill tape.

Or print the patterned paper on to white cardstock and use a circle paper punch and needle & thread to create a little garland for your package.

If you shrink the size of the patterned paper (in your printer settings) and print it on to white cardstock you can cut it down to size and use it as a card.

Or print the pattern on to white sticker paper, use a circle paper punch and you have yourself some pretty little stickers.

And lastly print the pattern on to white cardstock, use paper punches and create your own gift tags. We braided some twine for a nice touch. We hope you are able to use this patterned paper to create your own pretty packages!

Monday
Dec052011

MAKE // MORE MEANT TO BE CALLIGRAPHY GOODIES

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Just a few more ways to use our Meant To Be Calligraphy for SHIMTOKK printables. Print the gift tags on to white sticker paper, cut them out and place them on to cardstock to create sweet holiday cards. You can embellish them with a nailpolish brad (see tutorial here) or punch a hole and add some bakers twine.

You can also add them to glassine bags and add your favorite holiday treats! Michele of Meant To Be Calligraphy just launched new custom holiday gift tag stamps which would be a perfect way to personalize your holiday packages.