Monday
Aug292011

MAKE // DATE STAMP GIFT TAG

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Joke and I share a love of simple designs and natural materials. We created this Date Stamp Gift Tag for our second PACKAGING 101 workshop (we'll be sharing photographs from this class soon!). The box contained a bunch of different packaging goodies that we gave away to one of our lucky students.

S U P P L I E S

1. manila tag

2. cotton bakers twine

3. date stamp (available at your local office supply store)

4. stamp pad

I N S T R U C T I O N S

1. Select message and date on the stamp.

2. Press stamp on to stamp pad. (You can jazz it up by using a metallic stamp pad!)

3. Press stamp firmly on to manila tag. Let dry 5 minutes.

4. Cut a piece of bakers twine 8-10 inches longer than the total width of the box.

5. Thread tag through twine. Tie twine into a bow.

Friday
Aug262011

SHIMTOKK // LOGO

When Joke and I decided to start a collaborative blog we brainstormed ideas for a name. We thought merging our two business names (SHIM & SONS and TOKKETOK) would be a good idea. We were originally going to go with SHIMTOK but after Joke started designing our logo she thought SHIMTOKK (with the extra K) created a better balance. I couldn't agree more. I love our logo, clean and simple, just our style!

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Monday
Aug222011

PACKAGING 101 GOODY BOXES

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

One of our favorite preparations for PACKAGING 101 was assembling the goody boxes. We wanted to include some of our favorite packaging supplies. Each goody box held white and kraft sticker paper, glassine bags, Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics, manilla tags, printed cards, plain cards + envelopes, geometric stickers from Korea, little envelopes and twill tape. 

Monday
Aug152011

PACKAGING 101 @ SUMMER SCHOOL PORTLAND

Our first PACKAGING 101 workshop has come and gone and we're so happy to have beautiful photographs to remember the wonderful day. A big THANK YOU to our dear friend Bonnie Tsang for capturing the workshop. We also want to thank the amazing group of women who came together to be a part of SUMMER SCHOOL PORTLAND (Thank you Bri, Chelsea, Joy and Lisa).

We spent several hours before class unpacking supplies and materials in the back room of The Cleaners. Once the morning session was over we started setting up the room.

It was fun getting to know all the participants. People came from near and far for the workshop. We loved hearing about their different backgrounds and why they wanted to take the class.

We divided the class in to two groups and Joke and I each taught different techniques and projects to both groups.

This was a really wonderful group of women. Many are professional artists or designers while others were just looking for a creative outlet.

The participants were given a goody box filled with some of our favorite packaging supplies. We set up a little shoppe in the back with some more favorite goodies. And we had a giveaway for an Epic Combo Kit by our lovely sponsor Lifestyle Crafts.

And of course we made sure our participants were fueled with some goodies and sweet treats.

I think my favorite part of the day was seeing people working on their own projects. These women were a creative bunch! We loved how everyone had their own distinct style and twist to the projects. 

Crafting and chatting is a wonderful way to spend a day.

And sharing our favorite craft supplies and materials and giving out tips is also a lot of fun.

We used Joke's lovely patterned paper to make a geometric garland for the workshop. 

We love how the colors pop against the kraft paper covered tables.

It was fun seeing our students fill up their boxes with finished projects. Some people finished birthday cards that they were going to use later in the week.

Thank you to all the students who came to our first PACKAGING 101 class. We miss you all and hope you are out there creating pretty packages! Stay tuned for a post about our second PACKAGING 101 workshop.

{Photographs by Bonnie Tsang} 

Monday
Aug082011

MAKE // PAPER POPCORN HOLDERS

Another one of our lovely PACKAGING 101 sponsors is Lifestyle Crafts. They donated an Epic Combo Kit which is a personal die cut, embossing and letterpress machine. We thought it would be perfect for our PACKAGING 101 projects and we were right. It is amazing all the things you can do with this small machine and we love how compact it is so it doesn't take up a lot of space. We had fun playing around with all the different diecuts they sent along with the Epic Six and decided to use the fry box die to hold the popcorn we were serving at the workshop. These fry boxes are perfect for entertaining and easy to make.

S U P P L I E S

1. One sheet of mid-weight paper * (We used Lifestyle Crafts navy & grey striped paper from their Hello. Goodbye. paper collection.)

2. Fry box die

3. Epic Six

4. Glue stick or tape adhesive

5. Scissors

* Lifestyle Crafts has a great line of patterned paper sets. The paper is double-sided and is a great weight for die cut projects.

I N S T R U C T I O N S

1. Cut your paper to fit the size of the die cut. (We recommend cutting it about 1/2" longer on each side.)

2. Follow the instructions for the Epic Six and place the paper and diecut on top of the cutting platform. Feed it through the Epic Six.

3. Pop out the fry box die cut.

4. Fold the paper along the perforated edges. Match up side flaps and apply glue or adhesive on to one flap and secure in place. If using glue allow it to dry approximately 15 minutes.

5. Place food or items inside fry box.

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Monday
Aug012011

PACKAGING 101 PREP

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Once we came up with our final list of projects for PACKAGING 101 we made many samples to display at the workshop. Joke designed several different patterned papers that we used to make samples and to decorate our pencil cups.

Monday
Jul252011

BEHIND THE SCENES // SUMMER SCHOOL PORTLAND

{Photographs by Bonnie Tsang}

After months of preparation the day finally arrived for SUMMER SCHOOL PORTLAND and our first PACKAGING 101 workshop. Containers of supplies and materials were packed and ready to unload and set up after the morning session. White walls and wood floors made The Cleaners, The Ace Hotel's event space, the perfect backdrop for our first workshop.