Sunday, December 27, 2009

when gift-wrapping FINALLY becomes an olympic event...

...i'm fairly confident of scoring at least a bronze medal. maybe even silver, if they have a special category for giftbags. i made a lot of giftbags this year. (note to the retailers of the world: why does nothing come IN A BOX anymore?? eh???!? boxes are reassuring. and easy to wrap. we customers LIKE boxes, ok?!? thank you.) i chose to further specialize in the verrrrrrry-VERY-last-minute, mass-produced but personalized, digi-hybrid bag. want to see some? (please note, the continuation of today's blog post depends on your saying, "YES" at this juncture.) (no pressure.)

i made kid ones:

(digistuffs: jolly little friends stickers no 1: mindy terasawa, designer digitals; kraft diecut paper pack (re-colored): jessie edwards, designer digitals; font: cafe rojo; software: broderbund printshop; scrappistuffs: brads: making memories; cardstock: staples; plain bags, adhesive felt snowflakes, jingle bells, ribbon & maribou trim: michaels; adhesves: 3m foam tape, hot glue)

i made lady ones:

(digistuffs: free fancy gift tags set: rhonna farrer, 2peas; swirly frame brushes; scrap-n-fonts; software: broderbund printshop; scrappistuffs: fancy velvet brads: marah johnson, creative imaginations; gems: mambi; spray ink: smoosh; glitter & silver ink pens: sakura; glossy photo paper: kodak; plain bags, tissue, lace, deconstructed poinsettia & holly garlands: michaels; adhesve: tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape)

i made gentleman ones:

(digistuffs: see-through snowflake elements: rhonna farrer, 2peas; distressed edge tool kit: rhonna farrer, house of 3; powder paper pack: gretchen thomas, designer digitals; fonts: bleeding cowboys, freeze, porcelain & metallic avocado; software: broderbund printshop; scrappistuffs: acryllic snowflakes (made into dangles with jumprings & fishing wire): mambi; snowflake stickers: ek success; snowflake punch: papersource; brads: making memories; cardstock: staples; plain bags, tissue, ribbon & trim: michaels; adhesves: 3m foam tape, hot glue)

there were a few more, but they were basically variations on the same themes. i'm proud to say that the bags were a big hit, as were the presents within, which consisted mostly of giftcards and savings bonds, with a variety of small presents: xmas ornaments, candy, lipgloss, reindeer slipper socks (a HUGE hit with the nieces) and so forth.

before i go, here is lauren's "blindingly obvious--in retrospect" tip of the day: if you're the only crafty member of a group participating in a "secret santa" type gift exchange, making personalized & embellished giftbags WILL NOT help preserve your anonymity. not even a little bit. :)


  1. LOL...loved your tip of the day..we had a "secret santa" exchange at work and I had my boy write the name on the tag and I didn't doll anything up...pained me I tell you...pained me...

    LOVE your giftie bags...forget about what was inside of those pieces of work..the bag itself it is a giftie!

  2. These are gorgeous Miss Lauren...they daf get `Gold`....I love them all..
    Hope you all had a fab time:)x

  3. Those bags frigin rock girl! And I would think anyone would know if they got a bad like that, it was the crafty person!!! LOL Excellent though! I would want it anyway!

  4. Hmmm ... I wonder if there is a Nobel prize for papercraft? I think you deserve it for that top tip alone! Do you happen to know the address in Stockholm?

  5. Incredible bags. But they would give you away. Big time.

  6. ooh those bags turned out so cute!! I'm going to have to work on doing something similar this year for birthday gifts. I doubt I'll manage it at Christmas time. lol. I love the kids ones the most. SO cute. But I can see how that would not make you anonymous.

  7. These are so fab! I especially like the kid and gentleman bags. Thanks for the secret Santa tip...LOL!


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