sweet packaging

A Sweet Gold and Pink Package Tutorial

I'm sending out something special and before I explain exactly what it is and what's inside... I wanted to teach you how I made the packaging. First can I say -- did you know there was lace packaging tape?!  Talk about impulsive buy.  When I came across this tape from designer Karl Zahn, I did not hesitate to purchase.  So here's what ya need...

Gold ribbon: IKEA
Kraft box: re-used (but can be found at Michael's or other craft stores)
Rose: came from ribbon at local boutique
Lace tape: Karl Zahn online store
Craft glue (I used Scotch Quick-dry adhesive)

I would recommend that you lay the strands across your box before you start gluing to make sure you have enough (or decide on your pattern).  But who are we kidding?  I definitely didn't do that.  Like I've said before, I'm not a ruler kind of girl (though I married a man who is! ;)

And look at how simple strands of gold ribbon transformed this kraft box!

Then if you're really feeling like making this baby special, add some pattern to the sides with tape!  Just search Etsy for "decorative tape" OR take a look at the mind-blowing options at TapeSwell online store.


Now you have yourself a pretty little package ;)

Personally, I wouldn't judge you if you stuffed it with cookies and gifted it to yourself.  Or skip the packaging altogether and have an intimate moment with the cookie monster.  It's all good ;) Just have yourself a sweet Valentine's day!

p.s. Jose asked me out on our first date exactly 5 years ago today.  I brought him a little box stuffed with Valentines Family Guy pencils (yes, they make those) and candy.  What can I say... I know how to sweep them off their feet ;)

How to: Create a Sweet, Sweet Package

This is what you'll need...

Wrap your prints/note/gift with tissue paper and place inside of your kraft box. Doesn't tissue paper = fancy? Or do you have bad childhood memories where tissue paper = "Aw MAN, not clothes AGAIN!?!"

I remember those too.

Be still my heart..

My friends may recognize this stamp from my own wedding invitations. No shame in my game ;)

Then you wrap it up in whatever ribbon, twin, lace, etc. you'd like and add an embellishment!

Sometimes simplicity works best.

Recognize it from here? -- you'll find more details on my supplies in that post :)

Under my blog banner where I have my "About Me" and "Portfolio" tabs, I just recently added "For Photographers." So now all of my posts dealing with branding, packaging, marketing, and everything photography (business-wise) are under one tab!

What can I say. I like sharing. Unfortunately it didn't work out for me in 3rd grade. Nope. I tried sharing an answer with the girl sitting beside me who was clearly stuck on "7 x 3" and I whispered "21" to her. She immediately stuck her hand up in the air and loudly announced that Alejandra was cheating, giving her the answer. I. still. remember. That and the mole by her lip as she told on me. Hmph. Twenty-one. Raise your hand now Elizabeth! Enjoy the answers my friends. Not that I always have them :)