Friday, November 9, 2012

Paper, Packages and Bows

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks Papertrey Ink Design Team Tip!
Today, I have something special to feature that's perfect for the holiday season.  A fun way to package festive treats or Christmas gifts... A die cut handled bag topper, perfect to place atop a glassine bag, coffee bag or kraft paper lunch sack.
Here's a little trio I've put together for you...
Toppers die cut from some Studio Calico Wonderland pattern paper using the Front & Center #2 Die. 
ETA:  Finally able to update this post with a video tutorial.  Yay!  Which has now taken the place of the last minute photo tutorial I originally posted.  When compiling ideas and projects for this blog post my original intention was to show you how-to in person (or as close to "in person" as I could get)... via video.   So here it is...
I tell ya... I'm glad I did it this way.   Just a note:  Keep in mind that the double sided adhesive idea (where I folded the corners to make them easier to remove after placing the handles) works equily well when using Scor-Tape
Here are a few close up shots...
What fun paper this is! I've paired it with the smallest flower in the Year of Flowers: Poinsettia stamp set and a sentiment from the Snowflake Flurries stamp set.  The 1/4" holes fit the pure poppy satin ribbon perfectly.
The second package features a die cut snowflake and a Think Big Favorites #21 sentiment.  This time around I punched two 1/8" holes and threaded twine through twice before tying into a bow.
Last package was actually constructed using a white lunch sack as the base, something I've had in my stash for quite some time.  Embellished the sack with a fun tag using a tree from the Winterberry stamp set and a few embellishments from the Studio Calico Wonderland collection.

Interested in more packaging idea?  I've found a ton of inspiration via Pinterest and I've rounded them up, for you and I to refer to, here.

So go ahead! Give your gifts and packages a little extra special touch this year, no matter what the occasion. And have fun!

Thanks for stopping by.


Handled Bag Topper Trio


  1. Your projects turned out great - fun ideas!!

  2. Thank you for the inspiration. Your picture tutorial is great.

  3. these are such fun little packaging ideas! i just got a bunch of sc wonderland products a couple weeks ago in the mail but have yet to craft with them...they are just so pretty :)

  4. What a pretty way to "dress up" gift bags! Love it!

  5. Great inspiration, Maile! Thanks, too, for the Pinterest board full of ideas.

  6. Wow, who'd have thought??? Why, Maile, of course :D Gorgeous idea, putting it on "to try" list - THANK YOU :)

  7. LOVE these, Maile! I wish I had that die! :)

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  9. Those are cute bags. What is that paper with the grid pattern that you work on?

  10. Great assortment of gift bags! Nicely deocrated. TF the video. It was well done w/terrific instructions. :)

  11. Great video! I was so surprised that this is your first video and it's amazing!