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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wrap it up!

Hey there, Imaginistas! It's Robyn here today with some ideas for using all those wonderful Imaginisce supplies in a new way.

I've always loved wrapping gifts. When I was a kid, I'd work tirelessly to make sure my corners were creased and my bows were just right, and that's really never changed.

But gift wrapping has changed a lot. There are a lot more options than there used to be, and you don't necessarily need a big, loopy bow to give your package a finished look. While you can always go out and buy a fancy gift bag or box, why not take a look in your scrappy stash for some unique wrapping ideas?

Here's a gift I wrapped with plain, kraft wrapping paper (you can buy it by the roll, or recycle a grocery bag):


I used some scraps from the Happy Camper collection and punched 1/2" circles, arranged them in the "swags" across the front of the package and adhered with glue dots. I finished it off with a die-cut and some letter stickers. Fun, easy and sure to stand out from the rest of the gifts at the party.

Next up, a girlier take on wrapping. This time I used a small cardboard box, and I created a "ribbon" out of paper strips from the Little Cutie collection to go around the outside. I only adhered the bottom of the strips together so the recipient can slide the ribbon right off without having to tear it apart. (Are you one of those people who never wants to tear the paper and carefully removes the tap at the seams? I admit it...I'm one of THOSE.)


I added die-cuts on each outer panel of the box. And in place of a bow, I used a Pop-Up Posie (again...glued only to the paper ribbon so it all comes off in one piece).


See the center of the posie? It's an i-Top brad with a monogram "A" -- since this gift will be for my daughter, Avery. I punched the letter from the Baby Doll paper and turned it into an i-Top brad to top the posie with a personalized touch.

Looking for a unique way to give a gift card? I like to stash them in a pillowbox. I cut this one using a die from Lifestyle Crafts, but you can find plenty of templates for them online (Google: "pillowbox template").


I used papers from the Berrylicious collection, along with a punched circle and a Lacy Circle from Spellbinders. I created a matching i-Top brad to hold the loop of elastic cord around the box. (Be sure to put the brad in place before you glue the sides of the pillowbox together. I learned that lesson the hard way.)

These are just a few ideas to get you started on your gift wrapping frenzy. And because it's always better to GIVE than to receive (well, almost always), I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY on my blog for you today. Leave a comment here at the Imaginisce blog, then hop over and leave a comment on my blog, and I'll choose a winner to receive an Imaginisce prize pack, including papers, embellishments and a package of Roly Rosies!

Be sure to leave a comment in both places (I'll be checking!) to be eligible.

Wrap on, my friends.


41 comments:

Auntie Em said...

Love your pretty gift wrapping ideas! The strawberry pillow box is so cute and isn't it nice gifts can be wrapped in brown paper bags and we aren't being cheap or considered poor. We are recycling and being smart! :D Love the pretty polka dots and embellies on it.
Thank you for sharing! :)

Mary Pat Siehl said...

i too love wrapping presents. i love the strawberry box. that is just too cute

Lucy said...

These are great wrapping ideas. Especially when I don't always have wrapping paper in the house! Thanks for sharing :)

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

I would love to win the flowers since a girl can't get enough of them.
Great ideas on wrapping packages.

{VICKI} said...

love how you jazzed up the paper and made pretty presents!

Jodi said...

What great ideas! Looove the pillow box!!

Laurel said...

Love these wrapping ideas!

uhooi said...

Uhooi,,
Wow,, It's a sweet, creative and beautiful,,

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jrugg said...

Super cute wrapping ideas-thanks for sharing!

Kelly Massman said...

I always love seeing your work!!! TFS! :-)

littlen said...

great gift wrapping ideas. tfs.

CheckerBeads said...

so cute! love the ideas.

Anne

mimisimon said...

Some great ideas - so cute.

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

Hey Robyn you did a great job!! All your projects are great!! Thanks for the chance to win
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Lesabe said...

YAY for the chance to win. I love all Robyn's ideas. thanks for sharing =)

huiying said...

hey, these are really cute. love the pop-up posie and the brad!

McVic said...

great projects! TFS! they are really cute!
kacee
mcvicwif@Yahoo.com

mommyof5kidz said...

Those projects are all so super cute!!!!

Kelly Sas said...

I never liked wrapping gifts until I became a papercrafter. I LOVE, love your idea to put cards in a pillow box! Off to your blog I go....

Annette said...

I love wrapping gifts...it makes them so much more fun...thanks for sharing your ideas..

alwayscharlie said...

That pillow box is such a cute idea! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Darla said...

Thanks for the wrapping ideas, I love the pillow box!

Brett said...

Very cool ideas! Thanks!

Patchi said...

Wonderful ideas! I love the paper bag recycling one!

ShoppingTamii said...

I am going to remember these tips, they are great!

Carol said...

Fabulous job! TFS

Michelle McClure said...

Thanks for the tips on gift wrapping. Love the boxes and the ideas!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! Super fun projects/wrapping!!! LOVE that flower:) Thanks for sharing and the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

Jodi Releford said...

Great ideas Robyn! Love that pillow box.

Queen Mary said...

Love your strawberry pillow box!

silvia said...

Great gift wrap ideas!! LOVE the pillowbox!!

Kim said...

I love these wrapping ideas! So cute and creative! I am going to leave a comment on your blog now....

Chelle said...

What great ideas for wrapping gifts..thank you.

Sue D said...

Very cute ideas for wrapping gifts!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Cherie said...

I love all these wrapping ideas!! Such a great way to send a gift!

cherie.goyer at gmail.com

st_mccall said...

I love to give handmade from the heart gifts! Thanks for the ideas on making them even more special with handmade wrappings! And thanks for the chance to win. What a happy birthday to me that would be.

Scrapper69 said...

I simply LOVE the wrapping ideas... they are all so cute and yet so different with everything you basically have in your craft room.... Which makes it a nice savings as well..... Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway! :O)
Theresa
www.miislucky.blogspot.com

Kimberli said...

I love the strawberry pillow box, what a great idea to dress up a gift card instead of just a boring envelope! Thanks for all the tips!

Btrflywmn said...

Love these projects, thanks for sharing.

lhudson008 said...

Innovative Ideas. I will use these tips for my kids projects. Thanks.

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Ladybug68 said...

I love the idea of wrapping things up all pretty with scrapbook supplies!!

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