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Hi Friends! I’ve been keeping a BIG secret from you and today is the day I finally get to reveal the big secret! I am feeling nervous, anxious, and excited right now and it feels quite surreal that I am able to share this big news with you! I wrote a BOOK! It is titled Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects and is being published by Chronicle Books, one of my favorite publishers. Below is the cover of Pretty Packages, which showcases some of the 45 packaging projects that you’ll find inside the book. 

Pretty Packages contains 45 step-by-step gift-wrapping and packaging projects perfect for beginner and advanced crafters. The book walks you through how to turn a simple package into a creative and personalized gift that the recipient will be excited to receive. The projects in the book will not only inspire you to create pretty packages for gift giving, but will also give you ideas about packaging party and wedding favors as well as branding for your business.

Pretty Packages is divided into three sections: 1) Wrapping Paper, 2) Gift Boxes, Bags, & Toppers and 3) Gift Tags & Ribbon. The book also covers essential materials and tools needed to create your own pretty packages as well as various gift-wrapping and ribbon tying techniques. Each project includes two “bright ideas”-- variations to further customize your package.

In my experience teaching Packaging 101 workshops in Portland with my dear friend and fellow designer Joke Vande Gaer and creativity workshops here in Busan, I know there are many people out there who want to be creative but don’t think they have the “know how” or skills to do so. I truly believe everyone is creative and that you just need to tap into and cultivate your creativity. And I think packaging projects are a great way to jumpstart your creativity. I really wanted to create a book that was accessible for all types of crafters, from the beginner to the advanced, and I think I have achieved that with Pretty Packages.

This book has been a labor of love and I’m excited to be able to share more details about the book and the book writing process in future blog posts. Over the next several months I will share how I came to write a book, what it was like writing a book in Busan while my publisher is in San Francisco, and other fun behind-the-scenes stories. 

The book will officially be released in September, but you can pre-order now at:

+ Amazon

+ Powells

+ Barnes & Noble

+ Books-A-Million

I feel fortunate some of my favorite design, craft, and lifestyle bloggers like Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, Jordan Stanley of Oh Happy Day, and Erin Loechner of Clementine Daily have written kind words about Pretty Packages. I think Pretty Packages will be a wonderful book to add to your own personal library and it would also make a fantastic gift for a friend (and will arrive plenty of time before the holiday gift wrapping season).

I'm looking forward to sharing more about Pretty Packages in the weeks and months to come!

Photography by Madelene Farin and book jacket design by Hillary Caudle.



It is birthday season at Casa Shim and we also have quite a few friends who share April birthdays. Here is a simple birthday package for a sweet little three-year old. Kraft paper always creates the perfect base for a package. Add a simple and colorful Happy Birthday label along with three stripes of washi tape and you are good to go!



I love printing on vellum so I designed a Vellum Thank You Bag Printable for Oh Happy Day. You can make these thank you bags and hand them out to your party guests or you can surprise a friend or loved one with a special thank you treat.

If you don't have a sewing machine you can always seal the ends with adhesive or washi tape.

You can download the Vellum Thank You Printable here.



There are certain holidays that we are used to celebrating back in the States that just don't feel the same here in Korea. Holidays are definitely less commercial in Korea, which I can apppreciate. But it is also nice to have a touch of "home" during the holidays. So when Appah was in the States a few months ago I asked him to pick up some Easter candy that I could give to the boys for Easter. Well, he sure he did bring me some candy, bags and bags of it. I thought I would share the candy with some of our American friends who might also be missing a taste of home. Using the Happy Easter Gift Band printable, I put together a simple and cute Easter Candy Jar. After the recipient eats the sweet treats they can remove the Happy Easter Gift Band and reuse the jar.


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Easter is right around the corner and if you are looking to put together some last minute Easter treats for friends and loved ones I have a Happy Easter Printables Trio for you! Inspired by last year's Happy Easter bunny card printable, I designed a new Happy Easter bunny card, gift tag/label and gift band. All you need is some white cardstock, printer paper or sticker paper and a few simple tools and you are good to go!

The Happy Easter gift band can be printed on to white sticker paper and used to seal up glassine bags of sweet treats. If you don't have sticker paper handy then you can print onto white copy paper and use a glue stick to adhere the band to the bag.

The Happy Easter gift card/gift labels can be printed onto white cardstock or white sticker paper and used to top off boxes or bags.

If you are having an Easter celebration you can also cut the Happy Easter gift labels and stick them onto white paper cups (and even make a Paper Cup Easter Basket).

And if you just want to jot down a simple Easter greeting you can print out the Happy Easter bunny card printable onto white cardstock.

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I love miniature versions of everything so I created a small version of a traditional Easter basket using a pretty patterned paper cup and a few simple supplies. You can fill the Paper Cup Easter Basket with sweet treats or fun little Easter themed trinkets. 

Swap out the HAPPY EASTER message handle with a personalized message or name and these paper cup baskets can be used as a party favor.

You can read about how to make a Paper Cup Easter Basket right here

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