Entries in pretty packages book (3)

Tuesday
Sep092014

PRETTY PACKAGES BOOK & PACKAGING KIT GIVEAWAY

I am happy to share that my book, Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects, is officially on sale on-line and in stores. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the book and for sharing in my excitement about Pretty Packages. The support I have received from family, friends, and blog readers has meant the world to me. I really wish I were in the States right now so I could see copies of Pretty Packages in stores in person, but for now I am still pinching myself that the book is out! 

As I mentioned before, Pretty Packages is a wonderful resource for people who appreciate good packaging as well as for those who would love to make their gifts more special. With 45 step-by-step gift-wrapping projects as well as basic how-to instructions on deciding how to wrap a gift and various ribbon tying techniques, Pretty Packages provides the reader with multiple ways to create a truly unique gift. And almost all of the techniques in the book can be easily translated in to packaging ideas for parties, weddings, and even business branding. 

To celebrate the release of Pretty Packages, I am giving away a signed copy of Pretty Packages and a special packaging kit to three lucky people. Below is a sneak peek of what will be included in the packaging kit, which I created with the packaging aficionado in mind. I want the recipients to be surprised, but there will be many packaging goodies that I picked up here in Korea and on my travels to Japan. 

 

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Friday
Aug292014

CHRONICLE BOOKS & SHOP BAN.DO PHOTO CONTEST

So excited to see my book, Pretty Packages, a part of the Chronicle Books and ban.do photo contest goody bag. You can win five books from Chronicle Books (including my book) and a bunch of cute ban.do goodies. The contest ends on Friday, August 29 at 5pm PST, so hurry up and enter! To enter, post a photo on Instagram showing what #hoorayhooraybooks means to you. Tag it with the hashtag #hoorayhooraybooks, @chroniclebooks, and @shopbando and you are entered. Five winners will be chosen.

Top right and bottom images from Chronicle Books. Top left image from Shop Bando Instagram.

Tuesday
May062014

MY BOOK! PRETTY PACKAGES: 45 CREATIVE GIFT-WRAPPING PROJECTS...COMING SEPTEMBER 2014!

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.