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Happy New Year! I hope you feel rested from the holidays and excited for 2014! This Christmas was one of the first years we haven't been moving in/out of the States or into/out of a new home or traveling, so it felt very nice to spend the holidays at home in Busan. In the midst of all the goal-setting that is going on all over the world, I have a confession to make, I have not sent out holiday cards in several years (gasp!). In 2011 I used our week-before-Christmas international move as my excuse and the year after, well, uh, I had no good excuse. If it were not for the ease of sending photographs via email and social media I am pretty sure most of our friends would not even know what the boys look like right now.

I'm not sure what the proper etiquette is regarding the timeline for sending out New Year cards, but I decided sending them out anytime in January is OK in my book. And just in case you also feel the same way and would like to send a special New Year greeting to a friend, I'm offering a free Happy 2014 New Year Cards Printable in three different designs. You can print them on white cardstock and mount them on a colored cardstock like I did or you can print them directly onto a colored cardstock, whatever you fancy!

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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! 



It is hard to believe 2014 is right around the corner! Ring in the new year with a fun & festive 2014 banner. I cut out the numbers and backed it with gold glitter paper, but you can use your favorite colors(s). You can read about how to make your own 2014 Garland right here.



I had so much fun creating packages for The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages (see all the packaging projects here). There are many packages that did not make the final featured twelve packages, but I'm looking forward to sharing them with you through my WRAP series. My design aesthetic is quite minimalistic in nature, so if you like a little more glitz and glam I think these packaging projects provide a nice base for more dressed up packages. I also wanted to feature projects that could be created not only for the holidays, but year-round. Take away the holiday gift tags, gift bands, and gift labels, and you can easily use any of these ideas for birthday gifts, party/wedding favors, or part of the branding for your business. 

Thank you to everyone who tweeted, pinned, and posted about The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages

Happy Packaging!



Package No.12 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of paper crafts. Paper globes are a fun paper craft that are typically used for decoration. I’ve been making paper globes for years, you can see some of the different ways I have used paper globes in the past (as Christmas decorations & even as a bowl, Halloween decorations & pumpkins, party decorations).

I love making handmade gift toppers that the gift recipient can keep as a little memento so I thought making mini paper globes to adorn packages would be fun. This holiday paper globe gift topper has a little “Tis The Season To Be Jolly” message, but you can personalize your paper globe with the recipient’s name or a special message. Try handwriting a message with pretty metallic pens or use a printer to print your message with your favorite colors.

Paper brads come in a variety of sizes so you can make the paper globe gift topper different sizes. They also come in different colors as well as silver, gold, and bronze finishes.

I like to use lightweight card stock, which gives the paper globe a nice sturdy framework, but is not too thick that it makes it difficult to work with. 


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Package No.11 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages was inspired by my love of stitching on paper. One of my favorite ways to achieve texture and simple details in my packaging is pairing thread and paper. Although I like the ease of using a sewing machine, you can also use a needle and thread. The patterns can be simple or ornate and you can use one color or multiple colors of thread.

Another way to add texture to your packaging is to create little pleats by creasing the paper in uniform (or non-uniform) folds. You can use tape adhesive to secure the pleats, but I love adding stitching to the pleats.

Although I love the simplicity of the stitching on kraft paper, I added a little felt gift tag to Package No.11. This was my first time printing on felt and I’m hooked! The best felt to use for this project is lightweight stiff acrylic felt, something with minimal texture so that it will feed through the printer with ease.


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