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Package No.3 from The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages is inspired by my love of beautiful ribbon. My favorite ribbon is from Studio Carta, an amazing design studio run by Angela Liguori. If you love ribbon and packaging goods you you need to check out their online shop

Angela sent me some of her products and I immediately fell in love with Studio Carta's Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon. It has a beautiful texture and comes in a wide array of colors. I chose to use the Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon in Iron for this project, which is the perfect charcoal grey. 

Although any packaging with a simple ribbon tied around it is perfect in my book, for this project I wanted to personalize the ribbon with a message using a rolling alphabet stamp and a pigment ink pad. This method of stamping ribbon would also be ideal for personalizing party or wedding favors.


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On to Package No.2 of The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages! Two of my favorite things in the world are food and packaging. So it is probably no surprise that one of my favorite things to do is peruse the aisles of our local restaurant supply store for packaging inspiration. You can find so many things useful for wrapping gifts like food containers, waxed paper, and random food packaging products. I discovered the eco clamshell food containers years ago (and even used to sell them in my online shop) and love to use them to package sweet treats as well as regular gifts. They have a nice texture and are available in white or natural colors as well as a variety of sizes and shapes. If you don't have a restaurant supply store nearby also check out baking supply stores or online (here or here).

This is a simple packaging product that has an organic and minimal aesthetic with the textured food container, kraft gift tag, natural twine, and clear embossed label. I already mentioned my love of Dymo label makers and this is a perfect example of how you can use it to create beautiful packages.


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I love office supplies and I really miss perusing the aisles of our local office supply stores back in the States. So many of my essential craft supplies are actually office supplies, like my beloved Dymo label makers. Did you know Dymo introduced their personal and office label makers back in 1958? In the 1990s the company invented electronic label makers and the rest is history.

I had a electronic label maker for years and used it religiously to label all sorts of things in my studio. But before our move to Korea almost two years ago I make a drastic purge of my studio and our home. I realized I hadn't used the electronic label maker in years and decided to give it to my friend who is a teacher. But I did pack our two trusty Dymo label makers since the boys and I love to use them. Once we moved to Korea I added a third Dymo label maker to our collection (the font is slightly different, which of course was my justification for the purchase).

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I had so much fun designing packaging ideas for The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages. I hope you find some inspiration and incorporate some of the ideas in to your own holiday packaging. Package No.1 was inspired by a walk I took with my boys. We found a sidewalk sprinkled with gold gingko leaves and my boys wanted to collect leaves and dry and press them at home. After several days underneath some of my heaviest books we had beautiful flat gingko leaves in the perfect shade of yellow. For this packaging project you can incorporate any type of leaf, just take a walk around the block and see what you find!


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I adore packaging gifts and since it is officially the month of gift-giving I thought I would share some gift wrapping ideas and projects. The Twelve Days of Holiday Packages will provide you with inspiration to create your own handmade packages. I will also be sharing some of my favorite sources for packaging supplies. Stay tuned for the first packaging project tomorrow. In the meantime see more of my packaging projects here.




Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about family and food, some of my favorite things in life. And although we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in Busan, where it is a regular day for most of the country, it still feels like a special day. I love that Thanksgiving is about gratitude and reflecting on the many things we are thankful for in our lives.

As we raise our boys Appah and I want them to have hearts of gratitude. Three years ago we made a "Thanksgiving tree" and even though I no longer have the tree, I still have the "leaves". It is fun to look back on the things they were grateful for when they were 5 and 7 years old. 

This year I thought it would be nice to jot down things we are thankful for so I designed some mini cards which you can slip inside a mini envelope and give it to a family member or friend. You can also clip them together or place them in an album to remember the things you were grateful for in 2013.

Most of all I think jotting down what we are thankful for is a wonderful exercise in experiencing gratitude. I hope you and your loved ones have a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving (and may it also involve lots of turkey and pie)!


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