Every part of the gifting process is pure joy. From shopping around and finding the perfect thoughtful gift, to wonderful wrapping- we love it all! Packaging is one of the best parts of gifting because it’s an opportunity to add a touch of personalization. Why not use an Expressionery stamp to dress up a basic box gift? Hand stamping gift wrap takes little time and looks fabulous.
Easy Hand Stamped Gift Wrap
For this project we were excited to partner with our friend & designer Laura Kelly and home goods retailer World Market for supplies.
1. Find The Perfect Gift
Whether you’ve had family move, celebrated a friends wedding or want to give a gift ‘just because’, a self-inking stamp makes a wonderful present. For this project the adorable Puppy Custom Stamp designed by Laura Kelly was used to wrap a gift for a dog-loving friend.
2. Gather Wrapping Materials
Now that you’ve got the ultimate personalized present, it’s time to wrap it up in the packaging it so deserves. Kraft paper absorbs ink well and works great as gift wrap. Find some at your local craft supplier or World Market. Finish the gift wrap with some matching kraft paper tags and twine, also available at World Market.
3. Time To Wrap!
Expressionery stamps come neatly packaged in muslin bags filled with crinkle paper, making them easy to gift as-is. But,to take it one step further for that halfway-handmade look you’ll want to add a personal touch the packaging.
First, cut the kraft wrapping paper to the appropriate size to cover your gift. Then, the fun begins! Take out the Laura Kelly Gift Box Stamp and personalize the wrapping paper by stamping it in neat squares until the entire sheet of kraft paper is covered.
Wait for the ink to dry and you’re all set to wrap!
Finally, finish the gift packaging by wrapping pieces of twin around the package and tying it in a bow. Then add a bit of washi tape to the kraft paper tags and then stamped it with the custom stamp
Voila! A thoughtful custom gift in perfectly personalized packaging.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can enter in the #ExpressioneryWraps contest for your chance to win a $250 Visa Gift Card AND a $100 World Market Gift Card (that’s a $400 value to use on crafty goodies!)
Make sure to check out all the other awesome gift wrapping ideas from other fantastic bloggers below!
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Although Teacher Appreciation Week technically happens just once a year, really we should be thanking our teachers throughout the whole year for their kindness and support. As a busy mom, helping out kids with school assignments can be boring, until it’s time to do something fun and crafty- like a DIY gift. It’s a great way to show your child’s teacher how much they mean to your family and an excuse to craft! Even though it may be easier to pick up a gift card or two, going the extra mile to personalize a teacher gift can mean the world to them.
Our friend Laura Kelly from Laura Kelly Designs has partnered with a handful of crafty bloggers to share plenty of ideas to help you show teachers some love. The next time your teachers does something special to help your child, remember to say thanks. Take a look at some of our Teacher themed stationery and stamps for some inspiration and from 4/25- 5/25 you can use code TEACHERAPP for 30% off any Expressionery teacher gift.
From quick easy printables for the mom-on-the-go, to handprinted wooden signs for crafty moms, there is something for everyone in this collection of teacher appreciation gift ideas.
Mark your calendar for the official teacher appreciation week (it happens each May) but, remember to show your gratitude dying school breaks, vacations and the open or close of a school year too. As a parent you know what it’s like to never really be “off duty” and a little gift of thanks can go a long way for a teacher any time of year.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
She’s expecting a gift
But a love note will do
Finding the perfect gift for your Valentine can be tricky. Flowers are beautiful, but their splendor wilts. Chocolates taste amazing, but their enjoyment melts. Jewelry is impressive, but doesn’t embrace your budget. What easy, affordable gift can you give on Valentine’s Day that leaves a lasting impression?
Sharing your love with written words is a meaningful gift that any Valentine will adore. Whether you write poetic love letters or simple, honest words, communicating your feelings of love and admiration for your Valentine is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Grab a notecard and let the words flow. Having trouble putting your emotions into words? Try song lyrics (Frank Sinatra), a romantic quote from a movie or play (Romeo and Juliet), or look to the poetic experts for inspiration (Keats). Communicate your love in this timeless way and it’s sure to make your special someone swoon.
What’s your favorite gift to give or receive on Valentine’s Day?
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