Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Celebrating Fall: Win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card

With a new stunning blog design and fall in full force we want to celebrate!
What better way to celebrate then by giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card. Free warm Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Yes please!

At Creative Bag, we are loving everything pumpkin. Here is a roundup of our Top 10 Favorite Pumpkin Recipes.

Pumpkin Cookies by The 36th Avenue

Crockpot Pumpkin Chai Tea by Barns and Noodles

Baked Pumpkin French Toast by Two Peas and their Pod

Starbucks Pumpkin Scone by Damn Delicious

Pumpkin Pancakes by Don't Disturb This Groove

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Get Creative with wrapping paper

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Wrapping paper is pretty awesome. It's pretty, it's artsy, and it's one way among others, to make the most impersonal offerings - gift cards and electronics to name a couple - seem meaningful.

When I am wrapping a large number of gifts, I usually end up with a pile of wrapping paper scraps. Instead of send those pretty pieces of paper to the recycle bin, I use them to create these little gift tube packages. They are super easy to make, so dust off your sewing machine and get ready to WOW everyone with this unique gift packaging idea.

Here's how I made them:tutorial for making unique gift packages using wrapping paper| Creative Bag {dot} com

1.Cut wrapping paper into a 7" x 6" panel. On the back of the paper (along one 6" edge), place a 5" piece of two-sided tape centred along the edge. Roll the panel into a tube shape and press the edges together. 
Note: To keep your sewing machine running smoothly, do not apply tape to areas that you plan to add stitching. 
2. Flatten one end of the tube and machine stitch about 1/4" along the edge. Optional: Trim the paper edge with decorative scissors. 
3. Fill the tube with candy, a small toy, gift card or whatever you want to wrap. Turn the tube 90 degrees and close the top edge so that you create a triangular shape. Sew the top edge and cut with decorative scissors. 
Go ahead and make these your own by adding finishing details with twine, ribbon, stickers, tags, paper bows and more.

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This package would make a sweet escort card/favor at a holiday dinner party.
Packaging details: Tiffany blue solid everyday wrapping paper, baker's twine, clothespin that I stamped a name onto, gift card.

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This package looks like something you would give as a secret Santa gift.
Packaging details: Red solid everyday wrapping paper, paper bow. You will be able to download the template for our holiday paper bows in the next Creative Living Magazine - due the end of this month.

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Be a teacher's pet with this gift packaging inspiration.

get creative with wrapping paper | Creative Bag {dot} com

I am going to make a bunch of these to use for a countdown to the holidays! Just add chalkboard stickers and number each package with a chalk marker

These wrapping paper tube packages would be ideal for more than just the Christmas holidays ... I'm thinking Halloween, New Year's Eve, Easter, weddings!

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Find more creative holiday packaging inspiration using wrapping paper on our online magazine. You'll find it here.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sweet table inspiration on YouTube from our friends at Petite and Sweet

diy sweet table on YouTube by Petite and Sweet | sponsored by Creative Bag

Elle Daftarian and her team at Petite and Sweet have posted another YouTube video! This time they have teamed up with Susy from Shop Wanderlust to create a pastel and geometric diy sweet table. Learn how to dip marshmallows, create a paper straw garland and unique takeaways.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

New holiday store hours for our store in Pickering

Creative Bag's Pickering store starts holiday hours in October

Starting October 19, 2014, Creative Bag in Pickering will be open on Sundays from 12 noon to 5pm. 

If you have not been to our new location in Pickering, we are located at 1050 Brock Road, just south of the 401.

Monica and her team of packaging experts are ready for the holidays and looking forward to helping you.

Please note:

Our Toronto and Mississauga stores are NOT open on Sundays.

Creative Bag stores and home office will be closed on Monday October 13th, 2014 so the staff can be with their families for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

sneak peek at what we are working on for the next issue of Creative Living magazine

I'm just putting the final touches on our next issue of Creative Living magazine and it should be available by the end of this week. The new issue is all about holiday food packaging. (Yum!)

Today I'm just going to give you a sneak peek of one of the pages in that I'm working on right now. As you can see, it's for a cookie swap party. If you have never been a guest at a cookie swap, I have a number of suggestions for hosting your own party. I designed a cookie swap party printable kit that you can download for free from the magazine. The fun graphics on the invitations, recipe cards and display signs were created to work with our Holly Jolly collection. I'll let you know when we go live with the next magazine so you can check it out!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Find our new online magazine on ISSUU and at creativelivingmagazine.ca

Creative Living Magazine holiday wrapping ideas | Creative Bag

I'm hoping that you have already found (and read) our new online magazine but if you haven't here's a sneak peak of some of the projects that you will see inside featuring some of our new Christmas products as well as products that we sell all year round with a holiday spin. 

Creative Living Magazine by Creative Bag - see it on ISSUU

I published the magazine on ISSUU. Never heard of ISSUU ... well, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and get ready to be inspired! There are so many online magazines to read for pretty much anything that interests you - fashion, home decor, weddings & parties, sports and more and they are FREE to read. Create an account and you can save publications into "stacks". Follow your favourite publications and easily save ideas to your Pinterest boards or social media accounts. 

Some of the online magazines (like ours) can be downloaded if you have an account so you can save it and you have the option to print it out .

If you already have an ISSUU account - you can find us by searching for "Creative Living".

Don't have an account on ISSUU, that's okay ... you can read our online magazine at www.creativelivingmagazine.ca

Creative Living Magazines by Creative Bag

If you follow our link to creativelivingmagazine.ca you will see that I am working on two more holiday online magazines. Click on the "Gift Wrapping" photo and it will take you right to that magazine. 

Creative Living Magazine by Creative Bag - see it on ISSUU

If you want to download the magazine or follow us on ISSUU you will have to click on the "issuu" link as indicated on the screen print above.

Creative Living Magazine by Creative Bag - see it on ISSUU

As you can see, once you are on ISSUU, you can easily follow, download and much more.

I love online magazines ... they are so interactive! Find links for products featured, downloads for free printables, tutorials and more all at the click of a button.