Thursday, 18 September 2014

You are invited to preview the first edition of "Creative Living" - our new online magazine!


We are so excited about the launch of "Creative Living" our new online magazine. Creative Living is going to inspire you to package, celebrate and create with our products. This is our first edition and it's all about holiday gift wrapping. Get ready for lots of inspiration, free downloads and simple tutorials.

You can read Creative Living online but we've also set it up so you can download it {for free} if you want to save or print it out. I hope that you will take the time to make yourself a nice cup of tea, sit in a comfy chair and enjoy the magazine. We made it just for you!





P.S. If you have any comments about Creative Living magazine, please leave me a comment below. I am working on more holiday themed editions that will be published over the next couple of months and any feedback that you may have would be helpful.




Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our new store in Pickering has a new look ... and we have lots of new products arriving every week!

hello and welcome to Creative Bag Pickering | creativebag.com


Our new Pickering is open and our staff is ready to say "hello" and help you with all of your packaging needs! 




hello and welcome to Creative Bag Pickering | creativebag.com

In case you haven't heard, we moved our Pickering store this summer from Salk Road to 1050 Brock Road. Our newest store has a new look as well! 

We have been working on a brand new and improved website that we will be launching this fall. We refreshed our Creative Bag and Creative Bag Wedding logos for the website and you can see them here. 

This week, we added the final touches to the Pickering store front by adding large window graphics. If you have been following us on the blog, you may already recognize some of the photos featured in the windows.

hello and welcome to Creative Bag Pickering | creativebag.com


If you have stopped by our Pickering, Toronto or Mississauga stores lately you will see that we have been making lots of changes inside as well. Our staff have been busy little elves moving merchandise and shelving around to make space for all of our holiday products! 

New products continue to arrive daily into our warehouse and here's a few shots of some of the holiday groupings ...

Nordic Knit holiday collection | creativebag.com

the Nordic Knit collection ...

Rose Snowflake Reindeer collection | creativebag.com

the Rose Snowflake Reindeer collection ...

Chalkboard Wishes collection | creativebag.com

the Chalkboard Wishes collection ...

Holly Jolly Collection | creativebag.com

and the Holly Jolly Collection. Don't you just love those red and white boxes with the ribbon ties? They are one of my holiday favourites!



Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Don't get your tinsel in a tangle ... holiday products have arrived!


holiday packaging from Creative Bag | creativebag.com

Holiday 2014 products have arrived in stores! Don't get your tinsel in a tangle ... start planing and shopping for all of your holiday packaging supplies now. 

We designed exclusive three holiday collections this year and they are just starting to fill our shelves now. I still can't decide which one I like the best because they are all so different.

holly jolly holiday collection from Creative Bag | creativebag.com


The Holly Jolly Collection has a modern retro vibe. Bold graphic designs and playful fonts in red, white and a pop of tiffany blue will appeal to young and old alike. Here's to a cheery and jolly holiday!

Into the Woods holiday collection from Creative Bag | creativebag.com

Our Into the Woods Collection has a handmade whimsical vibe. Just like a car ride through the woods and over the river to Grandma's house, you will find lots of friendly woodland critters, wood grain patterns on kraft and if you close your eyes for a minute, I bet you will be able to smell the holiday cookies baking in Grandma's kitchen. 

glam & glitz holiday collection from Creative Bag | creativebag.com

The Glitz & Glam Collection has an art deco sophisticated edge. Here we combined shine, sparkle and geometric patterns in shades of gold, black and white. This elegant collection will take you from the holidays to New Year's Eve in style. Here's a little insider information on this collection ... I spent a lot of time watching the Great Gatsby movie (over and over) when we were working on this grouping. 

So what do you think? Let me know which collection is your favourite!

We have lots of other holiday packaging and decor items arriving almost daily right now so keep checking in to see what is new.

pre-order promotion: holiday wrapping paper online promotion - limited time offer | creativebag.com

Oh and I almost forgot ... we've running an online promotion on our exclusive holiday wrapping papers for a limited time. Check it out here. But remember, this is for a limited time only so you'll have to order them right away to take advantage of this special deal.




Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Creative Bag in the Media - as seen in the LCBO's summer Food & Drink magazine

Creative Bag in the media | see our products Food & Drink magazine


The kids are back to school this week and it's time to start thinking about fall and winter entertaining .... but before we go there, I wanted to share some of the amazing summer entertaining ideas that were featured in the LCBO's summer Food and Drink magazine. 
We were given credit as the source for some of the products shown but I wanted to point out a few more items that were featured that are available in our stores and/or online. 

Creative Bag in the media | see our products Food & Drink magazine

I adored this backyard movie article and as the weather turns cooler you can still plan an movie night outdoors with blankets and outdoor space warmers .... or move it inside!

Here's our product links for the products featured:

Creative Bag in the media | see our products Food & Drink magazine



Creative Bag in the media | see our products Food & Drink magazine


Creative Bag in the media | see our products Food & Drink magazine

They always have the most amazing recipes in the Food & Drink magazine. I love how they show you amazing food and beverages ideas for seasonal entertaining. The photography is so beautiful and it makes you want to find an excuse to plan a get together with family and friends.

You can see our mason jarsdaisy lids and paper straws beside the sloppy joes!

Creative Bag in the media | see our products Food & Drink magazine

The is a fabulous "food origins" article about potato chips (and an easy homemade chips recipe!!) that I enjoyed. Check out our paper notions bag with the blue dot pattern filled with "ketchup chips" ... what a great idea for serving homemade chips for a party or movie night!

So I heard that the new Fall Food & Drink magazine is coming out in a couple of days. I can't wait to see all of the cooler weather entertaining ideas. Good bye summer!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pinspiration - bakery packaging

bakery packaging inspiration | creativebag.com

Pinterest is a great resource for finding unique and beautiful bakery packaging inspiration. We sell so many different bakery packaging supplies and I love to see how these simple containers can be re-invented with custom details like printing, stickers and labels. 

If you sell baked goods, your packaging not only adds to your branding message but is also a great marketing tool. Don't you just love the message inside the cookie bakery box above? "Oh, nooo .... COOKIES ALL GONE?" and then the message continues directing you to the bakery's website to order more. Genius!

Do you need custom bakery packaging for your business? We can help you! Find out more about our custom packaging services here.

bakery packaging inspiration | creativebag.com

Even if you don't have a bake shop, there are lots of reasons you may want to purchase bakery boxes from us. We sell smaller quantities for small businesses, home bakers and party favors. You can easily personalize our boxes yourself using baker's twine, custom labels & tags, washi tape, custom ribbon and more! 

bakery packaging inspiration | creativebag.com

Here's a quick look at some of our bakery containers. Visit us online to see more or come by one of our three retail locations and get inspired.

 bakery packaging inspiration | creativebag.com

Follow us on Pinterest for more packaging inspiration!

Sources for Pinterest photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.



Friday, 15 August 2014

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream (containers)!


Whether you are looking to package cold or hot food items, our new ice cream containers are just what you have been looking for. 



They are so easy to personalize using custom labels, washi tape and baker's twine. I designed a couple of printables that can be downloaded for free and used on these containers. They would be perfect for a confetti themed party or wedding. 


As you can see above, I used the containers for ice cream. Print the labels onto white cardstock and add them to the lids to let guests know what kind of ice cream is inside. Use these labels if you have guests with food allergies - I promise they will love you for remembering them. If you set up an ice cream dessert table be sure to include small jars with assorted toppings that can be added to the ice cream. You can add a chalkboard sticker to the jars so everyone knows what's inside. 


You can use these containers for more than just ice cream. I poured hot chocolate pudding (yum) into these containers and chilled them overnight before serving. These printable labels allow you to add a person's name as I have or a description of what is inside. 

We've used these for hot soup and cold potato salad! I'm sure that you will come up with many more ways to use these simple little containers.
free downloads for ice cream container party labels | Lorrie Everitt for CreativeBag.com
You will find the download for the labels on the links below:





Friday, 1 August 2014

Summer sale now on and a sneak peek of our holiday packaging

summer sale at creativebag.com

Our summer clearance sale is now on! It's time to start making space for our winter holiday collections.  Quantities of sale items are limited so don't wait too long to shop in store or online!

And here's a little sneak peek at our exclusive holiday collections ... 

sneak peek of holiday packaging at creativebag.com

Stay tuned for more exciting details about our holiday packaging programs.