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. 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Giveaway: Halloween Basket of Treats and Sweets

It's scary to say that Halloween is almost here. Our stores are stocked with tons of Halloween sweets, decorations and even some costumes.

We want to give away a Halloween Basket of Treats and Sweets to one lucky fan!


The basket is over $50 of goodies!


  • 3.6lbs candy
  • Ghost
  • Pumpkin tote
  • Skulls
  • Trick or treat banner
  • Keep Calm and Ride on sign
  • Candy buttons
  • Pumpkin pale


Just enter the contest below to win.

Good luck!

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!