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Friday, December 12, 2008

It's a wrap~tutorial and a special Friday Freebie

Several holiday seasons ago I worked for Macy's. I went from department to department wherever they needed extra help. One of the area's I worked in quite a bit was the gift wrap department. I picked up quite a few tips that I thought I would share with you. Here are some of my favorite supplies:


I like paper that has a bit of weight to it. There are some brands that have a cutting guide on the reverse side, but if your paper does not, then just find a consistent pattern on the pretty side of the paper that you can follow. It will help keep your cutting edge straight. Good scissors also make a difference.



When wrapping a gift pull the paper all the way over to the edge, and secure it underneath with double stick tape. Your wrapping will then appear seamless.




The number one tip for a really great looking wrap job is to crease all the edges.





Once your gift is wrapped, then the fun can begin. I am a scrap saver and I bring it all out at Christmas. Having all your supplies close at hand will save you precious time. This gift for my son will go under our main tree which is done in traditional reds and greens. He'll know it's his because he loves fun pencils.



Mr. Decor's favorite color is green. I love using tulle as "ribbon" and always try to add something whimsical. I found the bird at Michael's. The peacock feathers (a favorite of mine) came from Marie at Marie Antoinette. She also gifted me with some wonderful lavender soap and a darling stocking. Thank you Marie!



Are you trying to be more green this Christmas? The following gifts were wrapped in recycled grocery bags.




This little gift will go under the tree in my sons room. It is sweet, but masculine. Even the little metal bird, ribbon and raffia is recycled.



This gift is for a friend who loves vintage trims. I imagine that the trim that I used as ribbon will definitely be enjoyed again.



I generally select paper that is a solid color but still has a pattern. This allows me to add a variety of trims to give each gift personality.



This gift features vintage velvet millinery leaves, and fun pink tinsel. The mercury ornament will look fabulous on my daughter's very glamorous pink and white tree.





A friend of mine got married earlier this year and I wanted this gift to reflect the newlyweds first Christmas together. The pearl trim and dove were hot glued into place.




A few of my favorite bloggers have also shown their creative side through wrapping. These truly travel worthy gifts are from the talented Heather Bullard. Blissful sigh.



The uber creative Candice Carpenter has perfected whimsically delightful gift wrapping. I love her darling tag. So simple, but sweet.


Now, onto Friday Freebie.
Earlier this week I came across a blog entitled I Kicked Cancer's Ass. It's author, Meaghan, is pretty amazing. She is fighting cervical cancer at the ripe old age of 28. But in the true spirit of Christmas she created the Spirit Jump project. How it works is simple. People donate handcrafted or beautiful items and send it directly to someone battling cancer. It provides a jump to their spirit if you will.
So with that same spirit, this week's Friday Freebie winner has already been selected.
It is a hat box filled with a few things that I had made such as dinner napkins, bath salts, candles, as well as a few other fun things that I am sending to a very lovely, deserving lady.


Has the spirit of Christmas found you yet?

48 comments :

Kristi said...

Ooooh! I just loved looking at your creations. I think I'm ready to start wrapping now. Thank you for the wonderfully creative ideas. You are just amazing!

HiHoOhio said...

So beautiful those gifts are.....what an inspiration!

Kass said...

Im such a stinky wrapper- and do not like wrapping. I am sitting here right now procrastinating so I dont have to wrap!!. But I love beautifully wrapped gifts.
You have inspired me- off I go...HOHoHo

Charli and me said...

I love all of the wrapped presents. How pretty. Great ideas here. Merry Christmas....

heather said...

*sigh* Those are so pretty. The presents I wrap always look like someone under the age of five did it. :(

Mildred said...

Thank you Laura for showcasing Meaghan's incredible fight. Thanks too for the pretty wrapping tips - I would not want to rip into any of those lovely gifts. The one for the newlyweds is so very special. Have a nice weekend.

~♥~ Monica S said...

WOW!! Those a beautifully wrapped presents!!!!

And what a great thing to do with your friday give-away!! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monica

Tracy said...

Very nice, Laura. My hands-down favorite part of Christmas prep is wrapping the gifts. Give me a pile of paper and ribbons and scissors and trims and I'm in heaven! And I try as much as practical to make the outside of a gift just as pretty and personal as what's inside. So much fun - I can't wait to get started!
And thanks for passing on the info about Spirit Jump. A lovely idea any time of the year.

Shimmy Mom said...

Awesome Friday Freebie!!! I, unfortunately, have more than one extended family member that has battled cancer in the last few years. My husbands aunt was just re-diagnosed this last week. I will join in as well and send something special to her.
*hugs*

perilloparodies said...

Oh, Laura, I love this post. I will be referring to it OFTEN!!! And I will be linking to it... I also keep everything and try to make packages more fun. the little things you have collected here and there are just lovely and have been used beautifully. well done. and thank you for including some other-s ideas as well. always nice to get ideas. you never know which ones will come in handy, and when. :-) have a great day!

KDLOST said...

kudos on the freebie! :)

i am liking the tutorial, too... i am not a master wrapper... so this helps! cheers!

Jen said...

This post is amazing and oh-so inspiring! The wrapping is brilliant. And the Friday Freebie...well, it just doesn't get much better than that!
Thanks! Have a great weekend!
♥Jen

Blue Castle said...

I love how you wrapped your gifts. They are so beautiful, and it's evident you put thought and time into each one. I especially love the ones wrapped in grocery bag paper. Beautiful!

Glenda said...

Your gift wrapping very, very pretty.

My friend worked in gift wrap years ago in Macy's too and she does a great job.

That's inspiring on the freebie.

I want to donate my time in giving to others.

Ciao

Bobbi Jo said...

Those are so pretty and a very helpful tutorial. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Lady Dorothy said...

What beautiful packages! You have inspired me to get up and go wrap some gifts. And to do the little extra to make them extra special. Thank you!

Lorrie said...

Very pretty wrapping ideas. And how wonderful to send your giveaway to Meaghan. I'm sure her spirits will be lifted!

blessings,
Lorrie

Mimi Sue said...

I LOVE wrapping paper and sometimes won't open a gift for several days while I just enjoy the beautiful wrapping job. Weird? Thanks for all the tips. That creasing the edges is one I will do from now on. Mimi

Wanda said...

Everything is just lovely....you are so talented. I foofed up a wreath and will be giving it away...come throw your hat in the ring. :)

DEB said...

Beautiful gift wrapping ideas!
Thanks for sharing.

quitecontrary1977 said...

I'd hate to open such a lovely package!!

Great idea for the Freebie Friday. And I love Meagan's blog!

Miss Sandy said...

Beautiful gift wrap ideas!!! I love the idea of sending something to someone who needs a lift.

A little something very beautiful arrived in my mailbox today and I am sure it will be recycled into a wonderful memory! Thank you. Have a blessed Sunday.

Marie Antionette said...

Laura,your gift wraping is divine,to say the least.They are all so beautiful.Of course I love the one with the peacocks...LOL...I will also put your link up ,so I'll always have it.Merry Christmas Marie Antionette

Kim@ForeverWherever.com said...

Wow! You're so talented! I think I always go wrong with cheap paper! I'm going to try creasing the edge this year!
-Kim

Juxtaposition Design said...

Very inspirational with all the unique bows and toppers to your presents!
I also love wrapping a present to perfection but this makes me want to explore options other than just the peel-and-stick bow

Paula said...

Wrapping is on my "to do" list today. You've inspired me to try to be a little bit more creative. Thanks for the tips on using double sided tape and creasing all of the edges.

susie Vasquez said...

You have some great wrapping paper ideas thanks for the inspiration.
xoxo Susie

Jorgelina said...

Pretty creations. Pretty gifts.

Zita- Mlle Magpie said...

Love your wrapping ideas!

Heartinmyhand said...

Love all the wrapping ideas. Thanks for the idea with the lighted table.Very clever

Liz said...

I love to wrap to! My gifts are much more simple though... Yours are little works of art! : )

That is so nice about your giveaway!
Very kind of you!

~Liz

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I really enjoyed all of your wrapping suggestions! How wonderful they all are!!

Whoever is getting that box of goodies is very lucky!! You are so sweet!

Becky :)

Laura B. said...

Wow!!! What a fabulous inspirational resource. Love your blog, thanks for sharing!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

You are so creative with your gift wrapping!!
I would never open any of the packages in your pics - they are too beautiful to take apart :-) !

Fiona said...

Such lovely gifts! Now I am inspired! I love your lights under the table trick too, so pretty! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Jeana said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. When I got to your site I realized I had been here before! You always have great ideas to share and I love the tutorials! What beautiful wrapped packages. Have a great Holiday!

Alex and Jill said...

Would you come wrap all of my gifts!? These are just lovely!!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Wow! All of your packages look so beautiful! These are great ideas.

Sam said...

Your packages are beautiful! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I'll definitely be coming back to yours for more inspiration.

Meredith said...

Love your creative wrapping. They all look so pretty!

Brittany said...

What pretty wrapping! I love to wrap, but am not nearly as creative with it as you seem to be!

Merand said...

Thanks for visiting! I love all of your tips and your family is quite lovely. If I received a gift from you, I don't think I'd ever open it. The presentation alone is a gift! Thank you!

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

You take creative gift wrapping to a whole new level! Wow!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am always mesmerized when I watch my gifts being wrapped in stores. Your post made it seem doable and your organizational tips as well as personalization makes me want to start my wrapping now. Laura, you are truly "gifted"!!

Anonymous said...

you are so talented at wrapping MY gifts!!!!

jesus knows the truth.


i love you blog mom!

Maven said...

I am seriously the world's worst wrapper (and crafter) Something is wrong with the neurons that connect my mind to my hands I think ;)

I aspire to beautiful gifts like the ones you've wrapped.

And thankyou for sharing those links. So many good people out there...

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

These are such great wrapping ideas. I would love love love to get a neat little gift wrapped package from you. Too awesome!

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

What time and beauty you put into giftwraping those presents! I love them. I'm lucky to get it all wrapped in time for Christmas with my 3 year old and 10 month old running around! ;)