Sunday, May 31, 2009

And while that Cat is away........

... the mice will play .... or the staff will play that is

Anna is away for a few weeks so we have decided to jump in and offer up some of our favourite products that are available at The Essential Packaging Store. Things that we can't keep our hands off of....that when they come in we are the first to snap them up...things that when we are helping a customer we gravitate towards without thinking....things that when WE are doing the ordering we add a little extra to the order....Essentially a staff pick.

Stay tuned for our first installment of "Staff Pick" sometime over the next week......I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Also don't forget that starting Monday we will be having our Anniversary Celebration with Blog Candy and store giveaways.

Stay tuned

Friday, May 29, 2009

Anniversary Blog Candy!!

Hello everyone! I'm really excited about our anniversary week coming up but I'm extra excited about our new BLOG CANDY giveaway!!!!! Take a look at the fabulous prizes!

This is our Grand Prize- gift bags, tissue, Wraphia ribbon spools, mini gable box, ribbon accents and a $20.00 gift card for The Essential Packaging Store!

Our 2nd Prize - assorted giftwrap, tissue paper, gift bag, cello bags, Wraphia ribbon, ribbons and a $10.00 gift card for The Essential Packaging Store!

Our 3rd Prize - gift bags, tissue, wrapped gift box, ribbons and a $10.00 gift card for The Essential Packaging Store!

Now all you have to do to enter our BLOG CANDY giveaway is leave us a comment telling us what you like about our blog and/or what you'd like to see on our blog. That's it!! It's really that simple! Just send us your comment and you'll automatically be eligible for our BLOG CANDY giveaway.

Deadline for entries will be midnight PST, Saturday, June 6th, 2009. Random draw will be on Monday, June 8th, 2009 with our 3 winners being announced shortly after.

Visit us often, we'd love to hear from you!
Thanks and good luck everyone!!!

Anniversary Week Almost Here!!

Just wanted to remind all of our customers out there that our Customer Appreciation Week starts on Monday, June 1st! There are some great in-Store specials and daily prize draws so drop by. We'll see you then!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Only 1 week to go until our Customer Appreciation Week starts!! Every year we celebrate our Store's anniversary with a special week of "thanks" for our customers. This year, not only do we have some great in-Store specials, we're also giving away STUFF!! Every day of next week, we'll have gift pack draws AND we're also giving away some BLOG CANDY!!! So, check back for more about our BLOG CANDY giveaway!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wedding Wednesdays - Out Of Town Guests

Hi everyone - can't believe another week has flown by!
This week for our Wedding Wednesdays post I thought I would feature ways to package hotel room snack packs for out of town guests. Then yesterday we received our shipment of new gable boxes and viola! I had my inspiration!

These new gable boxes (paper shopping bags and wine boxes as well) are available in the Fine Dining green and white pattern and in the gorgeous black Vino Noir pattern.

You can colour co-ordinate your snack packs with your wedding colours or just go with something fresh as we did in these photos. Either way, I'm sure your out of town guests will appreciate having some yummy munchies in their hotel rooms!

Unsure of what to put in your snack packs? Anything would be great but think of non-perishables and easy to eat items that don't require any extra preparation. Beverages like juice or water are a must, while granola bars, apple sauces or dried fruit are great. Just remember some plastic cutlery and napkins!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Our 11th Anniversary!!!

Can you believe it? I sure can't!! It really is hard to believe our Essential Packaging Store has been around for 11 years! so, to help celebrate this milestone, we're having our Customer Appreciation Week on June 1st - 6th. Check out our May newsletter for more details about our upcoming celebration - see you then!!

Hint- you may want to keep an eye on our blog!!

Spring Gift Wrapping!

Hello! Instead of doing a Wedding Wednesday this week, I decided to do a spring gift wrapping instead! These beautiful butterflies are so "spring" that I couldn't resist doing a project with them.

In these examples, we used white handmade paper and the Envelopments pearl paper to make bands that we then wrapped around our white boxes. You can use any combination of papers and cut them to any width you desire.

Here is a closeup of the butterflies that we attached to the paper bands. These butterfly accents
are part of our Invites A La Carte program and can be purchased separately, in any Envelopments paper you chose.

This jewellery box was decorated in a similar way but we placed the bands off to the left side of the box.

When adding a cluster of accents it looks better to have some variety. In the case of butterflies, some are single layers, some have two or even three layers and some are different sizes as well.

Finally, here's a white giftbox that we did up using the same Envelopments paper and butterfly accents.

For this sample, we added some single face satin ribbon and a tag to create a memorable favour box for a wedding or other event. For your paper and ribbon, you can use any colour combination to co-ordinate with your decor or theme.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Call Of The Wild 2!

Hi again! With the popularity of our leopar and tiger print packaging, we've added a new "stripe" to our lineup - ZEBRA!Use the zebra tissue in gift bags...

... wrap the lid of a two-piece box...

... or make a band around any box. Don't forget a nice ribbon bow!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Giftwrapping Ideas!

Hello! We've received our latest shipment of new giftwrap rolls and there are some fabulous patterns and colours! Below are some photos I took last week showing some other ideas you can do with your giftwrap. We tend to do the usual "cover the whole box with the giftwrap" and that's it. But try something different next time you need to wrap a gift...

In these 2 samples, we used small strips of giftwrap (great way to use up leftovers!) in any width you desire, to "band" around coloured giftware or pillow boxes.

We then added a length of ribbon to finish it off - looks great and it's quick too!

Another wrapping idea is to wrap just the lid with your giftwrap and leave the base plain. These white gift boxes have removable lids so by wrapping just the lid, it makes for an elegant presentation.Of course if you're feeling a bit adventurous, you can wrap the bottom as well in a co-ordinating pattern! Either way, have some fun trying something different with your wrapping paper!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wedding Wednesdays - Cupcake Boxes!!

Hello! I know I'm a bit tardy with my Wedding Wednesdays post this week; it's almost Thursday! Well, as they say, better late than never!!!

Great news for all the brides (and other customers) who have been asking (and asking, and asking...) for cupcake boxes - we now have them in stock at the Store!!!!! The cupcake boxes are available in singles, fours and sixes.

These white single cupcake boxes have a clear window cutout in the top so you can see your fabulous cupcake inside! We added a little bling accent to the window; it's a nice touch that doesn't interfere with seeing what's inside.

Inside the cupcake box, there is a removable insert that will hold your cupcake straight and ensure that it doesn't tip over.

Adding ribbon around the sides of the cupcake box allows guests to open the lid and eat their yummy treat without disturbing any of the wrapping!