Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bow Tutorial - By Anna

Almost everyday at the Essential Packaging Store, we get asked,
"How do you tie a nice bow?"
Well, today I'm going to do a tutorial on how to tie a bow! There are many different kinds of bows you can make but today I'm going to do a very simple one that I like to call The Cheater Bow. I call it this because technically we're not tying the ribbon into a bow. Follow this tutorial and see how really easy it is to tie a bow!

Start off with a length of ribbon. In this sample I'm using about 18" of single face satin ribbon.
Form the ribbon into a loop that resembles the Breast Cancer ribbons.

Then bring the loop down until it touches the centre where the ribbon crosses itself. You should now be able to see your bow starting to take shape.

Using a small length of tinsel cord, about 8" long, place the tinsel cord vertically down the middle of your bow.

Take the ends of the tinsel cord and tie a loose knot. As you begin to tighten up your tinsel cord knot the centre of your satin ribbon bow will also begin to gather. Be sure to make a double knot with the tinsel cord to secure the bow. Once you've finished the tinsel cord knot you may need to adjust the satin ribbon so that the bow lays properly.

This is a view of your ribbon bow from the back. Note that after I tied the tinsel cord knot I turned the knot to be at the back of the bow. This will allow you to use the remaining cord to attach your bow onto something else.

Now, back to the front of the bow. I trimmed the ends of the bow tails on an angle to give the bow a nice finish.

And there you have it - the perfect Cheater Bow!! Once you have mastered this bow try experimenting- use different types of ribbon, including wired; layer two or three small bows, in different colours and textures, together to create one amazing bow!

Well, I hope this tutorial has helped take the mystery out of bow tying! Please let me know if you found this tutorial helpful or if you have any further questions, I'd love to hear from you! Until the next tutorial, happy bow tying!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wedding Wednesdays - Paper Bag Favours!

Hi again! Time for another Wedding Wednesday blog entry. This week I thought I would borrow an idea from our current August newsletter only this time, we're using these little brown bags as wedding, shower or party favours. They're quick, easy and inexpensive to make and best of all, they can be personalized any way that you wish.

For this sample, we used our little 1/2lb brown paper bags (they measure 3" wide x 5 1/8" tall with a 1 3/4" side gusset or pleat). They're a great size for wrapped candies or chocolates! We trimmed the top of the bag with pinking shears just to fancy it up a bit.

We stamped our little saying, in brown ink, on the front of the bags (this particular stamp is from Stampin' Up). Then fill your bags, fold down the top of the bag and punch two holes side by side near the top of the bag. Thread a piece of ribbon through the two holes and tie a shoelace bow on the front. That's it! Easy and really cute, too!

Thanks and we'll see you soon!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sandie's Staff Pick is...

Sandie likes to fill her cello bags with little boxes
filled with treasures or sweets. She ties them
with love using our beautiful ribbons.

We have over 35 patterns to choose from! (I just checked).
We think Anna has a secret cello bag addiction.
We're fine with that...

Check out our August newsletter to see our 2 new Halloween and Christmas cello bag patterns.

We stock 5 sizes of clear cello bags and 3 sizes of patterned.

I love them too.
I keep a stash in my kitchen cupboard so they are always on hand to fill with
cookies or other treats. Did I mention there are over 35 patterns to choose from...

Take care everyone,


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Custom Seals for Baby Showers!

Hi everyone! We've all been so excited with our new custom printed seals that we wanted to try them for other occasions besides weddings. So, we came up with a few ideas for baby showers!

For this sample, we used our 3" x 3" x 3" square giftbox (perfect for cookies or a cupcake!)and tied a length of pink satin ribbon in a simple shoelace bow. We punched a tiny hole at the bottom of our custom printed seal and with a small piece of narrow ribbon, tied the seal to our main bow so it would stand straight up.

In this square truffle box sample, we tied a length of sheer dot ribbon around the box with a shoelace bow at the front. We attached our custom printed seal to a 2" square of brown cardstock (also available at our Store) and then mounted it to the lid of the truffle box.

Our cello bag sample used the same custom printed seal but as a tag hanging from the bow. We attached the seal to the ribbon bow using a small length of narrow ribbon.

Here's another example of how you can use our new custom printed seals to decorate your baby shower favours. This seal (with baby's name and birth date) was attached to the lid of a small jewellery box and accented with a satin ribbon bow.

There are a lot of different ideas for our new custom printed seals - we'll be sharing more of them with you in the weeks to come!!

Thanks and we'll see you again soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wedding Wednesdays - Custom Seals!

Hello everyone! It's time again for Wedding Wednesdays and this week we're introducing another new addition to our Invites A La Carte line - custom printed seals! Our new custom seals are available in circle or square shapes, as well as circle on square.

These custom seals are so versatile, perfect on favour boxes or as gift tags on cello bags.

Have a simple message printed on your custom seals, like "Thank-You" or your names and wedding date. Choose from a wide variety of paper colours, with minimums starting at just 50 quantity.

These custom seals are also great for other occasions like baby showers, anniversaries and corporate events.

Thanks and we'll see you soon!