But to cut the rambling short, this year I couldn't decide on one gift, so I made a little collection of gifts for my friends. A smorgasbord of DIY's if you will, including;
- Vanilla Essence
- Mulled Wine Kits
- Lush style moistursing bath bars
- Hot chocolates on spoons
- Christmas cookie boxes
I made two different sets of gifts - one came in the little gabled box you see above and the other was a duo of a DIY cookie box and the Hot Chocolates on spoons in a little printed bag.
I'll start with the packaging and let you know that I fully 'cheated'. What with all the other stuff I had going on over the last few months, my somewhat lacking photoshop skills and my deep rooted love of the design I decided to use these Holiday Mail Stripe tags, by one of my favourite crafty bloggers Eat Drink Chic, as my starting point and work everything around them. I la-la-love the little reindeer stamp, and the colour scheme.
So I printed a bunch of the tags for general use, and then set about mixing up the design a little where needed in photoshop.
For the majority of the labels, I just wrote the text straight on to them, using Scribble Box as my main font and Pea Jenny Script as my secondary font. Once I was happy with the text it was just a case of printing them, cutting them out and rounding the corners - mostly to hide my uneven cutting skills but also because I just think it looks more finished.
For the larger labels on the cookie box and the gabled kraft box, I had to do a little cutting and shutting as when I stretched the label, it understandable looked odd, so it was a case of piecing together the reds and blues until they were even.
The gift bags were printed from here. No modification, no nothing. Just a little bad gluing!
So there you have it - my packaging!
Tomorrow, I'll go through my Limoncello recipe and bottling!