I've spent the school holidays & Christmas break checking out some new handmade packaging ideas for my smaller market products, carry bags as well as shipping from Posie. My fabulous friend Julie from Handmade Canberra's UpMarket put me onto Divine Twine from America. At $us15 for 240 yards of each ball of twine which is indeed, divine . . . can't go wrong!! I made tags & paper Christmas decorations for my brown paper gift wrapping, they looked great under the tree. I bought every colour they had & noticed the twine wrappers were sealed with the cutest round hand stamped stickers - something i've been wanting to make since Reprodepot sent me some freebies years ago with the same concept, only in a larger brown round hand stamped sticker. THEN the Divine Twine blog did a feature on where they got their packing stickers from - BrownKraftLabels.com so i ordered tonnes & have been making some handmade stickers with the children using my extensive range of Cavallini stamps (available at Posie). Sometimes things just line up for you don't they??
The stickers were difficult to photograph with the little digital camera (small & white, always a challenge to shoot quickly) so i popped them onto brown paper bags which will be used for lunch orders when school goes back. My guys get one lunch order a term, so it's super exciting for them, why not make it pretty too!!
I picked a range of sizes, colours, shapes & some little pop out small folding cards to make inexpensive hand stamped gift tags for my market stall, plus precut strings. Stay tuned, the stickers & tags will be available for sale as well as in mixed up stationey packs, all in my head at the moment. Shipping was expensive but it's something i've wanted to do forever & never knew where to start. Thought there might be more of you out there dreaming up the same concept & not knowing where to start.
Coincidentally, had a swim with Julie yesterday & she had bought me the boxes of thicker rope style twine from the Donna Hay General Store in Sydney on a recent trip, now i have all 3 colours - red&white, brown&white, blue&brown 50m each. They are so lovely, perfect to tie onto a spare key & tie up packages. Thanks Julie!! Now i'm off to bake some cup cakes & pop them into Donna Hay wrappers, Ok Ok, i'm addicted to nice packaging for everything!!
Combined with green friendly, recycled & biodegradable packing solutions from Greenwares Australia (Jo, a mum from school's business) it's so much fun to dream up this year's Posie bags, wrapping, note book & packaging, thanks Jo!!