Little Gifts

I love making little gifts to give to friends and neighbors and if they can be made using digital supplies, it makes me oh so happy! As we were getting ready to move, I wanted something cute to give neighbors that would have my cell number and email address.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I loved seeing people smile when I handed them the bag and then, when they realized my information was printed right on the bag, they would say, “How did you do that??”

Here’s How

I filled the bags with HUGS, they make me happy! I got the bags from Sweet Baking Supply Company and ran them through my printer. I did learn a few things (the hard way), so here are some tips for you:

  • Print only a few bags at a time (1-3 worked best)
  • Set up the document size to the size of the bags in your printer settings or control panel
  • Be sure to have enough bags to practice
  • Run a test with just one bag and make sure you have them inserted in the printer the correct direction.

I folded over the top and punched two holes through all layers of the bag.  I then used some cute bakers twine to tie them closed. I know that the first time I looped string or ribbon through like I did on these bags, it took me a few tries to get it right. I thought I would show a couple of pictures for those of you that haven not dabbled in paper Winking smile :

You start by looping the string (or twine/ribbon) through the front of the bags:

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Cross the string in back and loop back through the opposite hole toward the front of the bag:

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Once it’s through on the front side of the bag, tie it in a bow, and cut any extra.

I have a board on Pinterest that is dedicated to Little Gift ideas, so check it out if this is something you enjoy.

Giving little gifts don’t cost much, but they bring BIG smiles to people’s faces! Everyone loves to be thought of!

If you have some little gift ideas, be sure to link up to them in the comments.

The wordart was available for a limited time only and has been removed.

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KRISI’S KREATIONS

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I LOVE doing hybrid and printable projects and I was super excited when Krisi from Krisi’s Kreations sent her application in!  She has some really unique templates (LOVE the backpack)! They are also really easy to use!  I can’t wait to do some more projects!  Krisi also has lots of fun word art sets.  Let’s take a closer look at Krisi’s contribution to The Digi Files this month:

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You get both of these products and so much more in The Digi Files!  It really is the best deal in digital!!  Check out our membership for even more bonuses and goodies!  Let’s look at some projects created with Krisi’s supplies:

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Gable box by Tara, additional supplies: Book of Firsts by Three Paper Peonies and Paislee Press
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Gable box by Steph, also includes Krisi’s word art, additional supplies by Weeds and Wildflowers. This was printable given to members during March as a bonus.
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Layut by Karen using wordart by Krisi, additional supplies: One Little Bird Flight Plan template; Sweet Shoppe Designs and The Lilypad Fall Moments collab; Font is Steinem
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Gable Box by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: Penny Springmann, Word Art: Krisi’s Kreations, Brush: Jenna Desai
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Gable box by Karen, supplies: Gable Box Template by Krisi’s Kreations, Googiehunt by Kaye Winiecki, egg paper from Eastertreats printables (retired) and daisy egg from Hoppity both by Kate Hadfield

You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.

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I’m Krisi Lee and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area where I have grown up since I was 5. I have been married 13 years and have two girls 6 ½ and 3 ½. I am also a Registered Nurse and Shelf Reliance consultant – many say I am too busy but wouldn’t change it – I like to stay busy.

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Krisi has posted a free tutorial for the backpack flower on her blog!

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Perfect your inside shadows for printing of your hybrid projects. What does this mean? Check out this item:

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I have had many comments that they couldn’t do hybrid because they do not own an electronic cutter to cut things intricate things for them. My response to that is, so don’t cut it, in this example the scallop is not cut out and raised with a pop dot I used shadowing in PSE to create that look. I did cut the circle and raised that with a pop dot but many are amazed to know that all the intricate cutting is not necessary. All you need for hybrid is printer, paper, scissors, and adhesive. Other things such as ribbon, buttons etc. all help to enhance your finished project but are not absolutely necessary.

Each person will need to have a little bit different shadow specifications – depending on where you take your photos and where your lighting comes from. Try it out! The example above is the free template you receive when you sign up for my newsletter – so try it for yourself!

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I had been a paper scrapper for 15 years and have always been a fan of paper crafts. I went digital in the spring of 2007 for my scrapbook layouts but continued with paper crafts traditionally until early 2009 when I realized I could combine digital things with my paper crafting. I had a great time on the hybrid team for ScrapMatters and then later in 2009 I opened my store at ScrapMatters as Krisi’s Kreations where I design hybrid templates. When I made the decision to create templates I wanted to fill a void in hybrid and that was LARGER finished products that could be printed on standard paper still. I have many two page templates that are easily put together to create great bags or boxes for gift giving.

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Life in general gives me various ideas, packaging at the grocery store, gift ideas, gifts I have received… really anything crafty can give me new ideas. My CT is also great at giving me new ideas of things that they need as well.

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I have a HP with windows vista on it, it has 8MB of RAM. The internal drive is 750GB and then I have three external drives – that are all full back ups – just in case! The external drives are 500GB, 1.2TB and 2TB.

I use PSE7 to scrap and to design – just a few years ago I was still using Microsoft Digital Image Pro and took the plunge to PSE at the end of 2009.

I have a Cannon 50D that I learn to use on manual more and more each day.

My printer is an HP Officejet 6500 and I always use HP ink (it does make a difference!). For paper I either use Epson Ultra Premium Presentation paper in matte or Staples Double Sided matte photo paper. I use a craft knife and a metal edge ruler for 95% of my cutting but I do have a Cricut Expression and Make The Cut software. In addition I have tons of ribbons, buttons, eyelets, brads for additions to my projects

favoriteproduct3 My favorite product to date is my envelope series. I have three different sizes: invitation (regular card size), square, as well as one for money. Having a matching envelope for a card is such a nice addition!

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Cover It Up: Invitation {including cutting files}

Cover It Up: Square {including cutting files}

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Matchbox: Candy Boxes

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Here are some of my favorite products by Krisi

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Card Purse: Wide

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Krisi’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Krisi’s Store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

As a thank you to our readers, Krisi has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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