Entries Tagged as 'package'

baby shower thank you notes.

Posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

These days, life is very much a “two steps forward, one step back” experience. For example!

Two steps forward: this weekend we picked up the bassinet we’ve been wanting for a killer deal AND I got a jumpstart on my baby shower thank you notes!

One step back: after looking over my mile-long to-do list for the umpteenth time, I decided that I needed to put my perpetually tired feet up for a few minutes, which quickly and not-so-unexpectedly escalated into a two hour nap / coma. So…the to-do list remains long, but man, I felt refreshed at 11pm! Sigh. Pregnancy is weird, you guys.

So after beating myself up these past few weeks over not being more productive, I’ve decided to just roll with it. Did I absolutely need to work on baby shower thank you notes when they won’t be mailed out for another month? Mmm, not exactly. But I was in the mood to do it and now that’s one less thing I will have to worry about as my due date draws (scarily!) closer and closer. Baby steps, people.

Here’s how I put them together (shower guests, look away! ;)):

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

If ever there were an excuse to use as much pink as possible in a single package, I think my baby showers just might be it. I used pink A2 envelopesneon pink ink, hot pink wrapping paper picked up at Target after Christmas last year (best time to shop for packaging!), white cardstock, and a phrase stamp I designed using my own handwriting. Since I planned on making a bunch of these, I purposely kept the design and the process as simple as possible.

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

I started out by creating A2-sized cards out of white cardstock, folded them in half, and then stamped the front of each with my hand-lettered phrase and neon pink ink. Originally I wanted to design a stamp using a bunch of my favorite fonts, but then I decided that incorporating my own handwriting would be much more personal. I mentioned on Instagram that I rarely order stamps for myself anymore, but when I do, it’s like Christmas morning ripping open the box! (Note to self: find more occasions to design personal stamps.)

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

To line the envelopes, I created a liner template out of a scratch piece of bristol paper and traced it on the backside of the wrapping paper several times. Once I had them all cut out, I tucked each liner into the envelope first, added a little adhesive to the envelope flap, and then folded the flap down. I’ve found that just a tiny bit of adhesive on the flap (always applied after tucking the liner into the envelope!) is more than enough to keep it securely in place.

Hand Stamped Baby Shower Thank You Notes | Ann-Marie Loves

Finally, for the front of the envelopes, I stamped one of my “Kindly Send To” stamps with my new favorite black ink pad. I would love to start addressing them now (is it weird that this is my favorite part of the correspondence process?), but I guess I can wait until after the showers ;)

P.S. Later this week, I’ll be sharing how I digitize my hand lettering with nothing more than a scanner, a sheet of paper, and Illustator. It’s super easy AND crazy addictive :)

workspace wednesday | my favorite shipping tools.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Favorite Shipping Tools | Ann-Marie Loves

As I’ve designed, sold, and shipped a variety of products over the years, my packaging process has evolved and turned into a pretty streamlined event. It’s still not perfect, but it works for me. Here are my go-to tools for shipping success:

Big Cartel. As much as I love Etsy and all their amazing features, I found that their fees were really beginning to cut into my profit margins. And as a (very) small business owner, I couldn’t afford to give up anymore of my profits than necessary. So about a year and a half ago, I made the switch to Big Cartel and I really love it. Even though it doesn’t have the same community feel as Etsy (at least in my opinion), it’s cleaner, easier to navigate, and I only have to pay a flat rate each month, no matter how many sales I receive.

PayPal. My business would nothing if it weren’t for the ease and effectiveness of PayPal. Not only is it most people’s preferred way to exchange money, but it’s also a great tool for sending invoices, splitting the cost of a meal with a friend, and paying a variety of online services. Since I use PayPal on a daily basis, I have their business debit card so that I can spend money from my account everywhere I go.

Stamps.com. I absolutely adore my international customers and am thrilled to think that my designs live all over the world…! But before I subscribed to stamps.com, making runs to the post office to ship out international packages was quite the process. Between filling out customs forms, answering questions, and waiting patiently while the poor postal employees had to manually enter every last bit of information into the computer, each package took a minimum of five minutes to complete. (You can imagine how much the people in line behind me LOVED seeing me unload my oversized bag of international packages onto the counter! Ha!) But then, I discovered stamps.com. GAME. CHANGER. Not only can I skip the post office and print my labels from home, but the shipping costs are slightly lower too! I pay $15.99 a month to maintain my subscription and it’s easily the best $15.99 I invest in my business.

My Favorite Shipping Tools | Ann-Marie Loves

Mailers. A little over a year and a half ago, I purchased two GIANT boxes filled with grey padded mailers from Amazon and I am still working my way through that stash. While I don’t necessarily love the grey color, I do love that they are padded (perfect for the sharp edges on rubber stamps) and weigh virtually nothing.

Shipping labels. I used to buy my shipping labels from one of the big office supply chains, but then I saw Elise post about a $10 box of labels on Amazon and I haven’t looked back since!

Custom stamps. Each rubber stamp that I sell gets stamped with my Ann-Marie Loves logo and each kraft paper bag gets stamped with a thank you note.

My Favorite Shipping Tools | Ann-Marie Loves

Kraft paper bags. I used to purchase my bags from Paper Source, but then I thought to check Amazon and ended up saving a ton of money by buying in bulk. (Yet strangely, this hasn’t decreased my need to visit Paper Source on a regular basis…)

Colored tape. No packaging of mine would ever be complete without a little tape action! My current favorite is mint masking tape from Scotch.

Paper trimmer. While this may seem like an unnecessary packaging component, I assure you that when there are multiple shipping labels that need to be trimmed, you want a solid paper cutter in your arsenal. This particular trimmer by Fiskars has been a lifesaver, not only for my business, but for my wedding and crafting projects as well!

diy wrapping paper.

Posted on: Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Stamped Tissue Paper Gift Wrap | Ann-Marie Loves

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Mine was filled with brunch in Los Feliz with my BFF, working an awesome event with Amy, spending quality time with family at home (the baby’s first Easter basket…!), eating more than my fair share of egg-shaped candy, and of course, crafting up a storm (the weaving obsession continues!).

In other words, a perfect weekend.

My good friend Lindsey is sharing my tutorial for creating your own stamped wrapping paper on her blog! (There may or may not be a heavy dose of hot pink involved…) While you’re there, be sure to check out her awesome shop full of impeccably-designed printables. Enjoy!

custom wedding stamp.

Posted on: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves Paper Custom Stamp

Each generation has their own standards and traditions for weddings and I feel so lucky to live in the one where ANYTHING goes. I love the idea of creating as many custom details as possible and really encapsulating the styles and personalities of the bride + groom. Because let’s be real: when else in your life do you get a day devoted entirely to your coupledom? I say, live it up!

Ann-Marie Loves Paper Custom Stamp

So when a dear friend commissioned me to create a few custom stamps for her wedding, I was thrilled! This particular stamp was used for the fabric lid toppers on their honey jar party favors…adorable! I get such a kick out of bringing creative visions to fruition, especially when it shows up in a package as cute (and tasty!) as this!

diy care package.

Posted on: Friday, June 7, 2013

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

As someone who has lived far away from family + friends, I can attest to how wonderful it is to receive a care package in the mail. My mom used to send me the best care packages filled with magazines, my favorite candy, and the occasional Starbucks gift card (thanks Mom!) to make the distance between California + Utah feel a little bit shorter. And even though I am now back in California, I still have several friends that live out of state, so I am always looking for opportunities to send a little happy mail their way.

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

The key to care packages is that they don’t have to cost a lot; it truly is the thought behind the gesture that counts! In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to “shop” my own supplies. I have waaaay more stamps, pencils, twine, washi tape, and envelopes than I’ll ever know what to do with, so I pass them along to someone who can put them to good use! And of course, with all these fun supplies comes the opportunity to create fun packaging. I especially love adding descriptions to my items (i.e. “15 yards”) with Martha Stewart’s Crafts Your Own Stamp Set.

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

There are no rules and you don’t even need to send the package to a distant location. It might be fun just to drop a box off on a good friend’s doorstep to make their homecoming a little bit sweeter. Happy mail for the win!

bridesmaid cards.

Posted on: Saturday, February 9, 2013

bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper
bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper
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bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper

Over the holiday season, I was lucky enough to have almost all of my friends in town for several weeks. This meant daily trips to Starbucks to “get work done” which translates to “rearrange the tables + chairs in the store to accomodate everyone and talk loudly for hours on end.” (The good people at the ‘Bucks totally love us.) Since it’s so rare to actually have my friends nearby for an extended period of time, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to pop the question to my bridesmaids in person. And let me tell you, I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do! The pressure was on, to say the least.

After many failed mock-ups (I was dead-serious about this task), I finally decided that simple was best.

Using my Cameo, I die-cut each of the cards and then adhered them to a sheet of gold cardstock along with a handwritten message on the back. From there, I wrapped each card in hot pink tissue paper and tucked them into kraft bags embellished with washi tape, glitter tape, and a Thicker in each girl’s first initial. And guess what? It totally worked! Despite the fact that four out of six girls currently live out of state, they all agreed to join me on this journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled.

xoxo

new years cards.

Posted on: Saturday, January 5, 2013

new years cards | ann-marie loves paper
new years cards | ann-marie loves paper

This holiday season, I decided to go the New Years card route and include a calendar and a custom pencil to kick off 2013 in (hot pink) style. Go big or go home, right?

xoxo

P.S. You can purchase a PDF of this calendar right here! (:

new years cards.

Posted on: Saturday, January 5, 2013

new years cards | ann-marie loves paper
new years cards | ann-marie loves paper

This holiday season, I decided to go the New Years card route and include a calendar and a custom pencil to kick off 2013 in (hot pink) style. Go big or go home, right?

xoxo

P.S. You can purchase a PDF of this calendar right here! (:

diy gift wrap | using books as packaging

Posted on: Thursday, December 13, 2012

Using Books as Packaging | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Using Books as Packaging | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Using Books as Packaging | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Using Books as Packaging | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Using Books as Packaging | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

As wonderful and foolproof as gift cards are, their tiny size sure does tend to spoil the surprise factor when it comes to packaging. I am always looking for ways to “throw off the scent” and using books from thrift stores is my definitely my favorite option. Not only does the recipient receive store credit to their favorite shop (if you play your cards correctly), but they get a free book out of the deal! And we all know how many awesome things a person can do with a book: use it for decor, rip pages out for crafting purposes, upcycle it for another gift, or heck, maybe even read the darn thing! Plus, if the cover art is well-designed (I, for one, always judge books by their covers), it can take the place of decorative gift wrap <—-there’s the recycling fiend in me again!

The packaging process is super simple. For my gift, I used a book I found at the DI last year in Utah (chosen for it’s aqua hues), yellow felt trimmed on one side with pinking shears, and faux-tinsel yarn. The letter “A” was cut out with my Cameo + adhered to the cover using washi tape. I like to create my own envelopes for the actual gift card using kraft butcher paper (or any paper that folds well), a few stamps, and a little bit of tape, but that’s completely optional. Pretty much as simple as simple gets, right?

xoxo

tote bag diy.

Posted on: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reusable tote bags are a big thing around these here parts. They’re so big, in fact, that when I went to NYC last March, I excitedly bought my mom a canvas grocery bag from the Zabars featured in You’ve Got Mail (“get in another line”) because I knew she would appreciate both the reference AND the usability. So in the spirit of recycling + good packaging (no longer mutually exclusive!), I decided to create a few tote bags for myself and for others this holiday season. Here’s how to create your own tote bag design:

Tote Bag DIY | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Tote Bag DIY | Ann-Marie Loves Paper IMG_3938
Tote Bag DIY | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Tote Bag DIY | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Tote Bag DIY | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Instructions

1. Make a stencil. I designed mine in Silhouette Studio and had my Cameo Die-Cutting Machine do the hard work for me. If you don’t have a machine, fear not! You can always use an xacto knife to achieve very similar results.

2. Place a sheet of chipboard / cardboard / heavyweight paper inside your tote. (Note: If your bag needs ironing – ugh, ironing! – do this beforehand. It’ll be worth it, I promise.)

3. Position your stencil over the area you would like to paint and adhere it to the bag with removable tape.

4. Using a multi-surface craft paint and a foam paint pouncer, dot over your stencil gently yet firmly until the whole area is covered in paint. I only applied a single coat because that was all I needed. Apply as many coats as you deem necessary.

5. Let dry. Slowly lift your stencil and check for any areas that may need a touch-up.

6. Bring your tote everywhere you shop and let the compliments roll in!

Supplies

Martha Stewart Gold Metallic Paint  // Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncer  // Tote Bags  //  Silhouette Cameo

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