Monday, November 26, 2012

SMASH Book Birthday Gift

My sister's birthday was last week, and I thought it would be fun to get her a SMASH book and make some fun little goodies that are ready to use!  I pulled out three My Creative Time Dies:  Just Simply Live, Stitched Oval, and Vintage Stitched Label.  After cutting a ton of these shapes in colors that coordinate with the pages of her orange SMASH book, I stamped the sentiments from Just Simply Live on them.  I left some blank too, so that she can add her own captions.  Then I tucked them into a kraft envelope that I had lined using my Papertrey Ink A2 Envelope Liner Die.  I added a little velcro so that it can be open and closed multiple times.

I also pulled out my PTI Get to the Point dies and cut a ton of arrows using different scraps of patterned paper, again coordinating the colors.  I tucked them into a cute envelope made with the MCT Fancy Envelope Die, again adding some velcro.

Here's a look at the envelopes closed up.  I also got her some fun pockets, washi tape, and stickers.

I wrapped the book itself, but to package all of the accessories, I decorated a small kraft bag.  The "Happy Birthday" was cut with my Cricut using the Gypsy Wanderings digital cartridge.

And, of course, I just had to add a cute MCT tag!  I made this one using a stamp from Just For You and the Just Tag dies.

My sister was very excited about her gift, and hopefully having some pre-made accessories won't make the process seem too daunting!

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  1. What a cute idea, Katie!! Your sister is very fortunate! Also loved the bag. Very nice!!

    Grandma Nan

  2. Terrific project! Love the bag and the goodies. She will love your thoughtful gift!


  3. what a beautiful package. I'm sure your sister loved it! And what a wonderful gift idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Katie ~ OMG ~ what a SMASHINGLY wonderful idea!! I LOVE this to pieces!! I have to use this idea as a gift for some people!! Eeek!! Too CLEVER! Well then look at that bag it came in ~ WOW, WOW, WOW!! You seriously go out of your way with these AWESOME gift ideas and the delivery is FABULOU! My sister always says it the delivery too! Totally stealing this idea!!

  5. katie, this is the perfect gift! she is going to love it!!!! you're way too creative!!!

  6. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I just love all of the fun details you added. She will love it.

  7. Smashing idea for a Birthday gift :D Very clever envelopes for the shapes you added. Love it.
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