The stylist’s guide to sending chic gifts — my interview in the Globe and Mail
Wanted to share some recent work that I did for a client. I wrapped this batch of gifts for Harry Rosen, which was sending them out to some of its clients.
The packaging is straightforward — paper and ribbon — but I'm really happy with the tailored simplicity of the combination. The paper is Harry Rosen's signature houndstooth pattern (I wish I could have some for myself!), and I paired it with chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon. A doubled half-bow adds interest. I think he gifts turned out really well!
The client thinks so too:
“Corinna’s work is incredible. Our order was very last minute and she was able to fill our request both professionally and in a timely manner. The process was seamless and easy, and her work was wonderful and creative!” — Natalie Skocaj, Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator, Harry Rosen
Save the date! On Nov. 3, 2016, this blog will be moving over to GiftHorseAndCo.com.
Update your feeds, bookmarks, blogrolls and whatever else it is you use to follow along.
You may recognize the Gift Horse + Co. name from my newsletter, as well as my brief foray into providing wrapping subscription boxes. I have big plans for building the Gift Horse + Co. brand, starting with merging it with my blog.
I'll be moving over all the best content from this site, and adding lots more inspiring DIY projects and how-to wrapping guides to the new site.
Thank you for reading and supporting me here — I hope you'll join me in my new home!
This is an outtake from an editorial job I did last year. I'm quite fond of it and am kinda bummed it didn't make the final cut, but that's the way styling goes — what works in concept or in your sketchbook doesn't always translate on camera or onto the magazine page.
Moms, though, they love you outtakes and all (#seewhatididthere?). So here's to all you moms out there; thank you for your unconditional love. I hope you have a fabulous mother's day — one that includes a moment of quiet with a glass of your favourite drink. Cheers
When I design custom gift packaging, I start with the company's branding — any gift they give, whether to a client, potential client, staff or vendor, has to reflect who they are, as well as surprise and delight the recipient. After all, corporate gift giving is about building relationships and making sure people remember you and your company.
When my friends at Tavanberg Communications, a content agency here in Toronto, asked me to wrap a couple of gifts for their clients, I knew immediately what colour palette and motif I wanted to use.
Their corporate colour is teal and they use peacock imagery on their website and throughout their promotional materials. Their slogan — Storytelling that gets you noticed — meant they needed packaging that was as captivating as the content they create for their clients.
For Tavanberg's gifts, I selected a matte teal paper and bold grosgrain ribbons, pairing them with peacock feathers. While the feathers are quite luxurious, I wanted to keep the paper and ribbons modern to match the Tavanberg brand. Now the company has a branded packaging look that's flexible enough to be used for all their corporate gift giving — and it's sure to get them noticed!
Giving client gifts of your own? Contact me to have branded gift packaging created for your business!
Whether you plan on collecting eggs or simply want a festive centerpiece for the table, this elegant basket makes a cheerful addition to Easter celebrations. A plain woven basket dressed up with bows and pussy willows, this simple DIY project uses few materials and takes less than 20 minutes to make. It’s a lovely way to bring spring indoors.
MATERIALS + TOOLS + 1 basket with a handle + 18 pussy willow branches + Ribbon + Floral wire + Hot glue
1. Create four bundles of pussy willows: two bunches of six branches each, and two of three branches. Use stems with more catkins for six-branch bundles; the stems in the three-branch bundles should have only a few catkins at the tips. Tie the stems together with floral wire, wrapping securely at the base of the catkins.
2. Using floral wire, attach one six-branch bundle diagonally across the side of the basket, with the buds reaching above the rim. First, wind the wire around the bundle, then thread the ends through the basket weave, tying off the wire on the inside of the basket. Trim the ends of the branches so they do not extend past the base of the basket. Repeat on the other side with the second six-stem bundle.
3. Using floral wire, attach the two short bunches atop the handle, cut ends toward the centre, with the tips reaching away from each other.
4. Make three bows from ribbon (I used 1½”-wide grosgrain). Thread floral wire through the back of two bows and attach one atop each of the pussy-willow bundles on the sides of the basket by threading the wire through the basket weave.
5. Hot glue a strip of ribbon around the top of the handle to hide the branch ends and floral wire. Hot glue the third bow atop this.
6. Fill the basket with wood-fibre grass or shred, and Easter eggs.
A few images I’ve double-tapped recently. (Click each one to view on Instagram.) And, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, and tag your photos #giftstylist. I’ll regram my favourites and post the best ones here on my blog.
When it comes to making your own wrapping paper, stamping is the obvious method of choice — it allows you to easily create a repeating pattern. But what if you could make the project even easier? How about no stamp at all?
With this DIY wrapping paper, you need only two things: plain paper and a few colored ink pads. I chose two blues and a white for a frosty ice-cube look. The paper should be something matte/uncoated so the ink won’t smudge off (I used a Japanese Sumi-e roll).
And then you just stamp the ink pads directly onto the paper for a graphic pattern of coloured blocks. Here I created patterns of angled bricks on one sheet and a straight grid for the second gift, but a herringbone tile pattern would also look amazing.
MATERIALS + TOOLS + Paper + Colored ink pads
1. Protect your work surface and lay your paper out flat. Place your first ink pad facedown on the paper, then press down. Different ink pads will require different amounts of pressure to get nice ink coverage. Test out each ink pad on scrap paper to get a sense of what works best.
2. Align your second ink pad, using the edges of the container base to get it approximately straight. I went for a rough approximation to emphasize the handmade look; draw pencil lines as guides if you want a more exact pattern.
3. Repeat, using your different ink pads. Go for a random pattern, as I did, or be more systematic by alternating colours.
4. Let dry, then use to wrap all your winter gifts.
3. DIY Stitched Gift Box. By Camilla Fabbri on Family Chic. I love the heart, but also love the idea of stitching any pattern onto a box top. Imagine XOX for Valentine's Day, or colourful circles for another occasion. And if you're super skilled at embroidery, you could make an amazing design.
5. Printable Valentine's Day wrapping paper. From For the Makers on The Source. Four cute patterns: tiny heart gift wrap, painted brick gift wrap, matchstick gift wrap (my fave) and sugarpie gift wrap.
Visit my Valentine's Gift Wrapping board on Pinterest for more ideas.
If I were to design wrapping paper (and maybe someday I will), it would probably look something like these stunning designs from Paragon Papers. Sure, these three patterns look nice enough on screen, but see them — touch them — in real life and you'd really appreciate just how gorgeous they are.
Created by the veteran designers of Paragon Design Group (they do web and print design, brand identity and more), these papers feature printing techniques that are usually reserved for expensive, glossy brochures and fancy programs and high-end print jobs like the stuff you'd, well, hire a design agency to create.
Above, the pattern on the left is called Galileo, and all those stars glow in the dark — how cool is that?! The middle one is called Gatsby and features a spot gloss art deco pattern. And the righthand one, called Indigo Hyde, looks like leather and has a satiny finish. If you totally geek out on printing process and paper details, read Paragon's blog post with all the details.
Find all three designs for sale ($12 US per package of 3) at ParagonPapers.com.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a New Year's resolution, but I've decided to spend more time on Instagram. (Is spending more time on social media a worthy resolution?) I'm falling out of love with Twitter, have never liked Facebook (sill love Pinterest, though!) and I feel like there are so many beautiful and inspiring photos to see on Instagram. So, in the first in what I hope to make a regular feature here on the Corinna Wraps blog, I'm sharing a few images I've double-tapped recently. (Click each one to view on Instagram.) And, don't forget to follow me on Instagram, and tag your photos #giftstylist. I'll regram my favourites and post the best ones here on my blog.
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