Category: Package Design

Handmade Christmas Gift Tags

I had so much fun designing this item! I really wanted all of the tags to be imaginative and joyful. I love when I get a project and I get to start from scratch. Books are fun wanted a bulk Christmas tag box for their winter display. Here’s what I did!

tagbox featuresI found an old red velvet book cover and used that for the base of the box, I Then designed and old “Candy” label that I had printed on heavy vintage paper and taped to the box to add some texture and depth. I initially wanted to do a ribbon box, the rivets on the opening of the box were meant to make it easy to pull ribbon through to wrap your gifts. The buyer REALLY wanted ribbon, but it was too expensive so he was going to scrap it. I really love the look of raffia and thought that I could make them look like they belonged with this set. Raffia is so much cheaper! I wrapped a few gifts using the raffia and magazine paper, sheet music and bakers wrap to show the buyer along with a few of the tags I had already designed at that point and he loved it.


I was so relieved that it didn’t get cancelled because I was having so much fun designing the tags, just the way I wanted them. I sketched out many different designs, some just didn’t look right so I didn’t include them, here are a few designs that I decided to scrap at the end.

extrasThis is the final set of tags I ended up with, some of them didn’t turn out exactly as I planned but I still think they look good. I had a blast making them.

pocket letter angel sugared pear lock ribbon tree snow globe snowflake santa kisses



Cancer Free Book Cover

I work for two book companies and I rarely design book covers though I enjoy doing them. Here is one I did recently.

The book is about natural healing written by very compassionate people. I wanted to convey as much emotion as I could into the cover, to pair a visual with the writer’s words.  For anyone who knows the horrors of chemotherapy this is a must-read. When my mother had cancer, the treatment she received to heal her was so devastating to her body and mind that though she survived, she is a shadow of the person she once was. You can look Bill up on Youtube and listen to his inspirational message and buy this book online.


Scratch and Sniff

Just like every other child of the 1980’s I loved to collect scratch & sniff stickers!  I haven’t seen much scratch n’ sniff things around lately so I decided to invent my own variety. I came up with a brand name that I think is pretty funny (it’s being copyrighted right now…by me) I’m going to do a three set of scratch and sniff board books. Here is a sneak peak of the idea and design.

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Photo Frame with HEART

I was given just a blank white photo frame and asked to do a simple advertising statement on the back for it because they needed the artwork sent to the manufacturer that day.  The box was going to be a glossy white and I knew that I could print on it anyway so I decided to see how far I could go with this. It looked time consuming because I had no copy written for me, the die-line was upside down and folded strangely, not to mention that I had to find a photo to go into every frame and I had very little stock photography of people.

I had read a quote that morning that really touched my heart and I knew I could do something sweet with this item.

love frame

Everything seemed to just come together so quickly mentally for this item, I knew what I wanted it to look like so it was just a matter of coming up with copy and arranging it to fit all of the spaces in the right direction.

frame back

I’m happy with how it came out for a smash job. The warm grey and bright yellow colors are inspired by my bedroom. I live in Colorado and adore aspen trees, so when I moved into my house the first thing I did was to paint my bedroom grey and paint aspen tree trunks all along the wall. I have lots of bright photos of aspens hanging up around but here is a small photo of my wall.

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