Gift Wrap with Magazines

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wrapping expert Christina Crawford demonstrates how to gift wrap with magazines.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: I am Christina Crawford and I am a Stampin Up! demonstrator and I am showing you how to wrap today and right now I am going to show you how you can wrap gifts with some things that you may have around your house, meaning magazines. They are coming in the mail a lot these days.

    And sometimes, if you have a nice small box and you want to wrap it with something fun, I know that the teenagers in my house have a good time looking through magazines, there are so many beautiful art work in here. There is so much fun, this is just a magazine here that came in the mail and I am going to go ahead and look around for a page, some of that might be a little too scary to wrap the present in. Also depends upon who you are giving the gift to. Here's some pretty pages with lot of fun colors and so sometimes if it's in the middle of the page, of the catalogue, you could just pop it right out of the staples, but this one just so happens to need to be torn out.

    So I will take that magazine and I will just put it away and I am going to use this piece of paper right here. Using some sharp wrapping scissors, I cut off a little bit of that edge, because even if I am such a good wrapper, you might see some of that torn and it just throws that whole look off.

    Put the pretty side, the side that you want to use down and take your box and put it right on top and now you can go ahead and measure to make sure that that is going to cover the box completely and if it doesn't, guess what there is going to be pretty ribbons. So this is a good segment for me to show you what to do if the wrapping paper is too small.

    A lot of times, if you are using a big box, you will end up with a little bit of box showing on the end. With the magazine you know what, it is not wrapping paper, we are improvising, we are doing something creative and so it might be a little bit thicker, so let's just tape that down to the box first so it doesn't go anywhere.

    This way you can pull it as tight as you can, tight as possible, lift it up and fold it over and do you see how that's about an eighth of the inch, too small, don't even worry about it, because this is still fun, especially if your are giving a gift that has something to do with the paper, this is some pretty lotions and some pretty smelling things. Sometimes it's a little bit big on the side so you can just take your scissors, pop that right in there and trim some of that paper off. If you have sharp scissors, this should be no problem at all. And again it's not wrapping paper so you want to be a little careful that it doesn't tear. But what a great way of recycling, you could read this magazine and throw it in the garbage or throw it in recycle or reuse it and how fun it is to reuse it.

    Next, you want to get a piece of tape ready, just keep the piece of tape ready on your hand and then you are going to fold in the ends and the box should not be going anywhere remember because it's taped to the magazine. Lift up the ends on the back and start doing your folding, you want to just fold that in a tad there and by tad, I mean a half inch and put your piece of tape right there. That's not going anywhere and then the last side, you are going to do the same thing, give it some nice crisped corners. Fold it down; take a little bit of the end here. Just a little bit and it will meet, and you don't see any box and it's just really fun. This could be really wincey, if you have a lot of different magazines and a lot of different boxes and you put them all together. It looks like really nice collage. Next, I am going to be very generous with some ribbon here. You want to use about five times the size of the box and you can start by taking the ribbon and wrapping it around the top, flip the box over, the present over and get really tight there with that at the bottom. Can you see that when I flip it over? You can't see that little empty space that I had that the box that wasn't covering the box and next, pull that tight. You might want to do a knot first, because then after you do the knot, you can let with it and then do your bow. A lot of times people like, I need somebody's finger, help me to put down that bow, just tighten the knot, it's not going to go anywhere and this is organdy ribbon so it has a great play to it. Trim off a little bit at the ends that you don't need and here is how you can use a magazine to wrap a small gift, adding a little bit of fun ribbon to it and being very resourceful with the things that you have at home and now I am going to use some more things that you can do with the things that you might have around the house to wrap some pretty presents.