And, so it begins… the time of year when house guests are abundant. Is it holiday cheer that brings them to South Florida or do they just want to escape the cold weather in their corner of the world? Either way, I love when family and friends visit and I am happy to have them in my home.
While they are here, I try to make them feel special. Whether it’s a special meal or an outing specific to their interests, I want them to enjoy their time away from home. And, while my home cannot compare to a luxury resort, I still want my guests to feel pampered. I like to make sure my guest room is stocked with some bottled water, some snacks, and some fancy toiletries. I typically throw these items in a basket and leave it on the chair in the guest room. This year, however, I decided to use my hybrid skills to spruce up their presentation.
A perk of my hubby’s traveling job is an abundance of travel sized yummy toiletries (which I save for my guest bathroom). I knew I wanted a little box with a little cut out window so we can see the pretty toiletries inside.
I also knew I wanted to make the box out of this Kraft cardstock I already had, but I didn’t want it plain. I love the look of newsprint, especially newsprint on Kraft paper; so again, I headed to The Digichick shop. What I found was the perfect solution… Basic Textures: Black and White paper set by 2 am Designs. It has a great newsprint paper (and my mind is already spinning on how I can use the map paper that’s also in this set… it’s yummy!).
The recycled peanut butter jar that I am using to put the snacks in has a yellow lid, so I knew I wanted to work yellow into my design. I wanted something antique-ish to go with the old newsprint. So once again… you guessed it…. I headed to The Digichick shop.
There, I found Etc. by Danyale’s Autumn Walk Kit. It has this golden flourish paper that fit exactly what my mind was picturing. The kit also has some beautiful Sunflower elements which reminded me of these ribbon sunflower bows I have in my stash. (Finding uses for already-in-my-stash goodies is always a plus!). Another plus, I can use Danyale’s Autumn Walk Kit to scrap my own autumn getaway in the Smokey Mountains… win… win!
Okay, with my design in my head, I’m ready to get started. Here are the supplies I used:
- Basic Textures: Black and White paper set by 2 am Designs
- Autumn Walk Kit by Etc. by Danyale
- 2 sheets of kraft cardstock (I got mine from Oriental Trading Company)
- 1 sheet of matte photo/presentation paper, or printer paper (I used Epson’s Matte presentation paper)
- Photo editing software (I use Print Shop Elements 9)
- You could easily cut by hand, but I used a Silhouette Portrait die cutting machine
- 1/8” Hole punch
- Adhesive: I used a glue stick and double sided tape
- Twine or string (I used bakers twine)
- Large empty jar or canister style container (I used a recycled Peter Pan Peanut Butter jar)
- 2 bottles of water
- Gable Box Template Set and Cutting Files by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Let’s get started!
First, let’s open a blank 11 X 8.50 inch page in PSE and filled it with the newsprint paper from Basic Textures: Black and White paper set by 2 am Designs.
I am going to need 2 sheets of the printed Kraft card stock, so I printed it twice; one for the box and one for the jar lid. Look how nice the newsprint looks printed on card stock.
Next, in my Silhouette software, I opened the .dxf file in the gable box template. I changed my page orientation to landscape and stretched the template as far as I could without going over the red lines in the Silhouette 11 X 8.50 inch grid. I then added a cutout window. (You could also use a punch to create your window. Or, if you plan to cut this out by entirely by hand, you may want to skip the cutout window and just place a decorative element in its place.)
I’ll be tying tags to the water bottles and the snack jar and the cutout I made for the box is the perfect size and shape. So I copied and duplicated it four times onto a new page. I then drew a circle to fit as a lid insert for the snack jar.
I’m now ready to cut everything out of the newsprint Kraft card stock.
After removing the box from by cutting mat, I bend and score it at each scored line. Next, using double sided tape, I attach the side flap to the inside back of the box and continue to complete the box assembly.
Now, let’s concentrate on the snack jar, bottle bands and tags. After opening a blank 11 X 8.50 inch page in PSE, I created 2 water bottle bands (mine were 1.50 inches tall, but every brand is different so be sure to measure first). I also created a thinner band (.75 inch) to go around the bottom of the toiletries box. I then clipped the golden flourish paper from Etc. by Danyale’s Autumn Walk Kit. I finished off the bands with an oval of welcoming sentiments.
Remember, those tags we cut out of the newsprint card stock? Well, I want to spruce them up a bit by layering another tag on top of them. I decide on a water drop shape found in my PSE software because it goes well with the H2O theme. (Doesn’t exactly go with the snack theme, but it still looks cute.)
After I print and cut out my bands and tags, I am ready to start the assembly process.
First, remove the existing band from the bottle. Wrap a new band around the bottle trimming any excess paper at the back… but, leave enough so it overlaps ½ – 1 inch. Secure with double-sided tape or glue stick. Do the same process with the box band, making sure to center the sentiment at the front of the box before you secure it. I only put tape on the ends of the band wrap. (You’re not attaching the band to the bottle itself; you are adhering one end of the band to the other end of the band, so that it is snug around the bottle.)
Next, attach the newsprint lid insert to the top of the lid. I used double-sided tape.
Now it’s time to assemble and tie on the tags. First, knot twine around the neck of the water bottle and trim the ends so they are about the length of the bottle. Next place the water drop sentiment tag on top of the newsprint tag and punch a hole through them both; towards the top. Then feed both ends of the twine up through the hole in the tags and slide the tags up to the top of the bottle. Tie into a bow (See pics).
TIP: To thread the twine through the tag holes easily, wrap a small piece of tape around the ends of your twine in a cone shape…this doesn’t have to be perfect. After you thread your tag, clip the taped end off your twine and tie it into a bow.
You can tie the snack jar tags on the same way. Or, you can do as I did, and attach the tags to an embellishment placed on top of the lid. Now if you want, you can add additional embellishments and … TADA…. you’re done.
I know my guests will feel extra special knowing these welcoming touches were hand crafted just for them. And the beauty of digital hybrid crafting… now that it’s all designed and saved on my hard-drive, I can easily make a fresh set each time new guests arrive.
If you create a guest set, I’d love to see it! Post the link to your set in the comment section below.
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