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We’re excited to name the winners in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

2011 voting results

1st place winnerChubby Cheek Photography

Entry 2

2nd place winnerJen Lynne Photography

Entry 7

3rd place winnerJennifer Stuart Photography

Entry 29

(There were two mail-in ballots. One for Chubby Cheek Photography and one for Persian Kitty Kat Photography.)

The award for “Most Original” goes to…Persian Kitty Kat Photography!

The “Fan Favorite” award was selected from the most pinned Paperie Boutique photos on Pinterest, and that contestant is…Chubby Cheek Photography!

Our remaining finalists will receive a $25 Sassy Designs Inc. gift certificate and a $25 Bad Sass Backdrops gift certificate.

Thanks to everyone who entered, everyone who voted, all of our wonderful vendors who donated prizes, our judging panel, and CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners this year!

I will be sending out prize notifications later this week as I get each prize set organized. Please be patient with me! (I have a big meeting coming up later this morning, and a column deadline this week – I’m juggling everything as best / as quickly as I can.) So if you’re listed as a winner above, watch your e-mail over the next couple of days!

This year’s contest was amazing – thanks again for making it possible!
Robyn & Todd

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Jan201204

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button déjà vu all over again

We’re ready to reopen the vote in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here. Please see Facebook for updates on why the voting was temporarily suspended yesterday.)

Especially today, one more round of applause / show of thanks for our judges:

• Alycia Alvarez – Alycia Alvarez Photography
• Beth Forester – Beth Forester Photography / photoDUDS
• Marsha Mifsud – The Savvy Photographer
• Heather Lickliter – Stylized Portraiture / Fairyography
• Lisa Hoang – Windwardskies Photography / Simply Baby
• Marie Cox – Phreckles Photography

Without further adieu, I bring you the – new – six Wrap Battle finalists (all listed in order of submission with photos linked to their original entry)…


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Entry #2 by Shalonda Chaddock of Chubby Cheek Photography:

Entry 2
Entry link: http://paperieboutique.com/2011/12/09/wrap_it_up/

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Entry #7 by Jen Lynne Photography:

Entry 7
Entry link: http://paperieboutique.com/2011/12/17/senior_portraits_101/

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Entry #21 by Keki Photography:

Entry 21
Entry link: http://paperieboutique.com/2011/12/29/show_off/

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Entry #28 by Persian Kitty Kat Photography:

Entry 28
Entry link: http://paperieboutique.com/2012/01/01/wrap_battle_entries_closed/

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Entry #29 by Jennifer Stuart Photography:

Entry 29
Entry link: http://paperieboutique.com/2012/01/01/wrap_battle_entries_closed/

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Entry #30 by Tamara Elise Photography:

Entry 30
Entry link: http://paperieboutique.com/2012/01/01/wrap_battle_entries_closed/

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And now for the fun part – the VOTING! Just one vote per person, total. Please no cheating (the votes will be closely monitored) – let’s keep this fair and square, ok? Voting is now extended through 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, January 9, 2012.

As you go through the finalists remember to look at the packaging and not just the “pretty pictures” (i.e. product staging). As this is not a photo contest, try to keep in mind what will actually be received by the client… The goal: best packaging!

2011 voting results

UPDATE: Voting is closed – winners announced here!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and good luck to the six finalists!

Thank you for your patience & understanding –
Robyn & Todd

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Jan201203

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Even if you don’t live in Iowa, never fear – today you can vote for something that really counts! We’re ready to rock the vote for the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

I am so glad I had a judging panel to select the six finalists this year. I’m not sure I could have done it myself, and as things were, the voting was extremely close! One more round of applause / show of thanks for the following judges:

• Alycia Alvarez – Alycia Alvarez Photography
• Beth Forester – Beth Forester Photography / photoDUDS
• Marsha Mifsud – The Savvy Photographer
• Heather Lickliter – Stylized Portraiture / Fairyography
• Lisa Hoang – Windwardskies Photography / Simply Baby
• Marie Cox – Phreckles Photography

Without further adieu, I bring you the six Wrap Battle finalists (all listed in order of submission with photos linked to their original entry)…

As you go through the finalists remember to look at the packaging and not just the “pretty pictures” (i.e. product staging). As this is not a photo contest, try to keep in mind what will actually be received by the client… The goal: best packaging!

wrap battle finalists

UPDATE: The voting has been reinstated. Please see this post to vote (or vote again if you originally voted on Tuesday)!

Robyn & Todd

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Jan201201

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These are the last four entries in the 2011 “Wrap Battle” packaging contest!

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Submissions closed late last night for the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

The prize package for our 1st place winner is worth OVER $2000 – and we have well OVER $4500 in prizes donated total!

This year judges will select the top half-dozen from the submitted entries, and then this week (January 3rd – 8th, 2012) winners will be selected from the remaining finalists by public vote. This year’s judges include:

• Alycia Alvarez – Alycia Alvarez Photography
• Beth Forester – Beth Forester Photography / photoDUDS
• Marsha Mifsud – The Savvy Photographer
• Heather Lickliter – Stylized Portraiture / Fairyography
• Lisa Hoang – Windwardskies Photography / Simply Baby
• Marie Cox – Phreckles Photography


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Entry #27 is from Laura Winslow Photography – so bright and feminine!

Laura Winslow Photography Packaging
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version

Laura Winslow Photography Packaging
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Entry #28 is by Persian Kitty Kat Photography. Soft, pretty and eco-friendly!

Persian Kitty Kat Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


I sell a full list of packaging details via my blog – the blog post has more (larger) photos of our new everyday eco-friendly packaging.

Vendors used:
Michael’s
Amazon
Kraft and Jute

Persian Kitty Kat Photography
Persian Kitty Kat Photography
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Entry #29 is from Jennifer Stuart Photography. Love the bold color punches combined with the pale chartreuse!

Jennifer Stuart

I have been researching for over a year to find the perfect solutions for product presentation. Most of the time I have to ship items to clients, so I wanted them to feel like they were opening something very special. Everything is wrapped in crisp white tissue, boxes are finished with a satin bow and EVERY package includes handwritten note for a personal touch. It was very important to me that the look and colors were consistent throughout.

My branding uses chartreuse green, black, white, gray, and a little orange, so for my holiday packaging I just switched out the orange for a cheerful red. I wanted to keep the sleek, clean, modern look that my packaging usually has, but jazzed is up a little with extra details for fun. I also included a metal Christmas ornament from Black River Imaging as a gift for each client. The photos below also show a couple of the cards I’ve created which are sent throughout the year.


Jennifer Stuart
Jennifer Stuart
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Entry #30 is from Tamara Elise Photography – such a dreamlike quality to it.

Tamara Elise Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version

This is my wedding packaging. My photography style is light, elegant, and natural, so I tried to incorporate that into my packaging. I searched and searched for a long time for exactly what I had pictured in my mind. Many of the items, I simply made myself.

Vendors used:
• Light blue wedding DVD case – Loktah
• DVD case for the engagements and bridals – Northwest
   Professional Color Lab
(The inside of these are not fully
   pictured, but they include a dvd holder on their tri-fold and
   bi-fold cards, which I customize with images for the bride
   and groom. Love these!)
• Cream box – I couldn’t find the exact size and natural feel
   that I was looking for, so I made them myself with thick
   cardstock from Hobby Lobby.
• Little flowers, ribbon, and Kraft bag – Hobby Lobby
• Tissue paper – Target
• Supplies for handwritten thank you card – Wal Mart
• Cloth – local quilting and fabric stores
• Logo – printed on cream colored cardstock


Tamara Elise Photography
Tamara Elise Photography
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And that’s the way it was… Thirty entries total in the 2011 “Wrap Battle”!

We have been nothing short of blown away by the 2011 entries! So much inspiration (and so many ideas to file back for our own packaging)!

Thanks to each and every contestant who took the time to share their photos, their tips, and their vendors with the rest of the class. Thanks to each of our sponsors and prize donors for their promotion and gifts for the winners. And thanks in advance to each of our Paperie readers for voting and selecting the winners later this week.

Watch this space for details. As soon as the judging panel (linked above) selects the finalists, the voting will commence right here on Paperie and run through 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 8th.

Happy New Year!
-Robyn & Todd

P.S. If you just didn’t get enough “pretty“, make sure you check out our packaging contest entries from last year!

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Dec201130

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There are just a few hours left in the HUGE Fit to Print “Buy the Store” sale on Paperie – just $5 (yep, five bucks) gets you EVERYTHING Fit to Print sells – plus other templates exclusive only to Paperie.

fit to print buy the store sale

The only place to get this deal is right here on Paperie Boutique. Just look for the “Buy Now” button in this post to get the $5 deal!

This great bargain ends late tonight – Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST – after midnight the deal turns into a pumpkin and won’t be seen until late 2012! So grab it NOW while you can and get a jump on the New Year with your business!


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Just over 24 hours left for submissions to the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

The prize package for our 1st place winner is now worth OVER $2000 – and we have well OVER $4500 in prizes donated total!

This year judges will select the top half-dozen from the submitted entries, and then next week (January 3rd – 8th, 2012) winners will be selected from the remaining finalists by public vote. This year’s judges include:

• Alycia Alvarez – Alycia Alvarez Photography
• Beth Forester – Beth Forester Photography / photoDUDS
• Marsha Mifsud – The Savvy Photographer
• Heather Lickliter – Stylized Portraiture / Fairyography
• Lisa Hoang – Windwardskies Photography / Simply Baby
• Marie Cox – Phreckles Photography

Don’t miss your chance to win – ENTER HERE NOW!

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Entry #24 is from Little Bubbles Photography – love the embossing!

LBFBC
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


I have been working on the perfect packaging for awhile and finally decided I wanted to keep things as local as possible. My packaging includes Kraft paper boxes and bags, turquoise & white ribbon and custom button. I also incorporate my custom rubber stamps and embossed them on my packaging.

I decided to create a small spinoff when it came to my holiday packaging but also wanted something simple that everyone could enjoy. So I added 2 simple white snowflake ornaments & silver tissue paper. Nothing better then snow for the holiday!

Vendors used:
• Embossing by Tatiana Fowler – Martha Stewart heat tool & powder
• Ribbons & button – Michael’s Craft Store
• Frame – Jasper Lilly
• Thank you cards- WHCC
• Custom logo stamp – My Rubber Stamp
• Kraft bags – Michael’s Craft Store
• Tissue paper – Target
• Snowflakes – Target
• Boxes & Bella Terrra Ribbon – HB Photo Packaging
• Stickers / tags – WHCC

LBFBC
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Entry #25 is from M.A. Photography. Such a pretty, yet bold, statement!

MA Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


MA Photography
MA Photography
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Entry #26 is from Lindsey Clare Photography – not a single detail missed!

Lindsey Clare Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


Vendors used:
• Kraft folder – HB Photo Packaging
• Bella Terra Ribbon – HB Photo Packaging
• Kraft bags – Hobby Lobby
• Raffia and blue ribbon – Hobby Lobby
• Water bottle label – OnlineLabels.com
• Stickers, thank you card, and REP cards – WHCC
• Tin CD/DVD case – American Digital
• Tin wallet case – McKenna Pro
• DVD – MPixPro

Lindsey Clare Photography


For information on how to enter your own packaging photos, this Paperie post will walk you through it!


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Have a wonderful New Year’s weekend everyone!

Check back soon for our final Wrap Battle entries…
Robyn & Todd
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Dec201129

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wrap battle

Time for three more entries in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames?!? (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

The prize package for our 1st place winner is now worth OVER $2000 – and we have well OVER $4500 in prizes donated total!


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We’ve reached Entry #21 from Keki Photography – love how festive it is!

Keki Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


The boxes and elastic bands are from HB Photo Packaging, the ribbons and other accepts are collected from a variety of sources. The base for every customers packaging is the same: red box with silver band…then each package is customized to match the client and season!

Keki Photography
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Entry #22 is from Hold ‘Em Photography. Such a unique, rich color combo!

Hold Em Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


We wanted our packaging to have a earthy and organic feel, but also wanted a bit of vintage and elegance as well. Paying attention to small details such as creating a custom stamped envelope for our ornate shape business cards lets our clients know from the beginning that their photography experience with us will be anything but ordinary. We are passionate about bringing our clients stories to life with wall displays in their homes and wanted that to start with packaging and marketing materials.

Vendors used:
• Brown boxes – DNL Photo Supply
• Kraft envelopes – Paper Presentation
• Bags and raffia – Beverly’s Crafts
• Ornate cards for brochures – CPQ
• Ornate business cards – Black River Imaging

We also change the photo on the business card with every 20 cards, so it is always a surprise for the client as to which card they will get in their envelope. Clients are delighted when they see one of their photos has made it to our cards, and are happy to pass them out to friends and family.


Hold Em Photography

Hold Em Photography
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Entry #23 is from Lynette Weber Photography – sure to brighten any day!

Lynette Weber
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version

I have changed my color scheme but I really loved this packaging!

Vendors used:
• Boxes – HB • Photo Packaging
• Tissue paper and raffia – Nashville Wraps
• Custom shape stickers – Black River Imaging
• Silver Bag – JoAnn Fabrics


Lynette Weber

Lynette Weber
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More entries still waiting in my inbox – so check back soon!

We’ll be accepting entries for the remainder of 2011 – the cut-off date / time to enter the “2011 Wrap Battle” is Saturday, December 31st, 2011 (11:59 p.m. EST).

For information on how to enter your own packaging photos, this Paperie post will walk you through it!

See ya’ real soon!
Robyn & Todd

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Dec201126

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It’s an after Christmas sale that everyone can afford! From today through Friday, December 30th, 2011 (11:59 p.m. EST) the ENTIRE Fit to Print store is on sale for just $5 – including templates available exclusively here at Paperie Boutique!

BONUS: The $5 special also includes FIVE never-released before storyboard template designs. Quotes cannot be changed (but layer can be hidden / replaced). The background layer color can be changed for each design. Three designs are 20×10″ full-storyboard designs, one is a 10×5″ mini-storyboard design, and one storyboard design makes a perfect “grandparent gift” to tuck in orders at 5×3.5″.

storyboard 20x10
storyboard 20x10
storyboard 20x10

click above images for larger versions – all three are 20×10″ designs

storyboard 10x5

click above image for larger version – it’s a 10×5″ mini storyboard design

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click above image for larger version – it’s a 5×3.5″ mini storyboard design

(Photos shown in samples above are for illustration purposes / not included.)

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The five storyboard templates alone are a great bargain at $5 – but you also get ALL the contents of the Fit to Print store and the following Paperie bonus items:

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PLUS – You’ll receive the contents of the ENTIRE Fit to Print store with your $5 purchase! The “Buy the Store” kit alone is $65.00!

Fit to Print buy the store

All orders are processed during U.S. Eastern time between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight. Each “buy the store” kit will be e-mailed to you (with download links) within 6-8 hours of ordering (usually MUCH sooner during normal business hours). If you have any questions, e-mail contact information is located here.

Technical support is limited to download issues and design files from “Fit to Print” only. I do not provide support for other vendors, products I do not sell, and resources linked in the “achieve this look” section of each download. Other vendors will need to be contacted directly to support their own products and / or answer any questions you may have before you make a purchase from them. Thank you for your understanding!

YOU CAN ONLY BUY IT FOR $5 HERE ON PAPERIE!
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Sorry – the $5 deal has expired! But you can still get it all for $65 at Fit to Print!


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Ready for more entries in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames?!? (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

The prize package for our 1st place winner is now worth OVER $2000 – and we have well OVER $4500 in prizes donated total!


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Entry #19 is from Aric Becker Photography – love those ornaments!

Angie Becker
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version

This a picture of our normal picture packaging. Clients really enjoy unwrapping every day of the year!

Angie Becker
This is the how we packaged the pewter ornaments that we bought from Kimbra Studios for our wedding clients for their first Christmas together. The boxes are from HB Photo Packaging, stamped with our logo and wrapped with wraphia from Michael’s Arts and Crafts.

Angie Becker
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Entry #20 is from Jacqueline Photography – awesome logo, Jackie!

Jacqueline Photography
Jacqueline Photography
Jacqueline Photography
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More entries are still in my inbox waiting to be processed so check back soon!

We’ll be accepting entries for the remainder of 2011 – the cut-off date / time to enter the “2011 Wrap Battle” is Saturday, December 31st, 2011 (11:59 p.m. EST).

For information on how to enter your own packaging photos, this Paperie post will walk you through it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday week!
Robyn & Todd

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Dec201124

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Merry Christmas (Eve) and Happy Hanukkah to all of our readers!

Do you still have a few last minute gifts to wrap and assemble? Check out our Pinterest board! I’ve been scouring the web now that I finally have that elusive thing called “free time” to find the best wrapping ideas and holiday-themed FREE printables (for you – and ME)!

There’s everything from FREE printable giftwrap, to DIY boxes, to embellishment ideas (including these awesome photo cookie-cutter frames and paper bows)!

wrappings

click each collage above and below to visit our Pinterest board

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And now we have four more entries in the entries in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here.)

The prize package for our 1st place winner is now worth OVER $2000 – and we have well OVER $4500 in prizes donated total!

Entry #15 by Jennifer Weinman Photography arrives just before Santa!

JWP Packaging
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I like to keep things as local as possible, so most of my materials I purchase in our small little town at the local Hallmark or Hardware store. (There are no Michael’s or Hobby Lobby stores within an hour!)

My holiday packaging is a spinoff of my regular packaging, which includes white, kraft paper, and twine. Typically I package my large canvases or framed prints in handmade muslin bags, but I decided to try tissue paper this year for Christmas. I also incorporate a stamped logo using a custom rubber stamp.

Vendors used:
•  Bags – Kraft bags (you can find similar ones at Nashville Wraps)
•  Tissue paper – Local Hallmark store
•  Twine – Local Ace Hardware store
•  Handmade Christmas light ornament – Made by a local artist
•  Bows and ribbon – Local Hallmark store
•  Frame ornament – Organic Bloom
•  Tags – Kraft Paper from Paper Presentation, cut using decorative
    scissors
•  Custom logo stamp – Rubberstamps.net


JWP Packaging
JWP Packaging
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Entry #16 is a festive creation by Captured Bliss Photography:

Captured Bliss Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


I use the boutique packaging from MPixPro and add some fancy touches – sparkly tissue inside and custom stickers – and always, ALWAYS pink and green touches on everything.

Captured Bliss Photography
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Entry #17 from DeShazo Photography has a beautiful, creative mix of laces, notions, and textures:

Megan DeShazo
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


I wanted to do something different with my packaging this Christmas season to let my clients feel loved and appreciated! Therefore, I gave my ‘everyday’ packaging a little bit of a different feel. I wanted the gifts to match my brand, and have a natural, hand-made feel to them with a touch of whimsy. Each client gift sent out this year has their own, unique touch – some wrapped with burlap, some with brown kraft paper and twine – some had flower while others had lace.

Vendors used:
•  Sage photo boxes – HB Poto Packaging
•  Brown kraft paper – Hobby Lobby
•  Ribbon and lace – Hobby Lobby
•  Hang tags – Hobby Lobby
•  Gift bag –Hobby Lobby
•  Burlap – Given to me by my friends at WiseAbe
•  Flowers – made with coffee filters dyed with tea bags


Megan DeShazo

Megan DeShazo
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Entry #18 from VLV Photography needs to be viewed large to appreciate – so click on the images!

VLV Photography
click each Wrap Battle entry photo for a larger pop-up version


Vendors used:
•  Brown bags, tissue paper, and candy bags – boxandwrap.com
•  Bag tags – Jessica of Starr Design
•  Boxes (with vanilla tissue) – HB Poto Packaging
•  Portfolio Cases (used for calendar gifts, smaller print orders and
    as envelopes) – Paper Presentation
•  Clear bags for prints – ClearBags.com (and also Rice Studio
    Supply
)
•  Jute cord and fabric strips – Jo-Ann’s or Wal-Mart (I use fabric
    with leaves on it that go with my brand, cut into thin strips and make
    the strips more “ragged” by pulling them through my hand)
•  Custom DVD – MPixPro
•  DVD cases (not pictured) – ReBinder and custom DVD cases
    from MPixPro (with plans to use Kraft & Jute in the future)
•  Round stickers – Zazzle
•  Gift certificates – Printed from MPixPro / Miller’s
•  Business cards – Miller’s
•  Thank You Card – a package of 50 kraft cards from Hobby Lobby
    (stamp and ink also from Hobby Lobby)
•  Square sticker on the front of bags (not pictured) – MPixPro

VLV Photography

There are even more entries to post in my inbox. And as the holidays wind down, I expect even more- so stay tuned!

For information on how to enter your own packaging photos, this Paperie post will walk you through it!


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We have a couple of prizes to award from recent giveaways, so away we go! The winner of the “Senior Portraits 101 Guide“ is…Lynette Weber!

Senior Portraits 101 winner

And the winner of the $75 Design Aglow gift card is…Melanie Ashcraft!

Design Aglow winner

Congratulations to all of our winners, thanks to everyone who entered, and a huge thank you to Senior Portraits 101 and Design Aglow!

I’ll be contacting both winners with prize information this weekend, so check your inboxes!


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To close, I received the following from Kelli France and wanted to share it with all of you. Back in college, I worked in a group home with Down Syndrome adults – so this something very near and dear to my heart – not just at the holidays, but all the year through. Please take the time to read / spread the word!


Giving Back
from Kelli France / Chic Critique Forum

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s a time where we think beyond ourselves to serve others. Chic Critique Forum would like to donate $5000 to help this little girl with Down Syndrome get out of a neglected orphanage and adopted into a loving home but they can’t do it without you.

Meet Charity. Read her story.

charity


If you would like to give back this holiday season, HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: It will only take 5 minutes of your time but could change her life.

•  Join Chic Critique Forum with an annual membership and they’ll
   donate $19 towards her adoption grant

•  Share on Facebook and Twitter by saying: “Help this little girl with Down
   Syndrome get adopted and out of an orphanage
“: http://tinyurl.com/cz85bwz
•  Pin her picture on Pinterest with the text: “Help this little girl with Down
   Syndrome get adopted and out of an orphanage
“: http://tinyurl.com/cz85bwz
•  Copy and paste this blog post onto your own blog
•  Share her story with your friends & family via email
•  Donate directly to her grant

$39 for an annual forum membership is really not that much when you consider how much you will be helping sweet, little Charity. It’s the same price of an action set, card templates, a dinner for 2, a set of Legos, a belt at Anthropologie…but this $39 will make ALL the difference for her. Please help them to help her!


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Thanks to everyone for reading / supporting Paperie in 2011!

Have a magical holiday season—
-Robyn & Todd

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Time for three more entries in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)

This year is shaping up to be simply AMAZING—be prepared to be blown away!


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Entry #12 by Lynn Fletcher Weddings Inc. is not just a treat for the eyes – it really is a treat!

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I am super excited to show you the packaging that we have created using HB Photo Packaging products! We are a wedding planning company and give these packaged gifts to clients as a thank-you. We ordered HB‘s beautiful black boxes and had our logo imprinted on them in silver. Then they are filled with a special one of a kind treat-bag with black, silver and pink custom monogrammed M&M’s with our company logo. In addition, a tiny portfolio book of wedding photos adorned with a pink rhinestone is nestled inside. The outer box is embellished with a pink satin ribbon bow to complete the look!” [photos by “Orangegirl Photographs“]

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Our lucky Entry #13 by Denise Gammell Photography is adorably festive!

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My stickers and gift certificates are in the new Luxe shape, which has become just as much a part of my brand as my signature green. All of my boxes, cases, and bags are from HB Photo Packaging, they have the best service and selection. I picked up the jingle bells at Target as a festive addition for all of my holiday orders.

Denise Gammell Photography
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And Entry #14 is from Vintage Bloom Photography reminds me of a beautiful lemon meringue.

Vintage Bloom Photography
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I just started to really package things pretty this year! The ribbon, tags, and stamping are all from Hobby Lobby. I tied 2-3 mini snowflakes on each ribbon and those I got from Michael’s. The photo boxes are from Wildcat Photo Packaging (in Sunflower). Those are more everyday boxes. I wanted to use them in the winter to add a holiday twist. For the clients of mine who don’t celebrate Christmas, I also have a stamp that says ‘Happy Holidays’. The Kraft CD holder is from ReBinder. I would love to win this contest! I love getting creative!

Vintage Bloom Photography
Vintage Bloom Photography
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Thanks each of the above 2011 Wrap Battle entries – fantastic work everyone!

There are still more entries to post in my inbox – and more are sure to follow as holiday orders wind down – so stay tuned!

For information on how to enter your own packaging photos, this Paperie post will walk you through it!

The prize package for our 1st place winner is now worth OVER $2000 – and we have well OVER $4500 in prizes donated total!


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Don’t forget we have two giveaways going on right now as well. One is a $75 gift certificate to Design Aglow, and the other is a copy of the “Senior Portraits 101 Guide” ($250 value)!

Can you believe Christmas is just FOUR DAYS away?!?
Merry Happy!
Robyn & Todd

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It’s yet another giveaway within a contest here at Paperie! Design Aglow is back with a gift card for one lucky Paperie reader, and their vendor / guest post features the new Style Guides by Design Aglow. Read ’til the end for more!


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But first-up we have more entries in the 2011 Wrap Battle from Paperie Boutique and HB Photo Packaging—sponsored by Artsy Couture, Bad Sass Backdrops, CPQ Professional Imaging & Hardwood Frames! (Official rules are here, and a list of this year’s prizes is located here.)


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Entry #8 is a happy color-mix by Flourishing Photography:

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These are my main colors that I mix and match.

flourishing photography

flourishing photography
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Entry #9 by Blue Sugar Photography is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Blue Sugar Photography
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This is my 2011 Holiday Session packaging, it’s a spinoff of my everyday packaging with a splash of red and green thrown in! With each session, the client received a CD of all their images, an 8×10 canvas and 50 custom Christmas cards.

Vendors used:
• White Kraft paper, ribbons, candy canes, bells & pine cones
  from Michael’s
• Custom printed CDs from Miller’s
• Logo sticker from WHCC
• Bag, Tissue papers and Snowflake from Target
• Bag tag from Moo


Blue Sugar Photography

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Entry #10 is lime sherbet dessert from Just Molly Photography:
Just Molly Photography
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I don’t currently offer holiday wrapping, so here’s my “regular” stuff!

Just Molly Photography
Just Molly Photography
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Entry #11 is from PhotoBella Photography – I love seeing all the different packaging with aqua boxes this year!
PhotoBella Photography
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I wanted my packaging to reflect how much I love my clients, and I wanted them to feel special when they get their order. So I wrap everything with a cute bow in coordinating colors and then I put it in a stamped canvas tote.

I like the idea that there is little waste and the tote can be reused. I also love little unexpected tokens of appreciation, so for the holidays I tie a small photo ornament with 1.5″x1.5″ print to the tote.

Vendors used:
• Canvas tote bags – Hobby Lobby
• Photo boxes – HB Photo Packaging
• Custom rubber stamps (stamped logo on bag & boxes) –
  Simon’s Stamps
• Ribbon – Hobby Lobby
• Small photo ornament – Hobby Lobby


PhotoBella Photography

Photo Bella Photography
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Thanks so much to this latest round of 2011 Wrap Battle entries – they are all amazing!

There are still more entries to post in my inbox – and more are sure to follow as holiday orders are packed up – so stay tuned!

For information on how to enter your own packaging photos, this entry will walk you through it!


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DA Style Guide

Style Guides
by Design Aglow

What to Wear: for Families, Seniors, and Engagements

Straight from the hottest names in photography, Design Aglow‘s new style guide for shooting clients is the perfect way to keep fashion flubs at bay for your clients’ most important sessions and show off your photography in the most beautiful way possible…with style.

DA Style Guide

DA Style Guide

Present this gorgeous style guide to clients and expect picture-perfect wardrobes with less worry and time spent. Use as simple flat cards, a spiral bound mini guide, or online as a paperless pdf or email.

This savvy service shows clients you’re in-the-know with fashion, lending every client to a unique, full service boutique session. Bonus items include: a printable tip sheet for photographers from the top names in photography and a client dress for success guide.

DA Style Guide

DA Style Guide

Expand your studio catalog seamlessly with the Family, Engagement and Seniors Collections.

With tips from the hottest professional photographers including:
Jinky Art Studio
Jessica Claire Photography
Untamed Heart Photography
Holli True Photography
Amanda Holloway Photography
Crave Photography
Jessica Feely Photography
Spanki Mills Photography
Pastel Photography
Jean Smith Photography
Photography by Meg
Whitebox Photography

Introductory pricing is on today….SAVE $15 per Guide!

You can read more details at the Design Aglow Blog.


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And now one lucky Paperie reader can win a $75 gift card Design Aglow!

View Paperie Boutique official rules for contests and giveaways here. Please note that Paperie Boutique events are open to U.S. residents age 18 and over only.

All you have to do is post in the comments here and let us know what your favorite Design Aglow product is! That’s all there is to it! The shop is all new…and amazing…you have to see it!

You can have an additional – optional – “bonus” entry if you “like” their Facebook fan page – just comment that you’ve done so, or that you’re already a fan.

Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want TWO chances to win, you have to do the TWO separate things listed above, and then make two separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment with where you’re from – or that you’ve liked Design Aglow on Facebook – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 22nd. You can enter up to TWO times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in separate comments to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to two times total – one entry each for all of the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have TWO chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Good luck to everyone who enters and thanks so much to Design Aglow for hosting so many great giveaways here at Paperie!


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Don’t forget we’re also giving away a “Senior Portraits 101 Guide” ($250 value) right now as well – you can enter to win it here!

(HO)³
Robyn & Todd

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