New Video Inspired by “Wrapping with Fabric” by Etsuko Yamada

Do you want to know how to wrap flowers, wine bottles and yoga mats with a simple piece of fabric in an unique and artistic way? How about making a fashionable handbag or backpack in a minute using a piece of square fabric or scarf?

Etsuko Yamada’s “Wrapping with Fabric” will amaze you with what you can do with simple square of cloth.

With beautiful patterns and colors of fabric, each project is shown with easy-to-follow photo instructions and completed designs in full color. This visually enticing book offers more than 50 projects including gift wrapping, interior decor and fashion.

The book also explains the cultural significance of this style of gift wrapping with fabric and its history going back more than 1200 years. Today, wrapping with fabric, known as furoshiki, has gained popularity for its eco-friendly and fashionable aspects.

This is not just a gift wrapping book but a creative, functional and eco-friendly way to incorporate furoshiki into your life style.

How about learning this eco-chic way to wrap gifts for the new year?

Her book can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/Wrapping-Fabric-Complete-Furoshiki-The-Japanese/dp/4805313145

Eco-Chic Gift Wrapping Inspired by “Wrapping with Fabric” by Etsuko Yamada

Holiday Gift Wrapping Tips and Personalized Gift Wrapping Papers!

Many of you may have already started thinking about holiday gifts if you’re not already shopping. As a gift wrapping designer, I want to share some tips to help gift wrapping be more fun, not just chore.

My latest video shows how to gift wrap various items including a shallow box, a deep box and a flat item professionally, adjusting the paper design to the box you are gift wrapping.

The papers used in this video were custom designed using Zazzle website. Zazzle is a marketplace where you can custom design nearly anything including photo bracelets, scarves, clutches, iPhone cases and more!

May your holiday season be filled with a lot of joy and happiness!

Personalized Photo Papers @ Zazzle.com

Zazzle Customized Gift Wrapping Papers

Completed Packages (3 different shapes)

Completed Gift Wrapping Packages

Wedding Gift Wrapping Tutorial: Japanese Pleats Design

Have you ever wanted to create a memorable gift wrapping for someone’s special day?

From my experience as a gift wrapping designer, weddings are one of the most popular occasions people wanted to have extraordinarily gift wrapped presentations.

In this video tutorial, I used a symmetrical pleating design which gives an aura of an authentic and elegant wedding style. The decorative paper I used is called “Ribbon & Leaves”, purchased from www.papermojo.com. The image is printed on unryu-shi, a thin mulberry paper that is ideal for creating artistic designs. I accessorized the package with double bows using sheer ribbons, purchased from BB Crafts.com. Sheer ribbons have a soft and romantic feel, perfect for weddings.

Here is the video, hope you enjoy!

 

Japanese Pleats Gift Wrapping ~Basic Pleating Design~

Japanese Pleating design is one of the great ways to create a memorable presentation for your gift wrapping.

Traditionally, odd number pleats are used for happy occasions while even numbers represent sad occasions like funerals. Today, many designers improvise their own pleating styles to enhance the art of gift wrapping.

Pleating Styles

Linear pleating design is the very basic style. You can adjust the width and numbers of the pleats depending on the size of your package. Here is the tutorial video, enjoy!

Video Tutorials: Hawaiian Themed Gift Wrapping and Macadamia Nuts Chocolate Bark

I like macadamia nuts.

I was in an elementary school the first time I tried macadamia nuts. A family friend gave us a bag of it as a souvenir from her Hawaii trip. It tasted exotic and it was like experiencing a taste of Hawaii.

Recently, I learned that macadamia trees are not native to Hawaii but to Australia. Hawaii, however, has certainly flourished the macadamia nut industry and there are many farms to visit.

I visited Tropical Farms, one of the popular macadamia nut farms in Hawaii last summer. I was encouraged to try cracking open the shell using a rock. Unfortunately, my freshly cracked macadamia nut was taken by a chicken who was waiting for its chance to steal.

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Inspired by my own trip, I decided to create a Hawaiian themed video this time. This tutorial is for how to make macadamia nut chocolate bark and to gift wrap it with a Hawaiian theme. Mahalo for watching!

Origami Box Gift Wrapping Tutorial

Growing up in Japan, origami was often a part of school activities and the first memorable origami piece I created was a white lily, which I proudly presented to my mother.

Origami, “folding paper” in Japanese, started becoming popular after Buddhist monks brought the paper from China in the 6th century. The first period of Japanese origami was primarily used for religious ceremonies due to the high cost of handmade paper.

During the Heian period (794 – 1185), origami played a significant role in the lives of Japanese people. For example, origami butterflies were created to represent the bride and groom during shinto weddings and folded strips of paper (Noshi) were placed on gifts for good luck when samurai exchanged official greetings.

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Origami butterflies by spin jenny (flickr photo)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spinjenny/7435936200/

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Shinto wedding photo by Mark Brown
http://markb-photo.que.jp/pages/1015.html

Simple origami boxes were one of the first folding styles we learned during elementary school. We would put little gifts like candies & hair accessories in the boxes and give to our friends. It was during these childhood experiences, I think, that I realized how important the presentation is in gift giving and that it is a part of the gift.

So here is my new video, origami box gift wrapping. It’s perfect for any light-weight gift items like jewelry and other accessories.

To ladies and gentlemen who would like to wow a special someone, this can be an interesting gift wrapping idea for this Valentine’s Day!

Gift Wrapping Video: French Cancan Style Candy Wrap

In the art of gift wrapping, tissue paper often acts as a supporting actor although it’s perfectly capable of playing the main role. You might be surprised how versatile it is.

Tissue paper is a thin, semi-translucent paper made from wood or recycled pulp. It’s used in many craft projects, such as crinkling into shapes like flowers, creating party decorations and wrapping gifts. Jazz musician Red McKenzie in the early 1900s used tissue paper over a comb to produce an interesting sound.

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example of tissue paper flowers
by Martha Stewart Crafts

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example of tissue paper pom-poms
by SimplyNesting (Etsy)

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Red McKenzie playing a comb with tissue paper over

Tissue paper’s soft and gentle features are perfect for Valentine’s gift wrapping ideas. I used several sheets to create a fluffy and playful design. Here’s my video, “French Cancan Style – Candy Wrap”, featuring tissue paper. Hope you enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Video: “Kimono Style”

In Japan, traditionally women give gifts to men on Valentine’s Day, in return, men give gifts back to women on “White Day” one month later. Valentine’s Day has been growing popularity there. According to Toshihiro Nagahama, chief economist at Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo, Valentine’s Day related revenue will rise to a three-year high of about 40 billion yen ($485 million). Chocolate is the number one sale for Valentine’s day and during the month of February, the department stores are packed by women buying boxes of chocolates for their romantic interests, male co-workers and bosses.

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Valentine’s Day sale at a department store in Japan
Photo Credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
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What do you plan to do this Valentine’s day? Whether you give flowers or chocolate, it’s always nice to make an extra effort on gift wrapping. So here is one of my Valentine’s gift wrapping tutorial videos for boxed items…may this presentation help your Valentine’s Day be extra memorable…

How-to Craft Video: Japanese Style New Year’s Decoration

Growing up in Japan, my sister and I used to enjoy many craft activities during the New Year celebrations. We created calligraphy, handmade New Year’s cards and other craft decorations.

Here are a few examples of New Year’s crafts created by other designers…

handmade new year's card from: http://stampmaker.seesaa.net/category/6478761-1.html

handmade new year’s card from hankoya http://stampmaker.seesaa.net/category/6478761-1.html

はんこ屋さんの手作りカード

みんさんのお正月のドア飾り

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Making this video brought back childhood memories :)  Here is the video, enjoy!