Pleated Pocket Gift Wrapping

How do you include a card or letter with your gift wrapped package? Many of my individual clients provide envelopes with message cards inside to go along with their gifts. These envelopes are often fairly large sizes like 4″x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ and many times would cover the design work on the front…

Gift Wrapping Culture in Japan

In Japan where I grew up, the act of gift wrapping came from “Omoiyari” – having compassion, being considerate or caring of others. It is sometimes more important to consider the purpose behind the wrapping, the “Who” and “Why” you are wrapping a gift, not just to hide the contents. The actual gift wrapping itself…

Video Tutorial: Japanese Pleats Envelope Gift Wrapping

You don’t need to prepare a box or ribbon for this gift wrapping – my new video tutorial shows how to create a beautifully styled package using only paper. This DIY envelope gift wrapping is perfect for flat items and gifts without a box. With just a few simple steps, you can create an elegant…

Video Tutorial: How to Wrap Oddly Shaped Gifts

How do you wrap an oddly shaped gift? Do you put it in a box then gift wrap? Or place it in a store bought gift bag? Or just forget about wrapping and give it as is? Sometimes, designing a package that intentionally shows the gift can be playful and more interesting. Many of the Japanese traditional…