My sister got engaged this past weekend and we’re very excited for her and her fiancee. And that rock of hers? Swoon. I gave them a ring dish as an engagement present and wrapped it up in one sheet of tissue paper. I say this all the time and I don’t always abide by it, but gift wrapping doesn’t always have to be crazy in order to be beautiful. Sometimes, all you need is a pretty piece of tissue paper, some washi tape to seal it up, a yard of twine, and a fun tag. It’s affordable, it’s quick, and if you’re careful enough not to wrinkle the tissue too much, you can get a winner of a wrapped gift.

gift wrap with simple tissue via anastasia marie

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of my gift wrapping idea posts. Once again, it’s not one of my own ideas, but I just had to share a concept that’s pretty much my life right now. With all the frenzy going on as we are just 3.5 weeks away from our baby’s due date, daily things have been getting simplified left and right in order to make room for all the baby things that still need to get done. Wrapping up gifts is certainly on that list. So if you find yourself short on time, an easy way to wrap up a gift really nice is to just add a fun tag. Keep the wrapping paper simple — keep the bow simple — but go crazy with the tag by making it a bold color, using a fun material like fabric or wood, adding a handmade touch by hand-lettering something, or use your favorite stamp. The possibilities are endless and the result is always perfect.

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hand-lettered tag  |  bright colored tag  |  stamped tag  |  fun material tag

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Just recently arrived, these new items (and more) will help your packaging look ever cuter. From resealable cello bags for your handmade cards, new colors of glitter velvet ribbon for your wrapped packages, new washi tape designs to keep things sealed, metallic gold and silver baker’s twine for glam touches, mini glass jars to store your mini craft items, and more. Head on over to the Shop to see what else is new!

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Little Details Magazine is a newly launched lifestyle magazine that celebrates the little everyday details of life that we often pass by without noticing. I got to be a part of the premier issue (it’s all about hosting, both from the viewpoint of a host and of a guest) both as a creative director and as a contributor. We tried something big from the very start — to turn this magazine into not just a digital one, but into a print one. We ran into many hiccups that we didn’t foresee, but in the end, I was thrilled to be able to hold printed copies in my hands and mail them out to folks who kindly purchased one.

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I’ll be taking an indefinite break for now from being the mag’s creative director because of our little babe that’s due in just 4.5 weeks — just to get the hang of all the newness of our expanding family and hopefully I’ll back soon. The second issue is already underway, so go ahead and follow the Little Details blog and its social media for news and updates.

As for the other contribution I made, I got to do a packaging spread where I shared ideas on how to package up gifts for your host, whether it be a box of chocolates or a basket full of goodness. I put up a few photos above taken by Angela Shae, some that made it into the final product and some that didn’t, just to give you a taste — but you’ll have to purchase the magazine either in digital form or in print form to see the full spread. And yes, that’s the cover pictured below via my Instagram. Isn’t it fabulous?

Can’t wait to see where this magazine takes us! PS: Now until March 14th, there’s a chance you and two of your friends could win your very own copies of the magazine. Just head on over to the Little Details Instagram to find out how!

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metallic valentine gift wrap #anastasiamariecards

This week’s Valentine’s gift wrap idea is about mixing metals. Inspired by this week’s inspiration palette, I’ve grouped gold and silver together to form a re-veamp of one of my past gift wrap ideas, this one with a Valentine’s twist.

1    Wrap your gift in metallic gold/silver speckled paper.

2   Tie some glitter string around the package.

3   Stick a foil heart sticker on a glitter tag and secure onto the wrapped gift with a glitter clothespin.

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