In today's project, we're shoving aside traditional wrapping paper and making our gifts festive using 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper. And, we're taking cues from these fun designs to create unique gift toppers, tags, embellishments, and more! With so many fun scrapbook paper designs out there, I think we sometimes underestimate their worth as wrapping paper. So, I think it's time we take a second look!

This project works best for small gifts that can be fully wrapped with a 12 x 12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper. Make sure though that you're working with a lightweight paper, and nothing too heavy like medium-weight or card stock. I used the colourful graphic designs of The Paper Studio's "Treat Yourself" 12" x 12" paper pad.


Use a balloon punch, like this one from EK Tools, to copy the images in the paper. Mix textures when creating layers for a little extra fun. Once you're done, tie a bow at the bottom of each balloon with baker's twine.

Heart: Use a heart punch that's smaller than the balloon punch to make the shape, and simply glue the heart in the centre with a glue stick.

Colour block: Punch out two balloons, but take one for the top layer and cut it straight across. Glue it to the top of another.