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Make Your Own Graduation Announcements

DIY Graduation Announcements for 2016

You did it! Graduation marks the end of one chapter, and the start of another. Congrats on your accomplishments — now, let’s celebrate! StudioStyle.com has custom designs for you to create the perfect graduation announcements and grad party invites. The grad cards and and photo holders below can be customized for ALL types of graduations, from kindergarten, Montessori, junior high and middle school, to high school, community college, state university, nursing school, and graduate school.

Printed Graduation Announcements

From modern to classic, we have graduation party invite designs to suit every grad’s taste. To create your graduation photo announcement or party invite, just add your personalized info, and upload your favorite senior picture to one of our templates. Or, you can customize your own graduation announcement from scratch! Available in the most popular school colors, these 5″ x 7″ graduation cards are printed on lightweight, smooth finish card stock paper that is thicker and more durable than traditional photo paper, making them perfect for mailing. Standard white envelopes are included. Design your custom graduation announcements here!

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Graduation Announcement Photo Insert Cards

Just slide your favorite graduation picture into the pocket opening of our photo insert cards for an easy DIY grad party invite! No glue or tape required. Hand write a personalized message on the inside of the card, or have us imprint your name, graduation year, and party details for you. These photo insert cards come in 13 colors with openings for a 4″ x 6″ photo, so you can choose one that coordinates with your school colors.  Browse all photo insert cards here.

Custom graduation announcements

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Graduation Announcement Photo Folders

These black graduation photo folders feature a gold foil graduation cap imprint on the front cover, and can be personalized with your graduation details. Each folder holds one 4 x 6 photo, with your choice of a vertical or horizontal layout.  These paper photo holders make beautiful graduation cards. They’re also an elegant way to protect, store, display & present graduation photos and senior pictures.

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Senior Portrait Folders

If you prefer a blank photo folder with no front cover design, our classic portrait folders are the way to go. These portrait folders are available in black or white, with optional borders and custom imprinting available. We offer these photo folders in vertical and horizontal formats for six different print sizes, including 4 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 6 x 6, 8 x 10, and 8.5 x 11. They’re perfect for high school & college graduations, and for portrait photographers looking for a professional way to present prints to clients.

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Need ideas on what to write in your graduation announcements and invitations? Check out our post on Graduation Announcement Wording. For help designing the perfection graduation announcements, call the Studio Style team at 1-800-346-3063.  Have your own ideas for custom graduation announcements? Share them with us in the comments below.

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How To Have A Successful Easter Bunny Event

Ideas and tips for your Easter Bunny Event from Studio Style

Thinking of having a picture with the Easter Bunny Event this year? Seasonal events are a great way to connect with the community and bring people into your business, raise awareness for a cause and create goodwill in the community. However, a great event comes from great planning. This article will help you plan and organize a successful event this Easter season.

The BunnyEaster Bunny Costume

This is a given! Make sure that the Easter Bunny can attend your event and pose for pictures with the kids. The Easter Bunny is very busy this time of year, so make sure to plan ahead! Many entertainment companies (think clown & magician businesses) have a bunny that can pose for pictures, walk around and work the crowd, pass out candy, entertain or even perform magic and other tricks. Don’t forget you could always buy or rent a bunny costume.

If the “real” bunny is unavailable, and a costume is out of your budget, try a jumbo inflatable bunny or giant plush rabbit. Cardboard cutouts can also work!

Easter BrunchThe Venue

Most malls host their own annual Easter Bunny events, but there are a lot of other great places to have an event. Have the Easter bunny visit your store, anywhere from small boutiques to large grocery store chains. How about a breakfast (or brunch) with the Easter Bunny at a restaurant or country club? A spring festival, parade or egg hunt? How about inviting the Easter Bunny to a local 5k race or other sporting event?  Try hosting a “Take your pet’s photo with the Easter Bunny” event at a pet store, animal shelter, grooming salon or dog rescue. Children’s hospitals are a great place to have the Easter Bunny stop in for photos and a visit. The zoo is also a great location and your guests will spend the whole day there. Your local Park District or Chamber of Commerce almost always have events planned around the Easter holiday. We’ve even seen Easter events on trains and cruise ships!

There are a lot of opportunities for Easter picture events that go beyond the mall.

The Right Props

The most basic prop you’ll need is a sturdy place for the Easter Bunny and visitors to sit. Wicker chairs or benches are the most popular type of seating for Easter Bunny photos. White is a classic choice, but natural wood or black are more modern choices that are becoming popular.

For an indoor event (such as a mall or restaurant) a backdrop is needed to block out any distractions like store fronts or people walking by.

Outdoor events (like a community event at the park) do not need artificial backdrops. Use the outdoors to your advantage and pick a photo location that has trees, shrubs or flowers in the background. In an urban area (or an area that does not have a lot of greenery this time of year) try setting the scene against the brick wall of a building or other element that will make an interesting background.

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Photo Credit: Vanessa Brown Photography
Backdrop created by OneStopBackdrop on Etsy

While a chair and background are the two primary elements of an Easter photo shoot, there are lots of other props you can use. Try one or several of the following:

  • Oversized Easter Basket Filled With Eggs
  • Gazebo or Garden Arch (you can find them at a local wedding rental company)
  • Artificial or Real Floral Garland
  • Easter Banners or Flags
  • Inflatable Easter Eggs or Carrots
  • Potted Tulips, Daffodils or Other Spring Bulbs
  • Forsythia or Pussywillow Branches
  • Chalkboard With The Words “Happy Easter!” or “Easter Greetings!”
  • White Picket Fence

 

Make a trip to your local craft and party stores and see what is available. Check out Etsy.com for creative handmade props like this white fence backdrop. Look to nature and visit a local garden center or florist, or even your own backyard for branches and flowers to use at your event. Party rental supply companies and even the home improvement store have options for larger props, tables, and seating. With a little creativity you can even make your own unique spring and Easter themed accessories.

The Photographer

Book a photographer in advance to ensure that you’ll have someone taking pictures on the day of your event. Take in consideration the photographer’s background. A photographer that specializes in event photography or kids and families is going to be more qualified than someone who shoots wildlife photography.

Easter CardsThe Giveaways

Give your guests something to remember their visit by. The most obvious giveaway would be a photo. Due to the nature of these events, the ability to print photos on site is necessary. If you do not have access to a on site printer, then using an instant camera is an old fashioned alternative that is still used quite often. Your budget and equipment will dictate this decision.

You’ll want to have a cheap paper picture frame to transport the photo home in. An Easter photo folder or cardboard photo frame will protect the photo from becoming bent or damaged.

Most paper frames can be custom printed with your logo, event name or other information specifically for you. This turns a simple photo souvenir frame into a promotional marketing piece! It’s a great way to have people remember your company or event.

Sometimes the event photographer will supply the frames at an additional cost. Other times the event coordinator or staff will order them. Communicate and see who will be ordering the photo holders and make sure you’ll have enough for your event, in the correct size you’ll need. Easter picture holders are most commonly available for Polaroid & 4″ x 6″ pictures, but custom ones can be made for other sizes.

free easter treat bag toppersSome other great souvenir ideas would be coloring pages with crayons, fuzzy bunny ears, candy, snacks or stickers. Including a coupon for your business, or a related business, is a great incentive for repeat business. If you’re handing out treat bags, you can use our Free Printable Easter Treat Bag Toppers!

 

The Promotion

Advertise! Make sure the public knows about your event. Flyers, blog posts, Facebook updates & Twitter are all great ways to get your message out about your event.

Try tying a promotion in with your event. If you are a restaurant, offer a special dining offer (like a unique Easter theme menu). If you are a store, offer a discount (try 20%) for that day only. Adding an extra incentive will get more people in your door and excited about the event. Take a look at these real-time Easter Bunny Event examples from Twitter:


Another option would be to donate all, or a portion of the proceeds from your event to a charity. Give people a REASON to participate in your event that they will feel good about. This also provides an option for cross-promotion with the charity, which can boost your event exposure and your audience, as well as opening other advertising channels and media coverage.

With the right planning, a Visit with the Easter Bunny event can become a fun yearly tradition that will build awareness, bring profit and be a positive spring activity for your community.

Products featured in this post: Garden Arch Portable Prop from B&C Mortensen, White Wicker Chair from Pier 1 Imports, Happy Easter Garland from handmade artists on Etsy, Happy Easter Photo Event Folder from Studio Style.

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Valentine’s Day Event Photo Ideas You’ll LOVE

Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day Event or sweetheart party this year?

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and Studio Style has a few ideas to help you put on a Valentine’s Day event everyone will love.  Whether you’re planning a fundraiser, a school party, a daddy daughter dance, or corporate event, our Valentine’s Day photo folders make perfectly lovable mementos to send home with your guests.

Send guests home with a souvenir photo folder for a sweet memory:

Heart photo folder

These foil stamped Valentine’s Photo Folders are versatile for any Valenitine’s themed event, fundraiser, dance, or party. If you’re able to print your event photos on site, that’s a bonus, but it’s okay to mail these photo folders after the event too. These photo folders come in both 4×6 and 5×7 sizes, as well as vertical or horizontal format.

  • Overall size measures 6″ x 8 1/8″ (when closed)
  • Picture opening measures 3 5/8″ x 5 5/8″ (for 4″ x 6″ photos)
  • Lightweight smooth finish paper
  • Foil hot-stamped design on front cover
  • Holds one photo on the inside
  • Side-load construction, glued above and below window opening
  • Available for vertical or horizontal prints
  • Shipped flat, not folded
  • Envelopes available separately
  • Optional foil imprinting available

Heart Paper Photo Frame

 

These Happy Valentines Day photo folders are made from our standard white portrait folder and a bright red Valentine’s Day Heart design foil stamped in the middle. These make great Valentine’s Day cards, and are available in 4×6 or 5×7 for vertical or horizontal prints. Great for commemorating a Valentine’s Cruise or special outing with your loved one.

Your Valentine’s Day event wouldn’t be complete without some personalization your Valentine’s photo folders with the event date, location, names or even a line from your favorite love song or poem.

Envelopes: Are you mailing your folders/frames? Portrait folder envelopes are available here.

 

Valentines Photo CardThis red heart photo folder makes a beautiful themed frame for a sweetheart dance, Valentine’s fundraiser, or school party. Simply slide your 5×7 or 4×6 photo in the top and

This design is made to order. Low 50 piece minimum includes FREE personalization. Free digital proofs are available. Ships in 7-10 days from order date. Call us today for details: 1.800.346.3063

Our red and pink Valentine’s photo folder combines modern polka dots with hearts. Although perfect for Valentine’s Day parties and events, this design is also suitable for weddings, anniversaries, dances, cruises and other special occasions. The heart theme also works well for National Heart Health Month, and for hospital and healthcare promos.

 

Production Time: Please allow up to 10 business days for the design and imprinting of your custom order. Unimprinted Quick Ship folders ship in 1-3 business days (no order minimum). View our shipping map for shipping transit times.

Envelopes: Are you mailing your event photo folders? Use Envelope Style 0218, available separately.

Looking for another type of photo folder for your event? Visit www.StudioStyle.com and browse our collection of themed photo folders, paper photo frames, portrait folders, and photo gifts! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Heart Cello Bag

Valentine’s treat bags are great for classroom parties! These printed red and gold hearts cellophane treat bag are popular for DIY gift bags at all kinds of February events. Whether you give candy, nuts, cookies, or party favors, we offer plenty of sizes to fit any treat. Perfect for handing out at school or company Valentine’s Day parties, bake sales or any special occasion.

Food-safe polypropylene (sometimes called poly) bags have many uses. Cello bags make great candy bags, favor bags, party gift bags, treat goodie bags, bake sale & more. Unlike flat cello, our cello bags have gusseted sides for added room.

 

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How to Add Vintage Flair to Your Event Photo Booth

Ah, the photo booth.

Invented in the early twentieth century by an ambitious Russian immigrant1, the photo booth quickly won over the American public with it’s quick printing capabilities and intimate booth atmosphere. It started appearing in cities across the U.S. wherever crowds gathered. Photo booths grew in popularity over the next several decades, and saw such famous visitors as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Truman Capote.

But in the later decades of the 20th century, Americans’ fascination with the photo booth declined. The once-popular photo booths were relegated to dusty corners at malls and shopping centers.

But all that changed about 10 years ago.

As the saying goes, “what’s old is new again,” and this couldn’t be more true for the humble event photo booth. Now they are at weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, retail grand openings, first birthday parties, and graduation parties. Photographers across the U.S. are adding them as a package option for their event photography, and DIY photo booth tutorials abound.

But the fun part for you, the party planner, is all the glamorous details, and what’s more fun than a vintage 1920s photo booth theme? Whether you’re throwing a gala reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, hosting a small art deco-inspired soirée, or just want a 1920s-themed photo booth, we’ve searched high and low to bring you some of the best 1920s vintage photo booth ideas and inspiration.

How to Add Vintage Flair to your Photo Booth - A BIG list of ideas and inspiration for your 1920s themed photo booth, brought to you by Studio Style.

Vintage Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

  • Strips of wrapping paper. Sound silly? It’s not! Put one strip black, another of a subtle black and gold geometric pattern. Just be careful not to clash patterns or create something too loud.
  • Black table cloth. This is perhaps the easiest and thriftiest option, which is why it’s usually the most popular. A simple black table cloth from your local party supply store is a simple but great background.
  • Streamers. Choose two or three colors, and tape streamers to the wall, keeping them all straight, twirling all of them, or keeping some straight while twirling others.
  • Velvet. We’re thinking a red or black velvet curtain reminiscent of the theater. While an actual theater curtain might not fit your budget, check your local fabric store, especially the bargain bins. Or, hang a simple black backdrop, and put on red velvet curtain on each side, pulled back with a gold rope tie. Where to buy: Jo-Ann
  • Clear balloons filled with gold glitter. Easy and fun glitter balloons! Just add a spoonful of glitter to a clear balloon, blow it up (with helium), tie on a gold ribbon, and tape the ribbon to the floor. Fill up enough balloons to cover a wide enough area, and tie on varying lengths of ribbon. Where to buy: Party City
  • Patterns to look for. Whether it’s a piece of fabric, a table cloth, wrapping paper, or wallpaper, look for big, regal patterns like damask or brocade, or for true art deco style, be on the lookout for bold geometric patterns. Inspiration: Pinterest, of course!

Prop Ideas for your 1920s-Themed Photo Booth

  • Hats, hats, hats. Find period-style hats for the guys and the dames. For guys, look for bowler, derby, fedora, top hat, panama, gambler, or homburg. For dames, look for cloche, beret, toque, turbans, and of course, the flapper headband. Where to buy: Candy Apple Costumes
  • Mustache on a stick. Make your own, find some at the party store, or download some vintage-style photo booth printables.
  • Bow ties for the guys. You can either find a few clip-on bow ties (skip the over-sized ones for the vintage theme), or use a printable. Where to buy: Absolute Ties (feeling crafty? Learn how to make your own clip-on bow tie.)
  • Lace gloves for the ladies. So that you’re fit for your elegant affair. Where to buy: Steam Punk Emporium
  • Lace parasol. Look at pictures of people picnicking in the 1920s and you might see some women with lacy parasols, meant to shelter the sun. While a full-size parasol won’t work to well in a confined space, a child-sized or petite parasol would be perfect.
  • Feather boas and playful fans. Time to hit the party store again! Think glitz and glam.
  • Rotary Phone. Why not? Look on eBay or ask around; you might be surprised at who has one of those sitting in their attic.
  • Colorful silk flowers. Not your ordinary prop, but why should the bride and bridesmaids be the only ones with bouquets?

DIY Vintage Photo Booth Signs

  • Pointing to the photo booth. Free photo booth sign printables abound online. Here are just a few: Apothecakery, Elegance and Enchantment, Poptastic Bride. Creating your own? Look up some 1920s slang to make it even more authentic.
  • How to use the photo booth. Avoid the risk of losing pictures, having damaged equipment, or just confusing your guests. Kelly from A Side of Sweet provided a simple list of instructions for guests at her wedding.
  • How to pose and use props. Yes, this might sound silly, but it could be another way to add some vintage flair. Find some old photo booth pictures (old family photos from the 1920s will work, too), put them in a gold frame, and place them on the props table.

Protect Your Prints! Personalized Photo Booth Favors

  • Photo Booth Strip Folders. Help your guests protect their 2″ x 6″ photo booth prints. Personalize with your event details. Where to buy: Studio Style
  • Photo Holder for 4″ x 6″ Photo Booth Collage. Perfect for the larger prints! Choose a vintage design, or create one of your own. Where to buy: Studio Style (Psssst… the Vintage Props is our most popular design for events like this.)
  • An envelope. Get envelopes to coordinate with your color or design theme. Leave them blank, add a label, or personalize with some fancy calligraphy. Find these at any stationery supply store. For 4″ x 6″ photos, look for the A6 envelope size.

DIY Photo Booth Tutorial List

If you’re one of the brave individuals looking to set up your own photo booth, check out this list of tutorials from experts and beginners alike.

  • The Offbeat Bride. No expensive camera needed, just your computer and a web cam. The ultimate budget-friendly option.
  • Simple Booth. Have an iPad? Here’s a really easy one for you. Buy the app, and set your iPad up on a tri-pod
  • Photography Concentrate. Photographers Lauren and Rob Lim share their photo booth setup. This one is perfect if you have a dSLR and a separate flash unit.
  • dslrBooth. Photo booth software for those with Nikon or Canon dSLR cameras.
  • Viget. For a more professional setup with dSLR, lights, and live photo slideshow, see how the staff at Viget set up their photo booth.

If You’re Hiring a Photographer…

Sometimes it’s more fun to let someone else handle the technical side of setting up a photo booth, and that’s ok! You can still choose props, backdrops, and other photo booth decor. We’ve found most photographers love working their clients’ ideas into their booth to help personalize the experience, so if you are hiring a professional, ask them if you can use your own props and backdrop.

Ready, Set, Go!

Whether it’s for your wedding or your kid’s birthday party, your photo booth will bring out the goofiness in your guests, and there’s nothing like a vintage theme to really get them to open up.

Are you doing a vintage photo booth theme? Let us know what your set up looks like—we’d love to see it!

 

1 “The History of the Photobooth” www.telegraph.co.uk

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Green Photo Cards

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond!

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Our Simplicity collection includes three beautiful green photo cards.

  • Willow Green – Very pale green photo card with small flecks.
  • Forest Green – Rich darker green photo card for a pop of color.
  • Sage Green (shown above) has been discontinued.

Just slide your picture into the frame-style opening for an instant photo greeting card. All of our photo cards have the photo on the outside (front) of the card. Insides are blank for writing (or imprinting) your own personal message. Green photo cards are perfect for sending an eco-friendly greeting to customers and employees!

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New Photo Booth Folder Designs

Introducing our expanded photo booth folder collection.

These new photo booth folder designs from Studio style make beautiful and inexpensive keepsakes to send home with your guests. Photo booth folders can be customized with your event date, your name, or company information. Order these custom photo booth folders for a lasting memento from your special event. Photo booths are growing in popularity as a fun and entertaining activity for weddings, fundraisers, corporate events, birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvah celebrations, anniversary events, and beyond.

Photo Booth Picture Strip Holders

New Photo Booth Folder Designs from Studio Style:

  • Mustache – Inspired by the most popular photo booth props, with a vintage twist.
  • Script Heart – A bit of flourish and whimsy with this modern calligraphy design.
  • Damask – Always a winner for wedding patterns and design.
  • Ritzy Typography – Black tie affair? Put on the ritz.
  • Birch & Bird – Cute and wonderful for outdoor or rustic weddings. Put a bird on it.
  • Nautical Anchor – Ahoy! It’s finally here, a nautical themed design.
  • Monogram – Classic and simple, monograms are always in style.
  • Gatsby – An art deco inspired design that is both ritzy and glamorous.
  • Laurel Wreath – Beautiful for a winter wedding.

As always, all photo booth folders have die-cut slits on the inside to hold your photo strip in place, and can be customized for your wedding or event colors.

View all photo booth folder designs here.

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DIY Free Photo Booth Strip Template Download

Say cheese! Download our free template to create DIY photo booth strips.

Photo Booth Frames to Hold Picture Strip Templates

We love photo booths. Old is new again, and photo booths are seeing a resurgence at wedding receptions, bar/bat mitvahs, birthdays, bars, restaurants, parties, and events everywhere. It is instant photo fun, what’s not to love?

While nothing can replace that old school fun of jumping into a photo booth and hamming it up with your friends, sometimes you just want the old fashioned photo strip look without renting one.

We know the feeling, and that is why we created  this freebie just for you. Below are step-by-step instructions to create your own Photo Booth Strip Template in Photoshop.

Photoshop Photo Booth Template File

 

Photoshop Photo Booth Template Layers

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Download Free Photo Booth Strip Template

This download is a layered PSD (Photoshop) file, just open and place your photos behind the template layer. Try making your pictures black and white or sepia tone for a vintage look by applying your favorite Image Adjustment or Photoshop Action.

Be creative! Print and cut them out to make your own DIY save the dates or wedding thank you cards, birthday party favors, or simply combine your favorite photos to post to Facebook and share with friends.

Need custom printed photo booth frames? Picture strip folders are perfect for photo favors, handing out as photo souvenirs to event attendees, wedding guests, or using as a thank you card. Customize one for an occasion!

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Photo Holidays to Celebrate the Art of Photography

We’ve compiled a list of photo holidays for photographers. We encourage you to participate, and share your photos with us on the Studio Style Facebook page! If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments below!

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

National Photo Month

Nature Photography Day

This day was designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

Camera Day is best celebrated with pictures. Pictures are invaluable memories of our lives and of the world. They tell stories. Our memories and stories are captured by a camera. With digital technology, using a camera has never been easier. Cameras are now built into cell phones, so you always have a camera with you, ready to record the moments of your life.

Whether you own a Compact, Digital SLR, Film or Phone Camera, World Photo Day is all about celebrating photography. World Photo Day is an open community event focused on celebrating photography not just globally but within local communities.

  • World Toy Camera Day – October 15, 2016 (unofficial date)World Toy Camera Day is a yearly event that usually takes place on the 3rd Saturday of October. A day where we wake up in the wee hours of the morning and load all of our favorite plastic cameras like the Holga, Diana, Brownies and the like and end the day with our Low-fi, Low-brow, blurry and ridiculously out of focus snap shots.

Help-Portrait Day

Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning in 2008. Our mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists to use their skills, tools and expertise to give back to their local community. Each December, photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists all around the world will find people in need, take their picture, print their picture and then deliver it—free of charge.

Do you do anything special to celebrate these photography holidays? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!

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Printable Christmas Treat Bag Toppers

Turn your homemade goodies into treats worthy of gift-giving with FREE printable cello bag toppers.

Giving homemade gifts from your kitchen in a cute Christmas Treat Bag is a heartfelt way to show others that you care. A lot of love and hard work that goes into making these treats, why give them away on a paper plate or zip-loc bag? Gift packaging makes the first impression! Present your cookies, chocolate bark or granola in holiday themed crystal clear food-safe cello bags to give a sneak peek of whats inside. Top each bag with a personalized treat bag topper for the finishing touch.

Treat Bag Toppers to Print
Homemade treats or candy are great for gift-giving during the holidays. Fill a bag with goodies and finish off with a bag topper for an instant gift.

We’ve created DIY printable bag toppers to match our most popular holiday cello designs in 3 template sizes (favor, small, and medium). Simply print, cut-out, fold, and attach to the tops of cello bags using double-stick tape or staples.

DIY Treat Bag Topper
Click here to download FREE printable PDF treat bag toppers.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for homemade edible holiday gifts that work well for filled-cellophane bags:

  • Homemade Granola
  • Spicy Asian Snack Mix
  • Whoopie Pies (chocolate filled with peppermint)
  • Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods (always a classic)
  • Gingerbread People (or try other shapes, like reindeer)
  • Chocolate Bark
  • Biscotti (great for coffee lovers)
  • Peanut Brittle or Toffee
  • Fudge or Caramels
  • Roasted Nuts (sweet or savory, or a combo of both)
  • Almond Roca
  • Cake Pops (the new trend in sweet treats)
  • Sugar Cookies (another classic)
  • Dog Treats (don’t forget your furry friends)

Packaged treats from your kitchen are perfect for hostess gifts, co-workers, classmates, friends, and family. Don’t leave out others like your hair stylist, running or workout buddy, mail deliverer or your child’s teachers. Little packages of homemade goodness make festive stocking stuffers and also work well as party favors for weddings, bridal/baby showers, and events.

What kind of homemade goods do you like to create for the holidays? Tell us in the comments below.

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Father’s Day Personalized Photo Gift Ideas

Create a lasting memory this Father’s Day with one of these Dad-approved photo gift ideas.

Photo gifts are not just for women! The key when selecting a personalized photo gift for Dad is to keep his personal interests in mind when selecting which photograph to use. While photo gifts with pictures of friends and family are always popular, think outside of the box and use a photo of his car, truck, boat or motorcycle!

Take a photo of Dad’s car or truck and make a personalized beach towel!

Since Father’s Day is in summer, a photo beach towel is a practical and timely gift. At the pool or beach, a photo towel will surely strike up conversation and is a great way to show off his car. Even if Dad is not a beachgoer, a towel is a useful item to keep in the car or truck to protect his seats or to use for an afternoon on the boat, camping trip or hike.

Use your favorite photo of your Father for a unique photo tile.

Photo tiles are an alternative to traditional picture frames. The photo is printed directly on a ceramic tile and coated with a gloss finish to protect it for years to come. The tiles come with their own wooden stand to display on a table or desk. You can make a tile with any photo!

Harley Davidson Photo Blanket
A woven blanket with a photo of Dad’s bike makes a cherished & useful gift.

Does Dad have a “man cave”? Blankets are useful all year long. Even in the hot dog days of summer, a nice photo blanket is a great accessory simply draped over a couch in his den. We’ve even seen these photo blankets hung on the wall as a tapestry! A custom blanket with a photo of his motorcycle is a unique work of art that will be appreciated by any biker.

If your Dad is not into cars or motorcycles, think about other hobbies that he enjoys and use photos of that instead. Every Father is unique and a personalized photo gift is the perfect way to celebrate that. Father’s Day is the 3rd Sunday of June, so don’t wait until it is too late to start thinking about gifts!

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