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March 2017 Newsletter



What's New


Glitter Giftwrap - Available in gold and silver, this heavier weight durable giftwrap is not only great for wrapping up gifts but also banding around boxes, incorporating into wedding and craft projects. It even looks fantastic as a table runner!  Available in-store and on our website (gold, silver).


Crepe Paper - Now available in the store!  Crepe Paper is so versatile. It is the first choice for so many craft projects especially crepe paper flowers which look amazing on gift bags, boxes and as party decor. Available in-store only.


Washi Tape - We've been having so much fun playing with our new Washi Tape! Fun and easy to use on pretty much any of our packaging products such as bags and boxes.  Available in-store only.


New Tissue Patterns - New for March... Rose Gold and Silver Vidalia.  Rose Gold is the most stunning shade of rose and has a beautiful shimmer to it.  Silver Vidalia is a trendy and modern pattern. Use together in our gift bags for a trendy and complimentary look. Available in-store only and online (rose gold, silver vidalia).


Essential Packaging Workshops

 We are thrilled to be able to offer the following workshops at Essential Packaging!   

Beginner Cookie Workshop

- Spring Time Cookies!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6:00pm - 8.00pm  

$65 per person* 

All supplies included. 

Instructor: Stacie from Sugar Love Cookie Design 

The cookies will be pre-baked before you arrived so you get to do the fun decorating part! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the following techniques: basic royal icing consistency, basic hand painting consistency, water colour painting, water colour texurizing, moss effect and use of edible markers.

All supplies and packaging are included in the workshop. 

Limited seats so register early! 

You can register over the phone or in person at the Store 604-575-1117



Paint & Plant Workshop



Thursday, April 13, 2017

6:00pm - 7:00pm  

$26 per person* 

All supplies included. 

Instructor: Jacqueline from Homeworks Etc.

Join us to experience painting with chalk paint, planting succulents and the joy of learning something new through this creative process. This project also includes making a banner flag to put in the planter as well.

All supplies and packaging are included in the workshop. 

You will take home your completed planter.  

Limited seats so register early! 

You can register over the phone or in person at the Store 604-575-1117



Beginner Quilling Workshop  - Cards & Tags


Tuesday, April 25th

6:00pm - 7:30pm
$65 per person*

All supplies included.

Instructor: Cheryl from A Paper Life and Essential Packaging

Self proclaimed paper addict, Cheryl from A Paper Life, is offering a workshop on the basic techniques of quilling. You may have seen Cheryl's cards in our Store or on Instagram (@apaperlife) so here is your chance to try this age old craft for yourself. Quilling is rolling thin strips of paper into circles that are then glued and formed into any number of shapes. You will leave the class with 3 finished cards and 2 finished tags.  

In this workshop you will learn the following:

1. Introduction to quilling tools & paper
2. How to hold and use a slotted quilling tool
3. Basic quilling techniques and shapes
4. How to quill some basic shapes.

All supplies and packaging are included in the workshop.

Limited seats so register early!

You can register over the phone or in person at the Store 604-575-111



 Script Brush Lettering 101



Saturday, June 3, 2017

4:30pm - 7:30pm 

$165 per person* 

All supplies included. 

Instructor: Maurelle from Hello Maurelle (www.hellomaurelle.com)

The wonderful Maurelle is back again with a fabulous new workshop... learn to create beautiful contemporary pointed brush script lettering! Learn the basic rules that you can eventually break to find your own style that translate your positive energy using brush pen and paper.  

In this 3- hour intensive workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of modern script brush lettering. 

You will learn the following : 

1. Correct way of holding both felt and watercolour pen brush, proper posture and body mechanics  

2. Using watercolour in brush lettering  

3. The most important drills and proper strokes to create letter forms 

 4. How to write the complete lowercase alphabet*  

5. Connect letters the right way  

6. Techniques to lay out your piece This workshop is for beginners , no experience necessary. 

Workshop kit that you will take home includes: Watercolour brush pen, watercolour set, felt brush pen, smooth pad for brush lettering practice, instructional manual and guidelines, uppercase and lowercase exemplar 

Light refreshments will be served. 

NOTES: * Due to time constraint we cannot have a in-depth study of the capital letters. It will still be discussed briefly during the course 

Limited seats so register early!  

You can register over the phone or in person at the Store 604-575-1117




Throughout the year, there are a wide variety of markets going on in our area. You can shop from local growers and farmers or small businesses and artisans. Shopping at local markets gives you the opportunity to meet the vendors, try local products and produce and find unique items. We hope you enjoy this listing and get a chance to visit some of these markets.

Do you know of an upcoming fair or market happening in BC that you think should be listed on our website?

Please visit our website and use our easy fill-in form to send us information about upcoming community events.




Shop-online or in-store in Person!


Shop Online on our Website!

Save time by pre-ordering your products online and then choose to either pick up in our Store or have your order shipped to you.



Shop in our Retail Store

Whether you need packaging for a business, a special event or for your own use, we have many inspiring displays to show you how to use our products. Unsure of what packaging is best to suit your needs? Let the knowledgeable and helpful staff at the Store assist you in making the right choices.



Holiday Reminders



We will be closed on April 14th for Good Friday.

Re-opening April 17th with regular store hours.