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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gift Wrapping Ideas

The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

---  Pierre Corneille


I enjoy the gift wrapping process, as the effort is a way I convey my care and concern for the recipient.

To me, the way a gift is well wrapped makes it worth more than the actual cost of the item, as the recipient will feel it even before opening the presents!

Here is one wrapping idea I like to share. Those who enjoy the art of gift wrapping would find the following example not too difficult to create: 

For those who have attended my gift wrapping workshop, you would understand how easy it is to create the above gift bag, and cut out ladies' or gentlemen's collars to close the opening of the gift bag.  

Here are some enhancements and decorations you can add to the collars, simple yet pleasing to the eyes:

Just use any craft punch you can get from bookstore or craft shop and make the design on the collar, interlock it with a cut at each end.  I use the butterfly shape, as I like the "flying" idea.

With the shape cut-out, the beautiful collar is here to please you and the one who receives the gift.

Without the colourful card, it looks elegant as it is.  If you feel that it is a bit plain, you can tie a ribbon and secure the collar this way!

If you like to know the details of the courses on gift wrapping, click the labels or the tag "Gift wrapping" and read on... 

Occasionally, the card making workshop with pop-up ideas is run based on request. It is a stand alone course, like the gift wrapping workshop for organisation. 

It will be interesting to have a "2 in 1" workshop on "Card making and Gift Wrapping" and with something like the above in the workshop. If your organisation is interested, just email me and I will plan one for your group.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gift wrapping ideas: sharing my joys in creating ...

Here are some of the photographs taken at the workshops etc ...:

The following works were created by the staff from Singapore Police Force, during the workshop at the HQ at Cantonment Road:

This box of gift does not need a lot of wrapper to enhance the look.  The white wrapper I used is just to go over the original box cover and turns it into a lady's jacket with a outstanding paper bow in leave shape:


You can add a red ribbon bow with a pearl to the white bow and change the look of wrapping:


To bring out the Christmas mood, green and red bow is rather attractive too:


For Christmas gift, ribbon rose in green looks elegant too:

For other festive occasions, sending gifts with a flower arrangement, is a way to create double "happiness" for the recipients:

If you use the bag ideas I shared in the workshop, and create the collar shapes with some decorations will definitely add more charm to the end results. 


Sometimes, gift is part of the gift wrapping designs too!
You can show some of your gifts and use it as a decoration for your gift wrapping, like the way this butterfly brooch is being used:


If the box in the gift is intended for a lady, just add a unique card with the profile of your recipient and use it as a gift card.

When you wrap the gift card with the gift, you may add a hand-made rose to it, it will be adorable:

Hope your like the above ideas!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Monday, December 15, 2014

LAS WSQ Support Bibliographic Control Works (Jan 2015)

Here is what I received from LAS last Friday:
LAS is pleased to organize the another run of the LAS WSQ training for Support Bibliographic Control Works.

Details below:

Dates: 6 – 8 Jan 2015
Time: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM daily
Venue: Training Room 2 (Level 5, Centre Wing) Nanyang Polytechnic Library (Getting to NYP Library)

Scheduled dates: 21 or 22 Jan 2015
Time: 1 hour 10 min per candidate on either one of the scheduled dates
Venue: (NTU Library Instructional Commons) or venues to be determined.
Course Fees: $495 (Gross)

This is one of the 5 competency based programmes at entry level which together form the WSQ Higher Certificate in Library and Information Services.

Important Note:
§ Upon successful registration for the training, you will receive a confirmation message & email.
§ The registration page will also display a message when the class is full. You will not be able to key in personal particulars when this happens.
§ The course fees are listed here.
§ On enrolment, you are deemed to have committed to both the training and proposed assessment dates.
§ Participants or institutions who wish to withdraw from an enrolled course must submit reason(s) in writing to Where notice of withdrawal is given before the start of the course, an administrative fee of $25 is payable to facilitate the withdrawal from the course.
§ Please view full Terms & Conditions for LAS WSQ Level 2 courses.

For more information on the module, please refer to the training page.
Registration will close with maximum of 17 participants.

Organized by:
LAS Training & Development Committee
If you are attending the course, see you on the first day of Training!
Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Saturday, December 13, 2014

How to wrap a book as present!

Christmas is a gift giving season, and I like to give friends and family members books I think they may like to read, as presents.

To match the Christmas theme, I use red colour graphic paper for one book, and white colour one for the other.

As both books are for my lady friends, I use lady's collar to decorate the top of the wrapping. 

To make the white one look more appealing, a paper rose from the same wrapper was made and added to the collar.  The little add on made it more feminine.

For the red one, I made a ribbon bow and sealed it with double sided tape, then attached it to the collar.

At our lunch gathering on 11 Dec, I was glad that both friends liked the wrapping design I created, and received it with a smile.  I do hope that they find the book a good read too! 

As they liked the design of this gift wrapping and did not like to unwrap it so soon, my advice to them:

Use a pair of scissors or a letter opener to open the bottom of the wrapping, then hold the item upright, with the force of gravity, the book will drop on the floor, or on their hand.  

They may display the gift wrapping design, and enjoy the reading before boxing day!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Not to win the approval of everyone we meet

The sooner we accept the inevitable dilemma of not being able to win the approval of everyone we meet, the easier our lives will become.  

When you expect to be dished out your share of disapproval instead of struggling against this fact, you’ll develop a helpful perspective to assist your life journey. 

Rather than feeling rejected by disapproval, you can remind yourself, “Here it is again. That’s okay.”  

You can learn to be pleasantly surprised, even grateful when you receive the approval you’re hoping for.

---  Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson (May 16, 1961 – December 13, 2006) was an American author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker.