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Maya Road Guest Designer: Rebecca Luminarias

Say hello to November's Maya Road Guest Designer....Rebecca Luminarias!

Each month we feature a new friend of Maya Road and their beautiful, unique & creative style! This month we'll be featuring Rebecca and wow, her projects are absolutely stunning! We know you'll be inspired by her unique and creative packaging style of paper crafting! Prepare to spend some time enjoying each and every detail of her work!


I live in Southern California with my husband (Arvin) and 2 small children (Gus & Nemy). My crafting obsession is gift wrap & tags; I love to create my own, but I also enjoy seeing how others turn a plain box into a work of art. I'm an introvert who craves quiet alone time, but I also enjoy being around close friends. I have a vivid and very active imagination, which is a gift and a curse, inspiring both passionate creativity and relentless worry.  For the last 10 years, I’ve been pushing that imagination to focus more on the creative side, and it just might be working! Currently, you can find me on the Pinkfresh Studio Design Team, I’m the Packaging Ambassador and a Product Designer for Papertrey Ink, and I’ve released two online classes in 2017.


Here are the links to Rebecca's social media ...

Blog Address: http://thurstonpost.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThurstonPost/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thurston_post/

Thanks so much Rebecca for joining us today! Take it away...

Birthday Gift Bag, Card, and Autumn Gift

Hello!  It's Rebecca Luminarias and I'm thrilled to be guesting for Maya Road this month!  I got the chance to play around with some really fun MR supplies and for today's project, I've done what I normally do--a little bit of gift wrapping.

The first idea I had when I was looking through all of the product was to dress up a cotton muslin bag with some of the Saffron scallop ribbon.  It's so ruffly and reminds me of birthday cake frosting so I thought I'd take that inspiration and apply it to a birthday gift bag.  I adhered the trim to the bag with Fabri-Tac (hot glue will work just as well).  It's a good idea to place a piece of wax paper inside the bag first so that the front and back of the bag don't stick together.

To fancy up the top of my bag, I gathered up a bunch of different embellishments--things like polka dot tissue paper, a white tag wrapped in fuzzy yarn, a couple doilies, a swatch of lace, and a paper scrap from Crate Paper come from my own stash.  I added a MR black scallop-edged kraft tag layer into that mix.  To top it off, I used an adorable stitched linen banner with a large resin mum in Tempting Teal.  It's a bright pop of blue on top of the pile that you can't miss!

Whenever I use a muslin bag like this, I love to use the drawstrings to tie on extra details, in this case I chose tassels and charms.  I began by making my own tassel from Earl Grey twine (with a bit of Pinterest help, you can find lots of easy tassel-making tutorials if you need to).  The twine is thick so you don't need a lot--unless you want a big, fat tassel!  Next came a silver Antique Room Key, followed by a bright pink tassel I made from embroidery floss.  And last was a little lock charm to go with the key (even if it's not exactly the correct size ;)

I slipped them all through one end of the bag drawstring, except for the twine tassel, which I tied onto the strings.  I always love extra details and lots of textures, so being able to use the satin scallop trim, linen banner, resin flower, twine, and metal all on one project made my heart so happy!

It might seem slightly backwards, but after I put the bag together, I decided to make a matching birthday card, with some more paper scraps and, of course, more Saffron trim!  I chose a kraft journaling tag and stamped a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY on it, and there's a little bit of my own tulle in pale pink peeking out from behind it on the right side.

I adhered a length of ruffle trim over the journaling card, followed by an embroidery floss bow that matches the tassel on the bag, and a tiny heart from the Lock My Heart Charms pack.  The very last touch was a small teal resin flower.  The bag and the card don't match exactly, but they have enough items in common that it's easy to tell they go together.

This duo is all ready for someone extra special!  (And I'll leave you with a peek at a similar gift bag I made with a holiday twist.  In a few days, you'll get to see what I made to go inside of that bag...)

Before I go, I just have one more really quick package to share with you.  As I was making the tag for the bag, specifically the mini pennant banner and resin flower portion, I thought that a grouping of those banners would be very pretty and celebratory as a package topper.

I wrapped up a gift with peach wrapping paper and then laid out a trio of pennants, each with its own resin flower--a large one in Snow White and 2 small ones in the teal.

I flanked each side with a deep yellow embroidery floss tassel.  Threaded through the jump ring on each tassel is a Vintage Leaf Charm.  Little touches like those are my favorites!

To finish, I made a couple simple bows from the Earl Grey twine.  Everything here is attached to the package with tiny Glue Dots.  They are strong enough that the items will hold in place during transit and delivery, but they'll do a minimal amount of damage to the products themselves, should my recipient wish to reuse them--they are just too pretty to toss out once the package is opened, don't you think?

This is a great way to wrap for fall--the colors, the leaves, the linen--even the large white resin mum speaks of autumn!  Thanks for having me with you today!  I certainly enjoyed it and I hope you did, too!

See you soon for another gorgeous project from Rebecca!

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