Pretty Summer Gifts Tutorial

Hi everybody!  I was asked to be part of the fab Design Team here at Merly Impressions and I am unbelievably excited! My name is Linda Iswariah, also known as Lintsi in the blog world. I live in the UK but am originally from Finland. I am a mother of three little boys (6y, 4y and 1y). They keep me rather busy and are a constant inspiration for me. However I do need a getaway from them every now and then and that getaway for me is scrapbooking! I am lucky to have a craft room where I can get creative and spread my craft supplies all over the place whenever I have a moment for myself. I have been scrapbooking for 7 years and I love it more and more as time goes by and I gain more experience. I find it refreshing and delightful! Layouts is what I mostly enjoy making but occasional cards, mini books and altered items will appear here in the blog from time to time, like today!


It is the time of year when you have been thinking of presents for teachers or if for other people. This is what I made this year for some of the teachers of my children and also to take as gifts when travelling home to Finland:

opelahja 05These little jars are filled with a lovely salad dressing / dip that I discovered this summer. I have used beautiful papers from the True Romance Collection. This collection is perfect for anything summer related (as well as love, wedding, baby, girls… you name it!) with its flowers and butterflies!

opelahja 04I included the recipe of this yummy dressing. I typed it first, printed, cut into strips, inked the edges and finally glued onto some lovely tags I cut out from one of the True Romance Collection papers. Here is the recipe if you want to try the dressing!

A lovely summer dip / salad dressing

  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp mint sauce
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar

Mix well. Store in a cool place.

opelahja 01aI started by choosing some strips of paper and inked the edges. I used strong double sided tape to attach the strips around the jars.

opelahja 02I cut round pieces out of fabric making sure they were big enough to cover the lid and hang down a bit from the sides.

opelahja 01I used a rubber band to keep the fabric in place before tying the baker’s twine around it.

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opelahja 08There you go! Pretty little jars decorated! You could fill your jars with anything you like – jam, mustard, muesli etc. I hope you enjoyed this post!



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