Friday, December 16, 2011

Pages Reveal: Mini Gift Bags made from Envelopes

The Assignment:
This month for Pages from the Heart, the DT members were asked to make two items for Christmas, a present wrapping idea and a present, while incorporating baker's twine. This is my first reveal, a mini gift bag that would work well for items like jewelry or gift cards. 

Mini Gift Bags

Supply List for Mini Envelope Gift Bags
Featured Collection: Santa’s Workshop from Doodlebug Design Inc.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Papers: Doodlebug Design Inc.
Stickers: Doodlebug Design
Stamps: We R Memory Keepers
Twine: The Twinery
Ink: ColorBox Chalk, Delta
Glitter Glue: Stickles by Ranger
Decorative Scissors: Fiskars
Other: Buttons, Card Envelopes

The Details:
The main part of this bag is made from a regular sized (A2) card envelope. You can use any sized envelopes that you have lying around, especially if you don't have the card to match anymore. Basically you just seal the envelope, slice off one end, score and fold 3/4" along the other three sides and open them up to make the little baggies. For a more comprehensive tutorial, you can go here. I also made a handle that I attached with glue dots. To decorate the handle, I tied some buttons and origami stars using baker's twine. 

Then I decorated the front and back sides of the bags using Doodlebug's Santa's Workshop line which has a lot of cute stickers and tags that are the perfect size for this project. For the baker's twine component, I glued some twine in a circular pattern using Fabri-Tac for the holly berries on the tag that I popped up with foam tape. The cardstock stickers already come pre-glittered and the border stickers really finish out the scene. Here is a front and back view of my snowman gift bag. 

This second bag is also made from the same sized envelope as the snowman one, the only difference is I cut the opening along the wider edge. So from the same sized envelope, you can get two different shapes, taller and narrower or shorter and wider. Here is the front and back view of my Santa gift bag.  


The snowman and Santa Claus peeking out from the top of the bags are Target gift cards. I got the gift cards first and then made the bags to match the theme of the cards. This was a relatively quick and easy project, and will really add a personal touch when giving a gift card to someone. 

A Shout Out:
I have to give a shout out to the UCLA women's volleyball team that will compete in the finals tomorrow against Illinois. The last time they won an NCAA championship was in 1991, when I was a senior in college there. It has been twenty years in the making. Best of luck!

Take care and happy scrappin' & spikin',


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