Thursday, March 6, 2008


Next Project: Bag-A-Lopes
It's a gift bag made out of an envelope! These are inspired (aka copied) from my FAVORITE website: splitcoast stampers. Each week they have a new little tutorial that teaches you how to do something fun with stamps. This one is from a while ago. If you don't use stamps, you can modify just about any project on the webpage and just use printed paper or stickers or other embellishments.

This is what you need:
  • 9x12 White Catalog Envelope (I think the envelopes I found are larger, just get the largest you can find)
  • Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade

  • Bone Folder (it's okay if you don't have one, or if you don't even know what this is-I never use one)

  • Extra-Strength Adhesive like Terrifically Tacky Tape (TTT)

  • Ribbon

  • Stamps & Embellishments to decorate

  • Corner Rounder optional
  • Optional:
    • Patterned Paper
    • Punches
    • Colored Card stock
Step by Step instructions:

  1. Step 1

    Trim 3” from envelope off of the open end.

  2. Step 2

    Remove orange cutting blade from trimmer. With the opening of the envelope at the top, score in 2” from the right, left and bottom edges of the envelope.

  3. Step 3

    You will have a 2” square in each bottom corner, score from inside corner to the outer point.

  4. Step 4

    This is the point at which you decorate the front of your gift bag, staying inside the score lines.

  5. Step 5 (Optional)

    If desired, use decorative scissor or corner rounder to scallop the top of your gift bag.

  6. Step 6

    Crease the score lines and pop the envelope into a bag, carefully bringing the bottom corner squares into a point on each side.

  7. Step 7

    Use bone folder to give points a crisp fold.

  8. Step 8

    Apply extra-strength adhesive to flaps that will fold in to the bottom of the bag.

  9. Step 9

    Fold flaps in to form bottom of the bag. Bottom will measure 5” x 4”.

  10. Step 10

    Punch holes through all layers of top edge for ribbon closure.

  11. Step 11

    Embellish the front of bag for gift giving.

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