Ten Things: Bags

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm so excited to share with you this week's Ten Things challenge.  I love a good challenge and this one was definitely challenging.  (It also came during a challenging week as my hubby is currently hobbling around on crutches with a sprained ankle.)  It felt so good to throw myself into this week's challenge: BAGS!  I immediately thought of those cute little bags that are perfect for journaling-holding, tags, and memorabilia.  Then, I thought of a paper bag mini album.  I've been dying to do one forever!  Unfortunately, I ran out of time and so that (once again) gets placed on the back burner.  So, of course my natural go-to (and something I love to do oh-so-much) is to upcycle.  I love reusing things and am always saving things to reuse somehow.  (It's slightly borderline obsession, but not quite there yet).

I started out with this bag that I saved from Ann Taylor.  One thing I am always short on is wrapping for gifts: wrapping paper, gift bags, boxes.  I always feel like I'm running short on these.  So, I decided this was the perfect time to one of the many paper bags I save.

Added some lime-green paint to all sides of the bag.  I knew I would be using the Cakewalk collection from October Afternoon, so I thought the lime-green would be perfect!  I had a feeling it wouldn't hide the "Ann Taylor" writing on the bag, but no worries about that.

Decorating is seriously my favorite part of anything.  Once the hard work is done, I love to start putting on all the cute stuff.  Here I cut an 8 by 8 patterned paper (diamonds) and adhered, then adhered a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 patterned paper (stripes).  I cut out the "make a wish" die cut from my Slice then added a tag and the word "wish" to the top.  Add a ribbon strip underneath the "make a wish" and added some fussy-cut stars in a random pattern.  Finally, I wrapped washi tape strips around all four edges of the bag.

As a last resort, I decided to paint the handles red to go with the bag design.  (The white just wasn't cutting it for me.)

And here's a look at what the back looks like.  Just a simple design but still enough to cover the "Ann Taylor" text. 

I'm really happy with this bag!  I can't wait to give this to someone with a special little gift inside!  And I made sure to coordinate this bag to match the tags I created with the same collection.  How bout that? 

Kelster Jean

PS: Be sure to hop on over to Practical Scrappers and check out the rest of the amazing ideas for bags.  And remember, if you create a project using bags, be sure to share on the Practical Scrappers Facebook page!

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  1. That is awesome! I love the way you used the washi tape! Perfect


  2. Very cute bag! I love decorating gift bags!


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