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?
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!