I am a paper hoarder and thought creating bags from my retired DSP to sell and give away would be perfect for all the shows I was doing in the fall. I could use them for a promotional tool, and people could buy them and use them to give my cards as gifts.
They were a hit! They were also a hit with my fellow Demos when I brought one originally for show and share and then taught them how to make their very own. Now I will teach you too…
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Stampin' Up! 12x12 DSP (If not SU!, must be double-sided)
- Simply Scored
- Paper Snips
- Sticky Strip
WHAT YOU DO:
- Choose your preferred side of your paper. Make sure you score properly so that the area you want showcased works. For my sample above, I had to make sure I scored it properly to accommodate the pattern (that was only on part of the DSP). You also want to make sure that a pattern won't be upside-down when you flip over the top flap.
- Score your 12x12 paper at: 3/8", 5-3/8", 6-1/4" and 11-1/4".
- Turn your paper a quarter turn and score at 2" (top) and 11-1/4" to make a 3/4" bottom. Again, make sure you score the right sides that you want to be the top and bottom of your bag, if your paper isn't a consistent pattern throughout.
- Cut your tabs. Cut along each vertical line, up to the 3/4" score line (bottom of the bag).
- Optional: cut angles in your tabs at the bottom of your bag. I do this because I think it's a cleaner look.
- Crease along all your score lines and fold over your top "handle".
- Run a piece of Sticky Strip down the 3/8" side. It's important to run it as close to the edge as possible.
- Peel and stick your two sides together. Do not overlap the two sides past the Sticky Strip, otherwise your bag will be wonky. (Note: This is the only way I could make my bag work properly to the dimensions I needed from one piece of DSP). :)
- Add a piece of Sticky Strip to one of the bottom tabs and adhere together.
- Pinch & crease the sides slightly at the top to give the bag a little more dimension.
- Punch your handles using the XL Oval Punch from Stampin' Up!. Punch one side at a time.
- Optional: create tags from the punched-out ovals. You know me, I like to use every last bit of paper! ha.
- Your bag is complete! Use it how you like. I've used mine for cards (fits anywhere from one to eight 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cards & envelopes depending on how many embellies you have on them). I've also used them for small gifts.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. I'd love to hear what you think! I also don't mind you sharing this, but please do not sell my tutorial because I have given it to you for free. I would also appreciate you credit me/my site if you share.
Until next time, stay crafty!