Quote of the Week

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's All About the Bag!

I've got a very easy project to share with you today.  You know how much I love recycling, right?  Well, this elegant bag started out as a Business Reply Envelope.  For some reason, the University of Phoenix thinks that I was in the Armed Forces and wants me to apply.  HA!  They obviously don't know what a wimp I am.  I could never have the courage or drive to be in the Armed Forces.  So, I decided to use the Reply Envelope to make a Bagalope.  Have you ever made one of these?  I think these are the coolest, easiest , most incredible thing.  Really!  Look what an elegant thing you can make from an envelope....

These are great little gift bags.  Just fill with whatever your heart desires.  I've used them to give chocolate, candies, friendship tea.  Great treat bags for kid's classrooms.  The larger the envelope, the bigger the bag.  Here's my tip on these....Go to your local pharmacy or anyplace that sells cards and ask them if they have extra, leftover envelopes.  Usually they will have a bunch from cards that didn't sell.  They are typically larger envelopes and you can usually get them for FREE!  Yes!  My favorite "F" word;).

So how do you make these fabulous things?????

Here's a tutorial I made up for you.  I've never done it like this before so let me know if it doesn't work.

I think that if you click on the picture it will enlarge and then you can select to print it.  Now, you may have to select ( Shrink to Fit) on your printer because I made a little Boo Boo.  I was so excited to use my new PhotoShop for this and merged and locked all the layers and then realized I had some typos and the margins went over the edge for printing.  Hey, I'm a novice and not very bright.  You should still be able to figure it out.  Good luck!  Let me know if there is a problem and I will do a normal tutorial on my blog instead.

BTW, this was made using that Stamper's Anonymous set called, Shabby French.  I made it as my last project for Simply Scrapbooks.  The topper is made using a Spellbinders Label die.  Just cut it out and folded it over the top.  I punched holes on the end to thread my crinkle ribbon through to close it.  The entire back of the topper is adhered to the bag.

I'm entering this into the following challenge.....
The Pink Elephant- Something Yummy...HELLO!  Chocolates inside is YUMMY!

Have a great Thursday!


Crystal said...

Fantastic Bag Nikki, great colors...LOVE IT!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Fabulous bag, Nikki!! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions!!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

I adore tis! I LOL at your wimp comment. me too! Will give this ago! Thanks

Addii said...

прекрасна идея!страхотно изпълнение

Maria Matter said...

oh how cool is this, never saw one of these before! It's gorgeous Nikki! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions!
take care

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

What a cool project idea. You always have the best ideas, Nikki.


craft-princess said...

This is soooooooooo cool! Love the colors too!! Thanks for the early birthday wish and also wanted to say thanks for following and mentioning me over at Stamping Vacation...means alot! :)

Beate said...

Gorgeous bagalope, Nikki. Love the dramatic color combo. Black/red/white always rocks!
Hgus and smiles