Now that I have all my Christmas gifts made for my co-workers, I need to package them. I do love the packages made using the front & center die, but I didn't purchase one because I felt I could make something similiar using what I already own.
Together with my edgers #4 die and the Oval Coluzzle; mission accomplished.
It took some experimenting to get the right height. Since my gifts are 6" tall, I knew my paper bag had to be slightly taller. So I cut the bag at 71/2 ". Determining the size of the panels was trial & error. I cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2 by 11, used the edger die on one edge, cut the oval for the handle and preceded to cut 1/2 inch segments from the bottom until I had the right height. I ended up using a panel 10" by 5 1/2".
I wanted to use white paper bags. After scouring the party section of several stores with no luck, I found that Walmart had white paper lunch bags.
On my wishlist is the snowflake die. However, I wanted a snowflake as as a focal point to continue the theme with the pattern paper, so I went to the Dollar Store and bought a package of 10 plastic, glittery snowflakes for $1.
A close up of the right side of the bag.
For those of you who are eyeing the Front & Center die, but have an edger's die (# 2 & 4 would work best) don't be afraid to make your own faux one. You'll save your self a lot of money and get the same result. These bags are really fun & easy to make, especially after you make one. I have 3 completed. My intention is to complete 2 a night.
One of my goals for 2012 is to become more creative with what I already have.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are done with your shopping and are beginning to wrap your "goodies".