Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Fun Tutorial at The Kraft Journal

Hello friends and welcome to my latest tutorial for The Kraft Journal where this week, I'm sharing a project that combines two quick and easy tutorial ideas into one sweet little project perfect for gift-giving.  I started out my project by grabbing a sweet little Small Kraft Paper Sack from The Kraft Outlet as seen here:
I simply folded it in half bringing the bottom up to the top (opening), but leaving about a half-inch border at the top.  I ran this through my sewing machine, creating a quick paper bag "pocket" perfect for giving a gift card or tucking photos, notes, or memories inside.  You will also see that I cut out a little wedge of paper at the top of the paper bag and attached a length of Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon to make it pop.
Super easy, huh!?  You now have now made your Paper Bag Pocket, and you can tuck things inside and decorate it any way you like.  I decided to make a flag banner for mine, and here's how I did it:
I took a length of Red Baker's Twine and three different styles of Decorative Washi Tape including the Red & White Polka Dot, the Tape Measurer Washi Tape, and the Black & White Polka Dot washi tape.
Measure how long you want your baker's twine to be by finding the middle of your card, layout, or project.  Place your first strip of washi tape in the middle.  You simply double over the washi tape even if it's too long, and let it hang.  Just double it over, space them out however far apart you like them, and then.... simply snip each piece of washi tape to create little flag for your banner.  This is really easy and works great on scrapbook layouts, cards, or across any project including an album.  Next, I tied bows in my baker's twine right where I wanted to attach them.  I adhered them to my Paper Bag Pocket with a touch of hot glue at the bows.
For the final step of this project, I took advantage, once again, of all the pockets that you get when you make albums and pockets from paper bags.  Hey, they're built right in....why not make them look cute?
I used a piece of Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock to cut a little tag for the pocket and decorated that using a Jenni Bowlin General Store Postage Stamp Sticker.  At the bottom, I added a Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Button tied with some more black and white baker's twine.
I hope that these little ideas have been helpful to you.  You can find everything you need to try either of these techniques by visiting The Kraft Outlet.  You can also make this Paper Bag Pocket by using an ordinary brown paper lunch bag.  Then, you're got your "kraft" product so that you can enter our challenge this week!  We love having you play along in our weekly challenges for the chance to win some of The Kraft Outlet's awesome products.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to say hello.  I hope that these projects are helpful to you, and that you will grab a kraft paper lunch bag (or other kraft products) and join our challenge this week.  I am truly grateful for all of you who stop by and visit my blog.  It means so much, and I want you all to know how VERY much I enjoy visiting all of your blogs as well.  May God bless you as you create the art He lays on your hearts, and always remember that your talents come from Him, and therefore......they are beautiful!

Simon Says Stamp & Show Vintage Challenge Blog - Challenge Brought to You By The Letter S - This project was made using a Simple Sack - a plain kraft lunch bag sack!

With thanks for you all,


  1. This is quick and cute, for sure. I'm rethinking my washi tape. I thought I had made a silly purchase, but these banners/pennants look great! TFS!


  2. That is so cute, Karen! What a great idea!

  3. Can't find your post with the WAW example. It is so beautiful with those lovely baby shoes.

  4. This is such an awesome tutorial. I will have to give this a try. And I just love the washi tape as well as the twine.
    TFS AJ-

  5. This is a simply beautiful card! I like the idea of using a paper bag, and especially those clever little flags you made with washi tape. Blessings, my friend!

  6. Such an awesome little project. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Karen, my sweet, sweet sister in Christ -what a great tutorial - you are so great at tutorials -yes, I think you should write a book and make lots of money and then send me a small check in the mail because I made the suggest that you create your own "Tutorials by Karen" book - then we would both have the "dough" rolling in - cute, cute! Wonderful idea - I may create one of these for the challenge ..... we shall see! Enjoy your day! I am going to my corner now.......

  8. What a great project!! Thanks for the instructions, too!!

  9. How cute is that! Thanks for sharing. I've got lots of paperbags including mini in pink, red and white. Can't wait to try that technique

  10. Karen,
    Another very sweet tutorial and I have made 4 already.

  11. This is delightful and oh so simple....well you make it sound that way! I would love to try this! Have a beautiful day!

  12. This is so cute! Love your banner and the ruler ribbon is perfect here. Thanks so much for sharing your s-inspiration with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


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