I participated in a super fun swap at Convention to spark new ideas and inspire you. It was called a Bag & Tag Swap. This meant that I had to dress up a gift bag with a minimum of 2 layers and one embellishment as well as create a tag with the same requirement. The swap was for 5 people which meant I should have come home with 4 bags other than mine based on the themed group I was in. Unfortunately one of the ladies didn’t make it to the swap so instead I came home with 3 inspiring ideas plus my own.
I joined two groups, Wedding and Birthday and today I am sharing the wedding swaps with you.
I will begin with my own swap first. I must say I was completely thrilled with the way it turned out. I had a lot of people taking photos of it while I waited to swap mine out with the others in my group. I even had one friend say she is copying it for a wedding gift that she needs to bag up this month. She was going to create her own but loved this one so much she asked if I was okay with her CASE’ing it. Hello! Of course I am. Isn’t that what our papercrafting world is about? CASE’ing! (copy and share everything) People inspire me everyday so it was nice to know that I in turn was able to inspire someone else.
This first photo shows you the entire bag, it is a 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ bag from a local craft store.
This second photo shows you a close up view of the dress. I used a fabric/ organza trim found at Len’s Mill Store and cut into strips, each one a bit longer than the previous piece, to create the skirt portion of the wedding dress.
And finally a close up of the tuxedo tag!
- Measure your bag and then cut your cardstock to the correct width and length desired
- Adhesive – Use a high quality glue on fabrics so that each layer sticks together. I used Fabri-tac but I think that Sticky Strip may work as well. (don’t quote me on this)
- The tag – to create a tag that opens take a piece of Whisper White cardstock, fold in half and then place your heart framelit over top while leaving one edge shy of the folded edge to keep it from cutting out a full heart. Clear as mud? This will allow you to have a folded tag. Cut a second full heart from Basic Black cardstock, then cut a clit about 1/2″ in from the valley and gently fold over each side to create the lapel of a tuxedo. Tie a small piece of 1/8″ Black Taffeta ribbon and attach using a glue dot for the bow tie. The buttons were created by making dots with the brush end of the Basic Black Marker.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Modern Medley Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper Accessories: Big Shot, Heart Framelits, Dress Up Framelit, Hung Up Cute Clips, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 3/8″ Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Pierce Mat, Basic Black Marker, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Paper Snips
Here are the other 3 swaps I received from this group:
The first one is by someone unknown as they did not leave their name/ info with their swap 🙁 I do love how she took the glimmer paper and with the help of our circle punches created wedding rings!
This second bag was created by Debra Brown. That wedding cake sure is an eye catcher. I also love the Chalkboard technique used on the tag.
The third bag I received is again from someone unknown as they too did not leave their name. Unfortunately I found the tag much later as it was not attached to the bag so it is not shown in this photo. This bag features some rich yet elegant colours.
I hope this has given you some inspiration to create some of your own unique gift bags and tags. It is really quite easy to do and truly a lot of fun.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.