Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Recycling with MOSD

What a busy month! If you're like most people, you've spent the last few weeks shopping, baking, visiting, decorating, and hopefully crafting! With just a couple of days left, I'd like to share a quick and easy gift bag that took minutes to put together, and I had to buy nothing to make it!

I started with a plain brown shopping bag. The best part is I didn't even buy a craft gift bag - I reused a bag from one of my shopping excursions. Most of these gift store bags may have a design printed on one side. That's OK - you're going to cover it up anyway.

I didn't want to use the twisted paper handles that the bag came with, so I just cut off the top of the bag. I cut a piece of 8x8 paper down to fit the width of the bag, and then cut a strip to adhere across the top. I punched the edge of this strip with a border punch for added style. I adhered both of these papers to the bag. Next, I adhered patterned paper to the MOSD chipboard Postage Stamp Build A Book page, which becomes the focal point and matt for the sentiment. On top of the covered chipboard page, I added a torn piece of sheet music, and then a chipboard frame with sentiment.

To replace the handles that I removed, I cut holes in the top with my Crop A Dile and then knotted a length of ribbon through each hole. Now I have pretty handles that match my bag.

You could make these bags as simple or as elaborate as your time allows. The MOSD chipboard pages add another shape to the bag, and some dimension to help your design stand out.

I hope you have a merry, festive, and peaceful Christmas. We'll be celebrating at home, thankful for all the blessings we've had this year.

Until next year,


Julie Boeck said...

This is so gorgeous! I love all the papers you used and the design of the bag! A lucky person will get that gift bag!


dianapena8 said...

I never thought of using shopping bags for that, and some are made out of great material, what a great. I really like how you gave that creative use to the chipboard piece =Di

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

Awesome I idea! As a frugal scrapper, I love anything the promotes repurposing items! Happy Holidays!

Carolyn Lontin said...

WOW! this is amazing!!