Making a New Size Card, Using a 6 3/4 “Personal” Envelope

I bought a box of envelopes at the Dollar Tree link: https://tinyurl.com/y4569olb for sending letters, and realized we don’t seem to use these envelopes in card making…And why not? I’m not sure.  The envelopes are much cheaper than the A2 size envelopes and 6 x 6″ card stock pads are perfect for layering on these card bases….so let’s give this a try.

I took the larger die from InLoveArts.com (Double Circle Dies Link: https://bit.ly/34LwhBT) and die cut the circle.  I cut matching apricot colored cardstock from Stampin’ Up (retired color) and cut the card base to 6 3/4″ across scored at 3 3/8″ and 6 1/4″ tall.

I cut the origami paper that I got from InLoveArts (link: https://bit.ly/3binny9) to 3 1/8″ x 6″ to line the card base.

I stamped from the “Congrats” die and stamp set from Hero Arts link: https://tinyurl.com/yyooxj57 the words “on your graduation” in Stampin’ Up’s retired Only Orange die ink and then used a Distress Ink marker to make it darker, then I added clear embossing powder and heat set it. I die cut the “Congrats” out of white cardstock and then used Black Enamel Accents (link: https://tinyurl.com/yy4b8l2y) from Ranger to make Congrats shiny and raised. I folded the apricot circle die cut around the card base and used Plus Corporation tape runner (link: https://tinyurl.com/y4js94uz) from Amazon to attach it to the card base. I used a Zig 2 Way Glue Pen link: https://tinyurl.com/yxo3qzzn to add glue to the tiny outside lines of the circle.

I used Martha Stewart’s Birds on a Wire border punch (retired) link on Ebay: https://tinyurl.com/y596855a on white cardstock and used a length of it for inside the card.  I added washi tape to the envelope and glued a row of the white punched birds on top of the washi tape. Make sure it’s well adhered or it will come off while going through the mail.

7/30-7/31/2020

I decided I need to get rid of some of the things I don’t use, and probably never will.  I could sell them on Ebay, but that’s so much work, that I decided to put them on Splitcoaststampers.com.  It’s a lot easier, and there aren’t any fees involved, but there’s a much smaller audience.  So I listed a bunch of border paper punches and corner rounders and all-over-the page paper punches, as well as a ton of retired Stampin’ Up cardstock.  When I first started stamping, I went on Splitcoaststampers and bought a lot of retired colors of cardstock that I really liked.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but there’s no way I could ever use this much paper.  I’m seriously over-the-top with cardstock.  The colors are great, but you can only use so much 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
I wasn’t sure how much to charge for the cardstock, so based it on what another seller is charging for hers, but I think it must be over-priced, and I’ll reduce the price in a few days.  (I feel kind of dumb, changing the price in the first couple of days that it’s listed.)  What advice do you have?

On a less than happy note, Rich had his hip replaced last Halloween, and felt terrific until January…Since then, his thigh and knee have been hurting and they can’t seem to figure out why.  The surgeon injected his knee with cortisone, and that didn’t help.  He said he’s doing one test/procedure at a time to try to eliminate what’s not wrong, since he doesn’t know what is wrong.  So this morning, at 5:45AM (can you believe the timing), Rich had an MRI.  We’re not sure what that’s supposed to eliminate, but I’m hoping one of the tests he has done will reveal what is wrong.  Rich says it feels like tendinitis, but the surgeon doesn’t think that’s it.  It’s really frustrating for him, and I’m hoping it starts to feel better soon.

I went to a bunch of garage sales this morning, and the crowds were unbelievable.  This summer, there haven’t been a lot of people at garage sales, but today, every sale we went to had at least ten cars, and that’s a lot for around here.  I’m a sucker for little kids selling anything, and today they were selling “monster bars,” that were like a chocolate chip cookie with M&M’s instead of chocolate chips, and cut into bar shapes.  They were still warm out of the oven when we bought them….You can’t beat that.  The house was four houses away from ours, and if Rich hadn’t been back in bed to make up for his early morning, I would have brought one home for him right then…Instead, my girlfriend and I ate ours before we made it to the next sale. (Sometimes you have to take one for the team, haha) The only other thing I found, were sofa and loveseat dog covers for furniture.  I’ve bought several sets of them from stores, and the backing always seems to fray.. I think it’s because I wash them so much, because I don’t want my house to smell like dog hair (and I convince myself that it does, even though we are obsessive about it.)  I figured since I never have good luck with the ones I buy from stores, maybe I should try buying them from garage sales instead.  The woman I bought them from said she never used them (and they looked like it.)  I’ll let you know if the work out well or not.

Today, I uploaded the kite video that I collaborated with Rebecca from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, the pegstamps.com owner.  We both really struggled making these cards, and I was impressed when I watched her video, because she explained the layers so much better than I did.  The big issue was the card size.  The card we were using for measurements gave the wrong scoring measurement.  The length of the card (that folds in half to make two kites) was supposed to be 11″, and scored in the middle at 5″…and that’s where the problem originated.  It should have been scored at 5 1/2″, but I decided maybe the length was the problem, so I changed my length to 10″ and stayed with the 5″ score….Rebecca on the other hand, read the notes below the video, where the cardmaker said she gave the wrong score, and it should have been 5 1/2″….From there on out, our cards are sized differently because we went in two different directions.  I had to laugh because at one point, Rebecca referred to the kite as a puzzle from hell, and she wasn’t wrong.  I’m just happy I finished my card and the video, and we both decided, sometimes an easy fun fold card, isn’t as simple as it looks.

Beach Card w/ Real Sand & LillaRose Giveaway

I wanted to make a card that incorporated some sea inspired bobby pins my friend Debbie sent me. She graciously has agreed to give a $17 store credit to a lucky viewer on August 5th.

To be eligible to win, you need to go to her website and create an account with them. To do that, all you need to do is go to lillarose.biz/alwaysJOY and in the top right corner, click on “sign in” and then you’ll create an account. (No purchase is necessary to be eligible.)

Debbie Berndt’s contact information is:

Cellphone: 269-414-6090

Email: dberndt57@yahoo.com

Address: 63476 Pierson Rd Cassopolis, MI 49031

Lilla Rose link: http://www.lillarose.biz/alwaysJOY

I started with a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of white cardstock and a 5″ x 7″ card base. Using the  4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ cardstock, I took blending brushes link:

Aliexpress link: https://tinyurl.com/ybxlyo8v Cost per brush: $1.43 + .73 shipping (from China)

Ebay linkhttps://tinyurl.com/y7aoxyk2 Cost per brush $1.46

and Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass with a mask I made from cardstock and cutting mountains and valleys.. I blended the inks into the card front and moved the mask and inked again. I probably inked about 1/3 of the length of the card front. I used Broken China to add more dimension to the clouds, then went to the mid section (the ocean) and colored it with Salty Ocean. I created a straight line for the horizon, and then colored straight down about another 1/3rd of the card front. I decided I wanted 3-D waves, so cut cardstock to 4 3/4″ wide by 1 1/2″ tall and then cut waves out of one, then put that image up against the other strips I’d cut, and using a pencil, traced the waves, then cut them out so all of the waves were the same. I added fun foam to the back of the waves. I used Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and rubbed the ink pad over the bottom 1/3rd of the card stock to create a beach. I dried it then added Collage Pauge over the sand portion of the card, and then added sand to it. I should have punched out holes to put the other bobby pins in it on the card before adding sand, so if you attempt this, made sure you punch the holes out first before adding waves or sand. I die cut clouds and originally put a sentiment on the largest cloud, but didn’t like it, so die cut more clouds and laid them over the first set. To add the turtle bobby pin, I didn’t consider how long it’s “legs” were, so had to take all of the clouds off, and put the wave with the turtle on it at the top of my waves, then lay the other waves below it, cutting out the fun foam behind them where the legs of the bobby pin would go. On the 5″ x 7″ card base, I used Antique Linen distress oxide ink and rubbed it around the edges so when I glued the card front to it, the edges wouldn’t be white. I had added fun foam and tear tape to the back of the card front so the bobby pins were protected, then decided hot glue might be the best way to adhere it to the card base…and it worked. Yay!!

After I finished the video, I thought it would be fun to add a shark fin to the waves, and added inside the card, the theme from “Jaws”…Ba Da Ba Da Ba Da…I think our niece will get a kick out of it.  You can see the shark fin in the photo for the video.

The sentiment came from a Hero Arts set called Hello.

7/27-7/29/2020

I have been working late into the night for the last two nights on projects I’ve made.  The first was a card I made to fit in personal size envelopes.  They’re call #6 3/4. If you never knew where the term A2 sized cards comes from, it’s from the size of the envelope.  I guess I could have called my card a #6 3/4, but that sounded kind of weird, so I called it a personal card instead, as that’s the other name given to this size envelope.  I wanted to call it something like “short and fat” but it was neither, and since there’s already a slim- line card, I couldn’t use tall and skinny, as basically, that name was already taken.  I could have called it a little taller and a little skinnier than an A2 card, but that was just confusing to me…so, I went with personal…I hope viewers come up with a better name for it..I sure couldn’t think of one.

Then I made a kite shaped card that my friend, Rebecca, from Pegstamps.com is also making with me.  I’d seen it on Mixed Up Crafts, and had already tried (and failed) to make it twice.  I was obsessed with making it correctly, so made it for the third time last night.  The problem was two-fold.  I used heavyweight cardstock (kiss of death) and couldn’t get the folds to work properly, and the Mixed Up Craft channel gave the wrong card dimensions.  She said to make the card 11″ long, but her center score was 5″ which doesn’t work out mathematically.  So I tried scoring at 5 1/2″ (which was right), but I did it with heavy card stock so it didn’t fold right.  Then I changed the measurement to 10″ long and my score mark stayed at 5″ so the folds were right.  The thing she doesn’t show, it cutting out the kite to ensure they fold together correctly.  The way I finally made it work, was to draw the lines for the kite on one side, (it’s two kites folded in the center) then I pinched the two halves together and holding them tightly, cut out both kites at once..  It worked and I can’t tell you how relieved I was that it did.  I was up until 1AM trying to make it work.

And lastly, another 1AM night, I made a card with real sand and bobby pins of sea life attached to the card front.  It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally made it work.

I spent more time on my great-niece’s album, and now I’m down to the front and back covers and it will be finished.  Just wait until you see how thick it is.  It’s probably 4″ thick at this point, and I’m sure, after she adds her photos, that it will get thicker.  I hope she likes it.

 

7/24-7/26/2020

Friday is the day my girlfriend and I go to garage sales.  Some days are much better than others, and this one, was a big dud…I spent a whopping 50 cents for some charms you hang on cards.  I know you’re thinking “That’s Amazing!!,” or something similar..  It wasn’t good.  It’s fun to spend time with other people (wearing my mask, of course,) but it’s still disappointing when you can’t even find stuffed animals for the dogs.

Saturday was all about craftiness.  A company asks me to review their hot glue gun that was $26, a lot of money for a glue gun.  It came with three finger protection rubber pieces and ten glue sticks, and still, I thought the gun was overpriced.  My initial thought about the gun was this…Why is it smoking?  Then I decided the glue was too hot…I’m talking, melt wax paper hot.  I tried testing the finger protectors by putting a drop of glue on my craft mat and touching it with the finger protector..  The hot glue was going to burn me, so I removed the finger protector before it did.  There were other issues with the gun, and let’s just say, I won’t be making the video, as the company thought they should take my concerns back to their engineering department…Good idea!

I also tried figuring out how to make a card that looked like a beach, with real sand, and fake 3-d waves.  I thought I could make the waves look 3-d by using Oxide inks and different colors, but that didn’t look good.  So I cut wave strips and put some fun foam behind a few layers, and I’m still not sure how good it looks, but at least it’s better than it was with just using inks.  I tried making a cloudy sky with inks, but decided since the waves and sand were three dimensional, the clouds needed to have that component as well.  So I die cut three little clouds and stamped “thinking of you” on the biggest cloud for a sentiment.  Now all I have to do is hope the waves can be glued in place with wet glue, otherwise I’m going to have to resort to using hot glue, and I’ve already had enough hot glue gun usage for one day.

I wanted to make this particular card idea, because I was given bobby pins with metal decorations on them.  One is a sand dollar, another is a sea turtle, and a third is a starfish.  I figured out how to weave them into the card so they look like they belong, but the card needs to have quite a bit of dimension, to accommodate the bulk you get when you use a bobby pin underneath the top card layer.  I thought it would be simple to add the sea turtle into the “waves,” but I failed to take into consideration how much length the “legs” of the bobby pin would need, and had to rip all of the waves off, and make a second set of waves…Then I got wet glue on one of them, and had to remake that wave.  Let’s just say this…If this card ends up being cute, I’ll be amazed.  I was up until after 1AM this morning, trying to finish it, and still, it’s not done..I’m hoping today is the day where it all comes together, or goes in the trash (minus the bobby pins, of course.)

Rich and I have been watching a series on NetFlix called the “Politician.”  It was created the the same people who made “Glee.”  Watching this show makes me realize how old I am.  In the series, they’re talking about climate change and what needs to be done to fix the environment.  One of the things they suggest, is taking cold showers and then using the water from the shower for other things, including drinking water.  All you have to do is boil it, seriously?  It’s lucky we have our own water well, because there’s absolutely no way I’d consider doing that.  Gross!

7/21-7/23/2020

We have a local church who has a clothing giveaway once a year, that I think is a truly wonderful idea.  Rich saw the note about this year’s giveaway on facebook, and we decided we were going to go through our closets and our drawers and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or we don’t wear.  It took us three days to complete, and in the end, I don’t think you can see much of a difference.  On the other hand, we used industrial size garbage bags and completely filled our car and trunk and partially filled my girlfriend’s car.  The church was thrilled to have the clothes, but Rich and I were embarrassed that we have accumulated so much.  It’s ridiculous, the amount of clothing we owned, and continue to own.  I tried to be particularly picky, choosing to get rid of anything that I was on the fence about, and still my dresser drawers are full.  I keep telling myself that I didn’t just buy all of these clothes in the last year, and that they’ve been accumulating over at least a decade, but still, it’s embarrassing.  The ladies at the church were thrilled to get them, and that made us feel a little better.

Today I went dress shopping with a close friend.  Her son is getting married the beginning of September, and she hadn’t shopped for her dress yet.  We started in a wedding dress shop, and after trying on several dresses, my friend decided bridal stores might not be right for what she’s looking for.  Sadly, bridal stores are the only stores that allow you to use their dressing rooms, as every other retailer has closed their dressing rooms.  I heard someone ask when the dressing rooms would open in a large retailer, and the salesperson said, “Maybe in a year and a half.”  Wow, I guess I didn’t look at this long term…So are we also assuming we’ll be wearing masks that long…how depressing.  It was a big wake up call for me for how long Covid will be infecting our lives.

The wedding is in a church and the reception at the mother-of-the-bride’s backyard under tents.  It was supposed to be a wedding for 200+ people, and since Covid, has been reduced to 80.  I feel sorry for brides, not knowing if their wedding will be cancelled at the last minute if we go back into quarantine, and even more sad for the businesses that make their living from weddings, like photographers, who live or die financially, by what happens next with Covid.

This wedding went from a very large upscale event, to a backyard intimate affair.  The mother-of-the-bride told my girlfriend, she hasn’t found her dress yet, and continues to buy a bunch online, try them on, and send them back.  Her idea of the right dress is something floral and lightweight, and not matching the wedding colors.  My girlfriend wants to do this traditionally, and is trying to come close to the wedding colors that are navy blue and burgundy.  Those aren’t traditional colors for that time of year, but originally, the wedding was mid-November, when those colors are more appropriate.  We had fun trying to find dresses that were in the colors of the wedding, and also a bargain, as my girlfriend loves a bargain.  In the end, she went home with seven or eight dresses from four or five stores, and we’re hoping one of them will fit her and make her happy..  Not just happy, the goal is to make her feel pretty, and when you get to be in your 60’s and 70’s, that’s not always easy to achieve.  We both have high hopes for one dress in particular.  It’s navy with a flowery flowing over cape?  (I’m not sure what you call those see-through over-the-head pieces that are being paired with simple dresses.)   The dress is really simple, but that cape (we’ll call it that since I’m not sure what it’s really called) is a navy, white and burgundy floral pattern, so matches all of the wedding colors.   We couldn’t have been luckier, finding it at the first store (after the bridal shop.)  It was on sale for under $20, so my girlfriend’s need for a bargain was also filled.  All in all, if that dress works out, she couldn’t have found anything more fitting for this wedding.  If it doesn’t, she’s got a bunch more to try on, and hopefully, one of those will work.  If she’s not happy with any of them, we’ll try again (although when we got home, I had to take a two hour nap to get over it.)  Let’s cross our fingers that she finds one in the stack that makes her feel pretty.  I really hope she does…

InLoveArts.com Crafty Haul

The nice people at InLoveArts.com sent me these products and I really appreciate them doing so.

6″ Origami Paper (this is much thicker than normal Origami paper, fyi) The letter for my paper is D in the paper options. link: https://bit.ly/3binny9

Grid and Lace Belt Border Dies (Die with hearts in the center) Link: https://bit.ly/34L8oKD

Double Circle Dies Link: https://bit.ly/34LwhBT

Fruit Cane Dies (rectangle dies) Link: https://bit.ly/3agr868

Candy Bow Cutting Dies Link: https://bit.ly/3exZAMI

Belt Decor Dies (Men’s Belt) Link: https://bit.ly/2ymCEQ0

Burlap Rose Link: https://bit.ly/3bjxeE3

7/19-7/20/2020

The college album I’m making for our great niece might just be the death of me.  I’ve made SO many mistakes and have had to rip it apart so many times.  You’d think once I’d made a mistake that I would learn from it and not make it a second time, no, that’s not the case.  I’ve put magnets in the wrong spots and glued the fold out sections too close to the center, at least three or four times.  What the heck?  I’m SO frustrated, and will be super glad when this is finished.  Of course you know that I’ll keep playing with it until I’m happy, so I might just rip it apart a few more times.  I’ll admit that the very last fold out section made me so frustrated that I used Velcro to hold it in place, as I (again) put the magnets in the wrong spot…I’ll never learn…But, I just might rip that whole section out because the Velcro adds bulk that makes the album bulge.  Crap!!!

I finished the art journal.  Can I say it’s finished when it’s still sticky and I can’t figure out how to fix that?  Boy, the last few days of crafting have been bad.  I think part of the problem is that it’s hot and humid here, so everything I craft seems to be humid, so wet glue dries almost instantly, and (I think) that’s why the art journal is so sticky.  I watched a video by my idol, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter, where she says to rub a sticky journal page with wax paper, and if that’s not enough wax, you can use paraffin wax on it.  I’m definitely going to give the wax paper treatment a whirl…and I’ll let you know if it works or not.

There’s a trend in the card making community called “slim line cards.”  Basically, they are cards that fit into business size envelopes.  I had to laugh when I heard this trend, because I’ve made a slim line card over two years ago..I’m a trend setter, haha…here’s my version.

Every once in a while, a new trend will surface, and it seems like an old trend reinvented.

I’m not sure that simply changing the size of a card is a trend, but since they’re calling it that, I’m going to create another trend, using the smaller envelopes you always see in stores (that I used to confuse with A2 size envelopes)….I think they’ve been used for letter writing in the past, and now, wait for it, I just might call these Sandy Sized Cards, as it’s better than short and fat cards, or shorter and fatter than an A2….I’m still thinking about what to call them.  If you have an idea, please let me know, so when I make the video, I have a name for them.. Here’s the envelope I’m talking about..It’s 3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″

View Mead #6 Security Envelopes, 80-ct.

7/17-7/18/2020

Wow, the summer’s going by so quickly, isn’t it?  Yesterday, I went to some garage sales with my girlfriend, and found a few things that made me happy.   Rich has been obsessing about growing potatoes in five gallon buckets, and I found a couple more buckets for next year’s “harvest.”  It’s amazing how thrilled you can be by finding buckets for 50 cents at a garage sale.  I also found a couple of perennials, and planted them yesterday.  It’s so hot here, that any time spent outside is too much time.  I also found a Shark Steam Mop for $15.  Since I just ordered one from Walmart for $70, I think the $15 is more in keeping with how often I’ll actually use it.  I tried the $15 version once already, and found it’s kind of tough to push (for me.)  I’m sure for other people it’s not difficult at all, but I struggled…Not all the time, but enough that my wrist hurt when I was done (and I didn’t do all the floors I wanted to do, darn it.)

I’ve decided I need to get some big garbage bags and go into my clothes closet and purge.  I have clothes in a closet in our basement from my years in banking that ended in 2005…They’re mostly suits, and not trendy, and I need to get rid of them.  What was I saving them for?  There’s a church that’s having a clothing giveaway next weekend, and I’m committed to getting rid of as many clothes as possible.  I have so many things that don’t fit or I don’t like, and it’s time to say goodbye.  It’s not like I don’t purge clothes, but apparently I don’t purge enough.  The other day, I was looking for a navy blue t-shirt with a silver buckle insert at the neckline..Could I find it anywhere?  No…So I asked Rich to help and his idea was to pull all of my clothes off of a shelf and onto the floor.  He found the shirt, but now I have a pile of clothes to refold.  I’m not fond of the shelf system, as I can’t seem to organize it to my liking and never find what I’m looking for…And the floor system is working great (haha), I can find anything…it’s also a great way to decide what to donate just by looking at them and saying to myself, “Will I ever wear that again?”   And I have more clothes than I could ever possibly wear, which is another problem.  I’d just like to downsize to the point that I know everything in my closet fits me,  and makes me happy….is that too much to ask?  (And yet I’ll bet after this purge I still won’t get to that point.)

Still working on the album for our great niece.  Today I found some brads on Ebay that would be perfect for the album, but when I went to check out, it said they couldn’t process the Paypal transaction….Since I was using my Paypal balance I knew it wasn’t my fault, but tried it several times, and still couldn’t get the payment to go through.  I tried signing off and back onto Paypal, and again, it didn’t work.  I was getting so frustrated, I wanted to throw my laptop across the room.  I’m not sure if I need to contact Ebay or Paypal, since I’m not sure where the problem lies.  I’m sure Ebay can’t afford to have their payment system stop working, so I thought I’d give it a little while and try again.  I hate it when things like this happen, because it makes me feel like I’m a deadbeat, even when I know I’m not.  Isn’t that nuts?  I remember when I was working, and at a local store, when the cashier told me my credit card didn’t work.  Keep in mind, I live in a small town and I was a bank manager, so that looked bad, especially as it was Christmas shopping time and there were a lot of people in line behind me, and the cashier wasn’t quiet about it.  I went home and contacted my credit card company, and they said my card had been hacked and someone tried to buy $6,000 worth of electronics online, but didn’t guess the expiration date correctly, so the credit card company cancelled my card to protect me, but didn’t think it was important enough to call me, only sent me a letter and a new credit card.  I’ve never understood how credit card companies can basically close your account and yet, think it’s not important enough to spend two minutes calling you for notification…Geez!  Luckily, this time it’s in the privacy of my own home, but I still don’t understand why Paypal isn’t working…And I hate calling any online retailer, as I know it’s going to be a long wait, and I just don’t have the patience for it.  Maybe this is a sign that I shouldn’t buy so much online…Darn it!

I decided to bite the bullet and contact Paypal.  After typing the issue online, they provided me with a six digit code and a telephone number to call.  It’s like trying to crack a safe, getting a contact telephone number for Paypal.. I was only on hold for a couple of minutes because I had a balance in my Paypal account.  Apparently if you don’t have a balance, the wait time can be pretty long. How do I know this?  They tell you that when you’re on hold…Good to know, huh?  The representative said, “I see you’ve tried to process this several times,” to which I wanted to say, “Because I had no choice,” but didn’t.  He said the reason it was declined….wait for it…..was because the seller no longer had the item available.  Couldn’t Ebay have given that as the reason instead of telling me my payment was declined?   So frustrating and so much time wasted, because a seller was too lazy to take down an item that’s no longer available.  Geez!

Paper Bag Pouch or Clutch DIY

I saw this craft on Scrapbooking with Me and thought it would be fun to try.  Using a lunch bag, push out the side seams so they stick out and make sure the fold is straight. There’s a triangle on the sides of the bag near the bottom, and you need to push those out, then fold them so they are flat. Then glue down anything that’s sticking up, and glue the bottom flap down. I like to cut the top of the bag off so that half-circle that’s at the center of the top of the bag is cut off.

Fold the opening of the bag up to a little below the square that’s on the bottom of the bag, then fold the bottom of the bag so that it’s about 1/8″ of an inch above the bag you just folded up…sorry, this is hard to explain… Using wet glue (I used Art Glitter Glue), put a thin line of glue on the sides to glue the bag shut. The top flap should not be glued, only the sides. Using patterned paper, measure your bag……Every bag is different….My bag needed one piece of patterned paper that was 7 13/16″ wide (and decided my paper trimmer wouldn’t work for 16th, so changed my measurements to 7 7/8″ wide and 3 3/4″ tall. That piece will cover under the flap. The next piece you need to lay on the long side of the bag….Lay it about 1/8″ above the bottom of the bag and using some kind of clips, clip the paper to the bag pattern side of the paper face up. Flip over the pouch and you’ll have the white side of the patterned paper. Using a pencil, trace the outline of the pouch, then remove the clips…Cut out the outline, and trim a little off both sides and the top so you have the paper bag showing on the edges. Score the white side where the paper goes from straight to angled as that’s where the fold is.

The paper I used is Love Nicole Medallion Wallpaper, from A C Moore..AC Moore was sold to Michaels, so I doubt you’ll find this paper in stores.

To make the paper cut out for under the flap, open the pouch and lay the pouch on the designer paper, design side up…It’s crucial that you trace it on the patterned side, or this won’t work. Lay the paper so it’s just above the fold of the pouch and then trace it and cut it out. It should then be trimmed a little on the sides and top so you can see the edges of the paper bag. I used tear tape on the backs of all of my papers but DIDN’T glue down anything, as I have brads I’m going to use for closure and need to add distress ink on the edges of the papers.

I chose Old Paper Distress ink and inked the edges of all of the designer paper I used. Using the longest piece of designer paper, I added wet glue to ensure I could move it if I had to, and laid it in place. Then I took a pokey tool and poked a hole in the center of the top flap (with a thick piece of foam under it so you don’t poke through the whole project) and about an inch from the bottom of the fold. Then you can put your first brad in place and  glue down the paper that goes under that flap. Next, lay the designer paper that is the front of the pouch (that’s under and below the flap) and put clips on it to hold it in place, but don’t glue it down. Poke a hole in the designer paper and one layer of the paper bag about an inch below the first brad. (Since I cut the top off of my paper bag, it leaves two layers and we only want to poke through one of those.) Remove the clips and put wet glue behind the designer paper and glue it in place.

I used a cord to hold the two brads..I pulled the cord around the top brad and tied it into a knot and added a drop of glue to make sure the knot holds. You’ll want to wrap the cord around the brad again, then wrap it around the bottom brad at least twice, then back around the top brad, then trim off excess cord.. I used hot glue to glue down three matching corduroy buttons to the front for decoration.