Use Up 12×12″ Christmas Paper Pads

I’m tired of using the same Christmas paper pads, so decided I’d use all I have by making Christmas bags for next year. For each bag you make you’ll use either three pages of 12 x 12″ scrapbook paper for the 12″ x 12″ x 3″ bags or two pages if you make the bag from this video. I made a bunch of 12 x 12 x 3″ bags as well as the bag I make in this video. If you want to make the 12 x 12″ bags, here’s a video where I make them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oklXF8466c The papers I used, I’ve had for a while and were an old DCWV pack…couldn’t find the title, sorry.

To make 8 1/2″ x 9″ x 3″ bags, you’ll use two pieces of 12 x 12″ paper. You’ll need to score one piece of paper (the front) with the pattern facing the top of your scoreboard at 3″ and 11 1/2″ then turn one turn and score at 3″ and at 4 1/2″ but only to the first score line, then turn back to the pattern facing the top of the scoreboard again, and score at 1 1/2″ down to the first score. Take it out of the scoreboard but use your stylus and a ruler and go the the box I drew in the video and score on a diagonal from the top center score to the bottom left side of the box and from the center score to the bottom right side of the box.

The back piece has got a 4 1/2″ score that runs across the paper, so you should be able to tell the difference when you look at both pieces…Here’s the scoring for the back. With the pattern facing the top of your scoreboard, score at 3″ and 11 1/2″ then turn one turn and score at 3″ and 4 1/2″ then turn back so the pattern faces up again, and score at 1 1/2″ down to the 4 1/2″ score. Take it out of the scoreboard but use your stylus and a ruler and go the the box I drew in the video and score on a diagonal from the top center score to the bottom left side of the box and from the center score to the bottom right side of the box. Fold and burnish all of your scores.

You’ll trim both pieces the same way: Where you scored at 1 1/2″ and 3″ on the left side of your paper, at the bottom on that 3″ score, you’ll cut up to the other 3″ score cutting out the score lines and cutting a wedge out of the left and right side of the “box”. Then on the 11 1/2″ score, cut out the bottom section up to the 3″ score (including the score line) and then cut a small wedge out of the top and bottom of the 11 1/2″ scored area.

You’ll also need a piece that will act as a lid, it’s 4″ by 8 1/2″ scored on the 4″ length at 1 1/2″ then round the two corners that are the furthest away from the score line you just made. My corner rounder is a Kadomaru Pro and here’s the link on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/2rvchj2x (I’m not affiliated with Amazon and don’t get paid for YouTube, so only tell you about products so you know how to find them.)

Put tear tape on the face of the 11 1/2″ score line and on the face of the “box” you cut out on the left side of your paper at the bottom. I put tear tape on the inside of the bottom 3″ score section for the front of the bag and on the face of the back of the bag. Remember, the back has that extra score line that runs across at 4 1/2″. I added wet glue to the tear taped area so I could pick the paper back off if I laid it on the wrong spot.

To adhere the papers to each other, lay them both face up with the 11 1/2″ score line of one sheet is laying between the two papers. You’ll want to lay the left paper up the 11 1/2″ score line lining up the 3″ scores near the bottom of the pages and the top of the pages should also line up. Then fold the bag and when you do this you should be able to close the bag onto the other 11 1/2:” score to close the bag. Then take the bottom of the back of the bag and fold it into the bag, then take the side flaps and adhere them to the piece inside the bag, and fold the front piece’s 3″ scored area onto the other pieces and rub them well with a ruler to ensure they’re all well attached to each other.

I took ribbon that was 18″ long (I think mine was too long) and straightened it with a hair straightener and then took the lid I mention above and laid one end of the ribbon under the “lid” 2″ from the right side and attached the ribbon with tear tape and wet glue and then laid a piece of tear tape on the outside of the lid straight up from where the ribbon comes out of the underside of the lid and lay the ribbon on it . Take the other end of the ribbon and attach it the same way 2″ from the left side of the lid. Attach the lid to the back of the bag after pinching the bag to make it flatten out with tear tape and wet glue. I added an old Tim Holtz embellishment to the front after adding two pieces of Velcro to the underside of the lid about 1″ from each side.

I distressed my bag with Soft Suede ink from Stampin’ Up.

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