I'd like to take this chance to wish everyone that visits my blog a very happy new year, I hope that 2010 is a great year for you all.....x
I am not going to bother making any New Year's Resolutions as I never keep them LOL but I will add that I really hope that I manage to keep up with the 365 calendar art journalling challenge!
I also have some exciting news to share. A new challenge blog run by Caroline from Bubbly Funk goes live today and I am thrilled to have been chosen to be on the design team! The new challenge blog is called
VANILLA SUGAR........SWEETLY HANDMADE
and will feature a challenge on the first of each month. The focus will be on hand made gifts and home decor. I really hope you will visit the blog and gain some inspiration from it.
January's theme is coasters and I chose to make small gift bags using beer mats/coasters as the front and back. I made a few different depths of bags that will suit holding different things.
My favourite bag is the one that holds a notelet and birthday book set.
Here are the instructions for how I made it.
2 beer mats / coasters
1 sheet of patterned paper
3 sheets of A4 card that co-ordinates
3 sheets of white A4 card.
Ribbon to match
To make the bag cut 2 pieces of ribbon each 6.5" long and adhere to the inside of each bag. Then cover the front of each coaster with patterned paper and the back with card. Sand and ink edges. Cut a piece of card for the sides - 24cm x 6cm. Score the long sides 1cm in from each edge and the short eges at 8cm and 16cm.
Attach red DST to the long ends and adhere to the coasters.
Decorate the front of your bag and voila - hardly takes any time!
To make the birthday book I cut a piece of card 17.5 x 8cm and scored at 8cm and 9.5cm for the outside. Adhere a piece of patterned paper to the front and decorate. I printed the word "birthdays" using Word on the PC and punched it out.
Cut another piece of card 12cm x 7.8cm and score every 1cm and fold in a concertina fashion.
Cut 7.8cm squares of card (5) and adhere to each of the concertina folds that stick out. Glue a length of ribbon to the inside front and back cover. Cut 7.5cm squares (12) in white card and stamp with the months of the year.
Glue these on to the pages.
The notelet holder was made by cutting a piece of card 17cm x 8cm and scoring at 8cm and 9cm. Decorate the front in the same way as the birthday book and put the sticky notes inside.