Sunday, February 20, 2011

matching gift bag? (got it!)

a matching gift bag is always nice...especially when you only realize at the very last minute that you don't have a box to accomodate a gift for say, your inlaws' anniversary gift. i used this week's regular sketchy thursdays sketch, (as opposed to the special "second chance challenge" card sketch made especially for this week's jingle belles prompt, i mean); it looks a bit like this:

most people use these gorgeous sketches for layouts. every once in a while someone like myself makes a card... (about which diana & heidi & the gang are very gracious and generous with their kind comments!) ...or, say...a giftbag. well, hey, a good sketch can be used for ANYTHING, right? from an ATC to a canvas to a layout to a card, you just adapt the elements to fit your project!

in addition to being inspired by the sketch itself, i totally love what sketchy thursday design team member tomomi did with her layout this week, especially the bunting she added to the top! knowing i already had a card with a butterfly banner...and leftover punched butterflies from making that banner...well, it seemed silly not to use them up.

i've been wanting to try hand-cutting a title for a while now. i wasn't sure how well my penmanship would stand up to this treatment, and i confess to "neatening" it a bit whilst cutting, but i think it looks surprisingly good, actually, so you'll be seeing this again, i think. :) the only tip i'd give to anyone wanting a similar effect is to write with a big marker on scrap paper, staple it to your patterned paper...

cut the inner bits (of the a's and e's and o's) with a craft knife FIRST...and then, finally, use scissors to carefully cut around the contours of your word.

i attached mine to the bag with thin strips of foam tape, after inking around the edges to give it a little more dimension...and hide any small scissor-related boo-boos. et voila! i think my work here is done.



  1. You did an awesome job! it looks fantastic!

  2. what a fabulous gift bag, lauren! love how you take sketches and use them for all kinds of projects. what a great idea! ohmygosh, you fussy cut all those words. how awesome is that!!! your inlaws will love their gift bag and card. thanks for sharing and have a lovely Sunday! *hugs* steph :)

  3. Thank you for the "lesson" on the hand-cut title... love the gift bag ( I never think of ideas like that)... I must try them both. Also for your nice comments!!!!!!

  4. Absolutely amazing!! I love the bag. You are so good with making anything and everything. I'm so worried with gift bags they'll be thrown away! LOVE the lettering.

  5. Fantastic!! Love that hand lettering!!! Such the neat giftie duo!

  6. Obrigada por escrever em meu blog...
    Que máximo essa dica de escrever num papel e recortar, vou experimentar!!

  7. You are so clever .. I know I couldn't do this ... the cutting I mean ... just following the sketch would be an achievement for me! But I LOVE the result of your work ..

  8. You are a ROCK STAR!! I love love love love those butterflies and that heart!!! Rock on girl! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  9. Wow, love your giftbag and I love how you used the sketch for it!Beautiful handwriting and your tip is awesome!
    Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!

  10. WOW! the bag is a gift in it's self!! beautiful :)
    way to rock the handwriting and cutting for your word!!!


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