Back when I first became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and was thinking of starting my Robin's Craft Room blog in 2008, I spent a lot of time on my computer looking at blogs all over the place for both blog and design ideas. I even took an online class (a "webinar") to learn about blogging. It was then that I discovered the blog and work of a true paper crafting artist, Andrea Walford. Andrea's blog that summer was just what I needed to get myself crafting after an exhausting family medical crisis.
One of the very first projects that I learned from Andrea was what she called, "Purse in a Box" but others were calling "Bag in a Box." Whatever it's called, it's always been one of my favorite projects because I can use it as a package when I give a gift of a set of Greeting Cards to a friend. It's also perfect for today's brand new Stampin' Up! Only challenge, "Boxes, Bags and Baskets"!
Once I decided to use Retro Fresh Designer Series Papers for this project, I wondered what I could do that would make it a bit different from the project I made those many years ago. Then it was just cardstock and paper and a stamped image in the middle. As I was putting the project together (it's really quick!), I happened to see the Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape up on a shelf near my work table. I had totally forgotten that I owned that, and I've probably had it for more than two months! Perfect to decorate this pretty paper!
On the earlier versions of this project, we had used a punch from the Stampin' Up! collection to make a tab at the top of both sides of the paper purse, then punched a hole in the tab and added ribbon to tie the tabs together. But this time, I used the brand new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, not just to make the tab at the top, but to make a "strap" that encircles the purse. I love this idea! But then it was time to find some ribbon to add. There just wasn't any ribbon I particularly liked to match the colors I'd used. Then I remembered that, somewhere I'd seen someone use washi tape as a ribbon. So I took a piece of the Coastal Cabana Colored Washi Tape, folded it in half lengthwise, and used it as I would have used a ribbon to tie the ends of the tags together!
For the decoration of the front of the purse, I used the Deco Labels Framelits to cut a mat and an image that I'd stamped using the Happy Congratulations Stamp Set for the circle style image and Sassy Salutations for the "Thank You" note. I used Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, and Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink for the stamping. That's a fun color combo!
I hope you enjoyed this bit of "Blast from the Past"! If you'd like to try out Andrea's project, here is a link to her tutorial (yes, it was in the summer of 2008!). Here are changes/additions that I made:
- For Step 2, I added my adhesive to the front of the tabs and wrapped them around the outside of the ends of the box. The outside will be covered with the Retro Fresh paper and the inside of the box will not have any visible seams.
- For the "strap" around the purse, I cut two strips of coordinating Designer Series Paper 2" wide by 10-1/2" long. I punched one end of each piece using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and scored and folded the other end of each piece at 1-3/4".
- After you have completed Step 10/11 of Andrea's instructions, mark the bottom of the box at 2" from each short end. Adhere the straight end of each strip of DSP to the bottom of the box, with the fold meeting the edge of a long side of the box. I used Sticky Strip. The pieces will overlap at the bottom and the folds will meet the edges of the bottom of the purse.
- Apply two strips of adhesive of your choice (I used SNAIL Adhesive) about 5" up the back of each strip to adhere it to the side of the bag. Then go on to Step 12.
I had so much fun working on this project – it's been over a year since I made one! I hope you enjoy it, too, and maybe even join us over at SUO Challenges for the Boxes, Bags and Baskets challenge!
Meanwhile, I have to share with you a new way I learned to help you shop for the Stampin' Up! products that I included in this post. Fellow SUO Challenges Design Team Member, Justin Krieger, had this on his blog today, and I'm excited to use it here, too! Just click on an item and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! store where you can order it!