April 29, 2010

Remember Paper Lunch Bags?

I remember my dad writing loving notes in big black sharpi on my paper lunch bags.   Looking back now it is fond memory but back then, especially in high school, I thought my dad was one big geek and it was embarrassing.  At least Mom had the decency to tuck a little note inside my lunch.  In the end though it was nice reminder that I was loved and appreciated.

I was browsing the featured Etsy shop Bee Things for the current Etsy Inpired Challenge, I came across these adorable graphic monkey paper bags. I knew then exactly what I wanted to do.  Something for my kids except much cooler than black sharpie.  I think it's even something I could give my son (at least in kindergarden or grade one minus the ribbon).  I decided to stick with the graphic feel of Bee Things shop and created a sun with those fabulous Practicing Creativity rays.  I'm very excited with how this came out.  I know that it looks simple to do (and it is) but I was holding my breath and praying every time I stamped those rays.  I didn't want to have to start all over again.

Thanks for checking out a decorated paper bag.  If this is your first visit today, I would be delighted if you were inspired by my earlier post by scrolling down or clicking here.

Steps:

1) Trim 4 inch square Cardstock (CS); stamp rays; mat with cs; attach ribbon and adhere to bag
2) Trim 3 inch square cs; stamp rays; mat with cs; attach ribbon and adhere to bag
3) Trim 2 inch square cs; stamp rays and sentiment; mat with cs; adhere to bag with dimensionals
4) Thread ribbon through library clip and time; attach to bag.

Elements:

Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive (2nd ink), basic black
Accessories: stripe ribbon (May Arts, PCD), polka dot ribbon (unknown)
Stamps: You're Dandy, Look Up (PCD)

13 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Word. I had to be the first to comment on this. This is stunning. A fabulous rendition using the rays. Oh. My. Word. I would go on because I'm really excited, but you've rendered me speechless.

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  2. how sweet!!! I would love to see this in my lunch :) My parents never did that to me...I had a hard lunch kit (snoopy) and was to excited to get paper bags eventually :) We had to promise to reuse them, though. I think I put some in Jake's boxes...isn't that funny I can't remember? He had to start making his own lunch in Grade 8...just like I had too :) But I told him everyday that I loved him, so he got the message either way :)

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  3. Very cool!! BTW the camera is from the Boyfriend Line from Cosmo Cricket!! Hope you are well....

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  4. WoWzA, this is fabulous!! These 'rays' are amazing ... I've never seen anything like it before! Love this wonderful project ... and so will all the kids in school!

    TFS!

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  5. This looks fabulous! Well done!

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  6. OMG, this is amazing! I love it! Will you come pack my lunch for me?!

    Thanks for playing EIC this week!

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  7. That's the most awesome lunch bag =) I always adored my friend's notes, so I actually asked my mom to write me notes when I was in school. LOL! Gorgeous work, Laural! You + Practicing Creativity = Creative Genius!

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  8. I have to add another comment. Because I missed this in my first and noticed it more when I came back to stare at your wonderful creation! Love that PCD ribbon peeking from behind and how it matches so well with your rays.

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  9. This is such a cute idea! What a great way to use your stamps. Great Job!

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  10. Super duper cute, Laural! I love it!

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  11. Wow girl these look amazing!!!!!

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  12. this is really great!! I love how you used the rays from the PC stamp set. So very cool!

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  13. What a great idea! You did a fantastic job with decorating the bag. I love that you added ribbon and that little clip at the top. It's going to be tough to use this bag just for lunch lol.

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