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.


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.


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)


  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.

  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 :)

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

  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!


  5. This looks fabulous! Well done!

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

    Thanks for playing EIC this week!

  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!

  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.

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

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

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

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

  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.