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How to Make a Gift Bag from Scrapbook Paper – Blog Hop

Don’t miss all of the participating crafty bloggers at the bottom of this post!

Bags from Scrapbook Paper!

Do you have any scrapbook paper that you don’t love?  I know I do!  One great thing you can do with it is turn it into gift bags!

Score the Paper on 3 Sides

I’m using the Scor Pal score boardtoday. I asked for it for Christmas one year.  When the Martha Stewart onecame out and I was convinced I was missing out on something so I bought it.  I wasn’t missing out.  They are both good scoreboards but I really don’t need two.  Live and learn.  LOL!

Step One to Create the Bag: Score at 2-1/2″ around three sides of 12×12 paper and fold.

Step Two: Cut part of the fold lines at 2-1/2″ in and cut 2-1/2″ up, on both sides.

Step Three: Fold and glue the sides.  I find that Zip Dry Paper glue works best for making bags.

Make 2 Sides and Glue

Step Four: Make another bag piece just like the first one.

Step Five: Glue sides and base of one bag piece and place it inside the other.

Almost Done!

Step Six:  Punch holes in the top of the bag.

Knot this and Knot that

  Step Seven:  String the ribbon through the holes to create handles.  Tie good knots so your handles stay in place!

I punched out a few tags from my scrap stash of paper and stamped them with “Oh Christmas Puns” and “Wintery Puns” stamps.

I think this is a great way to use unwanted scrapbook paper and save money on gift bags!

Time for a Giveaway!!

To be eligible for a chance to win a Martha Stewart Mini score board leave a comment letting me know what crafty items are on your wish listI’ll list the winner on this post on November 20.  Good luck!

And the Winner Is:

Lynda White says:
NOVEMBER 12, 2012 AT 5:32 PM
I’m adding a scoreboard to my Christmas list! In a perfect life, I’d love a Cameo, but a Cuttlebug or Big Shot is more realistic!

Now go take a look at the awesome projects these talented crafters are sharing!

Joy: You are HERE!  Welcome!

Maria: http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com

Cyndy: http://arcyscraps.blogspot.com








June: http://simplyelegantpapercrafts.blogspot.com


Have a Crafty Day!

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  1. One item on my crating wishlist is a new paper cutter. I have been checking out the new Cutterpillar

  2. SherriKay says:

    One of the big items on my wishlist is the E-Bosser. I’m really liking what I’ve seen it can all do!

  3. staceyscreativecorner says:

    Joy what an awesome idea! You always inspire!

  4. gregsgirl23 says:

    great idea, I must try that! I don’t have any particular items on my list this year i just LOVE any craft items such as stamps, papers, embellishments! We’ll see what Santa brings

  5. fabulous bags Joy!
    I’ve not tried this method of bag making yet…thanks for sharing!

  6. What adorable gift bags!! And those tags are great!! My crafty wishlist is soooo long…there are such great new things coming out but what I would love first is your new stamp set….it is super adorable!!!
    TFS and happy Monday!
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    1. Jessica,
      Thank you for that sweet comment! 🙂
      Super Hugs,

  7. I’m getting ready to make some Christmas cards. Saw some great ideas and want to try to use them for my inspiration. I love the bag ideas, too. I think I’ll try that concept as well. And, I too would love to have an E-Bosser. It appears awesome..and the possibilities endless.

  8. Joy…you always have the BEST ideas! Love the thought of using “ugly” paper for bags!
    I am always happy to get ANY crafty goodies for a gift…wouldn’t a Cameo be fun to win!!
    But some new cardstock and adhesive may be more realistic! What are YOU hoping for Joy??
    Thanks for the give away and this HOP!

    1. TeresaK,
      You’re so sweet to ask! HUGS! I’d really like one of the Martha Stewart Mini Score boards! LOL! I really would! I’m giving one away but I don’t own one for myself. I think it would be great to have something that would score smaller things so I wouldn’t have to get the big one when it’s really overkill for a small project. I’d also like another Scrap-Ma-Bob Cup and Bag Clamp-On Holder.
      I have two already (oh the shame) because I put my Diet Coke in one and my glass of ice in another. Now I want a 3rd one for my tv remotes! LOL! I know it sounds crazy but I think it would help me stay more organized…or at least I could get to my shows faster. LOL!
      Super Hugs,

  9. Excellent picture tutorial and very pretty gift bags!

  10. breedlove67 says:

    New scissors and some gift cards to my favorite craft stores.

  11. What an awesome way to make bags, especially so they are actually big enough to fit a real gift inside!! 🙂 Thanks for the great tutorial too… you are the best!!

  12. Great tutorial and great little Bag. LOVE the sentiments!! Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to see the rest of the DT projects!
    Deb C (Bugjuiced)

  13. sunbun143 says:

    A Cameo would be excellent…hehehe! Also I would love this scoring board. I only have scoring blades on a couple paper trimmers but neither lets me measure and score accurately! Thanks for the giveaway and the inspirations!

  14. I have on my wish list my house to be completed so I can decorate, and get busy in my craft room.
    One thing I would love to decorate my new room with is a new cutter as well. I currently have two cricuts, but I want to switch to a different one. I am still looking for the best option.
    I love what you did with the paper, and I am going to be doing that with some of the paper I have been hoarding. Thanks for sharing your creativeness.

  15. Krafty Kim says:

    Awesome tutorial! You are maybe the funniest person I know! Love visiting your site!

    I’m not sure if I can admit that I have been buying stuff on my wishlist! I just received your two Christmas sets! LOL! But I still want Cricut’s “Teddy Bear Parade” cartridge, a scoring board, some more Peachy Keen Face stamps . . .

  16. thank you so much for doing this project I have always wanted to know how to do gift bags from paper, and yes I have older paper that I just do not like any more again thanks
    upnurse at aol dot com

  17. cutie jensen says:

    Great tutorial!! I love that you can make your own bag out of your favorite patterned papers!! 🙂 So fun!

    Thanks for sharing and what an awesome hop!!

    Kimberly 🙂

  18. This is such a great idea! I am always in need of a small bag. I would love to get some new copics for Christmas, especially the new florescent ones. thanks, Tami

  19. softballmom17 says:

    My wish for Santa is some new cricut cartridges, and a Score Pal. I love the gift bgs great idea!

  20. Josie0602 says:

    Great tutorial for tehe gift bags!! I definitely will be trying this! On my wish list ….that Mini Scoreboard is on my list. I also would love to get the Artiste cartridge or anything scrap related!

  21. I’m adding a scoreboard to my Christmas list! In a perfect life, I’d love a Cameo, but a Cuttlebug or Big Shot is more realistic!

  22. Great tutorial! My dream wish list would have a Cuttlebug and new cartridges.

  23. That is a great idea joy. I definitely will have to try this. I have the big Martha Stewart score board, but that little one would be great, instead of taking out that big on all of the time with all of the cards I have been making lately. One of the things on my wish list is that Teddy bear cartridge.

    mimicaro9650 at syahoo dot com

  24. What a wonderful idea I will definitely have to try this idea. I need a new pair of crafting scissors this Christmas and can always use some gift cards to the craft stores.

  25. Great idea to use up scrapbook paper. The mini scor-board is on my wish list.

  26. Monique L.L. says:

    Oh Joy, I am loving this scrapbook paper gift bag! So clever and convenient. The gypsy is on my craft wishlist, I thought I didn’t need one, but I have changed my mind. Oh and the CTMH Artiste cartridge……really want that! The mini scor-board is so CA- UTE isn’t it!! Thanks for all your bloggy goodness.

    [email protected]

  27. meredeEnA says:

    My crafty wish list includes a scoring board, the Cricut Artiste collection from CTMH, stamp pads in multiple colors and embossing powders in black, gold and silver. Can you see I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately? Thanks so much for the inspiration (great idea for how to use up paper that doesn’t feel the love) and for the chance to win!

  28. Great tutorial, I’m going to have to try these! I think the Artiste cartridge is probably on the top of my “wish” list, but it won’t happen until I finish paying off my kid’s college (one more semester – yay!).

  29. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes you might not have just the right bag, now we know how to make one. Just saw those mini score boards a few days ago and would love to have one. Thanks for the chance. On my wish list, is anything to do with crafting.

  30. I’d really like one of the Martha Stewart Mini Score boards! Thanks for the great tutorials … you are the best!!

  31. CathyinMN says:

    Thanks for the tutorial — that is a great idea for getting rid of some unwanted patterned paper. I’ve been wanting a Scrap N Easel since I became aware of them. Thanks for the chance to win the mini scoreboard!

  32. What a fun gift bag and so easy to make, I am sure I have a pile of paper to use up, probally more than Michaels have on there racks. Off to see what the other girls have created! Thanks for the great tutorial and for the fun blog hop.

  33. northrose says:

    It’s always such a JOY to visit your blog, and your blog hops are always a ton of fun! On my Crafty list? Well, that MS mini score board for one…. I’d also LOVE a Cameo…. and a MS snowflake punch….. I know, I know… Need, need, need… want, want, want. CUTE gift bags out of paper. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions with lots of pictures. Happy Happy Joy Joy! 🙂 Janis

  34. What an adorable project!! I can always use more gift bags. My Christmas wishlist is a Cameo and Cricut lite Teddy Bear Cartridge. 🙂

  35. kraftychic says:

    Awesome tutorial for the bag! Thanks for sharing it! My Christmas wish list is long but I really want more of your stamp sets! I’ll get them………………………………one at a time! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  36. The main thing on my wishlist is a scoreboard, so this is timely! Also a few (ok, 12) new Cricut carts. Thanks!

  37. Love this idea!! I don’t have anything too big on my wishlist. Santa has been pretty good to me all year hehe. I would love to add some more Tim Holtz distress inks to my collection though and some more Spectrum Noir markers to finish out my collection of those 🙂 Thanks for the awesome chance on the MS scoreboard, she is another favorite of mine. Her punches are awesome!!


  38. I’ve been meaning to try the bag idea out of the liked but not loved paper (gasp!) , now I just may go all the way! Thanks Joy 🙂

  39. I love making gift bags! I look at all my supplies and think I don’t need anything. I would love to just have some spending money. My stocking should have Cats’ Eye Chalks, Zig Glue Pens, ATG tape and Glossy Accents as usual!!!

  40. Love It!!!!
    I usually let my nieces and nephews use up the not so pretty paper…
    how did I not know about the Martha Mini Score board….that just went to the top of my wishlist, along with some new punches….
    I did just knock 2 items off my wishlist….your new Christmas Stamps….they should be here any day!!!!
    thank you so much for the chance to win,

    1. A white Cricut…how pretty! Also, I can’t stop singing that in my head now. Thanks Maureen! LOL! 😉

  41. What adorable gift bags and tags.I am dreaming of embossing machine to add that extra wow factor to my cards and pages.Thanks for chance to win.Love your site and all your great ideas.Thanks for sharing !!!

  42. Wow! Quick and easy and cheap. Three of my favorite things. Money is tight this year, so these gift bags are great for my son’s homemade scarfs that he’s giving his teachers, bus drivers and helpers. Thanks!

    1. I think your scarf gift is wonderful! I’d love to get a gift like that!

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