If you've been stamping for awhile, you are probably aware of the existence of the BAG-A-LOPE. Right? It's such a cute way to use a simple envelope. You can so easily make an envelope -- of any size -- into a darling gift bag!
One of the Paper Pumpkin kits from awhile back included the prettiest decorated envelopes you've ever seen! If you're like most people, you will probably just toss the envelope that contained a card in the garbage. I thought these envelopes were just too wonderful to be tossed away after they did their job of transporting a greeting.
I decided to make one into a bag-a-lope! So simple and easy! And they look like a million bucks for a small gift.
I seem to find myself truly enjoying the videos of Jessica Taylor from Ink It Up With Jessica. She is so personable and concise in her projects. Rather than me reinventing the wheel, you can watch Jessica's brief video on how to construct a bag-a-lope here. She uses a plain business envelope cut in half and decorated with stamping. I love her bag! But, if you have a cute already-decorated envelope like I had, you can skip the stamping steps and get right to the construction.
To finish off my bag-a-lope, I added a cute diecut tag with sentiment. I also added ribbon handles and a flurry of yellow tissue.
The dimensions of my bag-a-lope are about 3 3/8" wide, 5 1/4" tall, and 1" deep. It's surprising how much this size bag can actually hold!
Give a bag-a-lope a try! I think you will have fun with this simple projecct. And your recipient will be so impressed!
Yesterday's the past,
tomorrow's the future,
but today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present.
- Bil Keane -