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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


The Kraft Journal ... White on Kraft

Monday is always a creatively inspirational day at The Kraft Journal, and this Monday is no different!  Our challenge this week is 'White on Kraft' and there are so many different ways to take on that challenge!  I decided to kick a plain brown paper bag up a few notches and make it frilly and girly and pretty ... so please tell me what you think ...

Is that girly and blingy enough for you?  Don't see any kraft?  Well,  here's another view so you can see some kraft ...

A cute, girly gift bag, perfect for a small gift or a gift card!  This was very easy to make, but took a little bit of planning and prep before starting.  Let's go through the steps:

1 - Leaving the bag flat (unopened) take on strip of eyelet lace @ 3 1/2" long and place it so that the bottom of the lace is at the bottom of the bag.  Draw a pencil line where the top of the lace will be.

2 - Using a ruler, move up toward the top of the bag in 3/8" increments, drawing a pencil line up to about 2" from the top of the bag.

3 - Using a double sided adhesive (Inkssentials 'Wonder Tape, Scor-Tape, Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive, etc.) put a line of the adhesive 3 1/2" long just under each pencil line on the bag.

4 - One at a time, remove the liner from the tape and add a strip of lace cut at about 3 1/2". 

5 - Fold over the top of the bag so that the serrated edge is just above your top row of lace.

6 - Mark another pencil line just below where you need your top row of lace to go so that it layers over the top row on the base of the bag. 

7 - Add the adhesive and lace.  The lace should be facing 'up' on the top of the bag so that when you fold it over it will fit just right with the rows of lace on the body of the bag.

8 - With the top of the bag folded down, punch two holes through all layers, about 3/4" from each edge.

9 - Run a pretty ribbon through the two holds, the ends falling over the lacy side, and tie into a pretty bow.  (About 12 to 16" of ribbon)

10 - Add a few blingy flowers to the lace and to the center of the bow.

And there you have a lovely and unique gift bag.  Here are some more details ...


  • Small Kraft Paper Sack
  • White Cotton Eyelet Lace (See note below)
  • Deep Pink Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Inkssentials 'Wonder' Tape
  • Petaloo Flora Doodle Mini Jeweled Paper Flowers
  • Glue Arts Mini Adhesive Squares (To adhere flowers)

  • Ruler, Scissors, Pencil

Note:  Due to budgetary restrictions, I often look in unusual places for crafting supplies.  The white eyelet lace came from an old fabric store out in the middle of the country about 30 minutes from my home where they have lots of older styles of laces and trims at a really good price.  The grosgrain ribbon came from an Ebay purchase that was a great deal!  There were no manufacturer labels on either.  Please don't be afraid to shop around for your products!

And there are your instructions on how to make a gorgeous, girly and blingy gift bag from simple supplies!  Thanks so much for visiting today, and Blessings,

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