Sunday, 31 July 2016

Kelly's Box Bag Video - Version 2

Hello, Crafters.

(I'm resending this as I had a problem getting today's blog set up. Please accept my sincere apologies if you are receiving this for the second time).

I hope you're enjoying the weekend. 

This morning I uploaded my video called Kelly's Box Bag. I've named it after Kelly Gettelfinger who posts videos to YouTube as Always Stampin. 

I saw the video Kelly posted in 2012, where she showed how to make this box bag. It's a One Sheet Wonder and needs no cutting, just scoring and gluing. 

I'm often asked for one sheet wonder projects and this fits the bill brilliantly.

When I started playing with this project on Friday, I played all day and came up with some nice designs. It's a delightful project and so very easy to follow.

Kelly also showed how to turn the idea into a clutch bag which has a closure at the top - again, another great project. The first box bag and box clutch bag I made, I used non-Stampin' Up! cardstock. I did that in case they didn't work out properly! I needn't have worried - they both worked out beautifully!

So the first project I made with Stampin' Up! products was the Lost Lagoon Box Clutch Bag - photographs 5 & 6. The only problem I had, was choosing what colour to use and this was determined by what 12 x 12 sheets I had, that I also had a co-ordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

Although the DSP I used for the clutch bag doesn't have any Lost Lagoon in it, it blends in beautifully all the same!  I used the Oval Layering Thinlits Dies for the flap and I used a magnet for the closure. Velcro dots would work equally as well.

The first Stampin' Up! Cardstock Box Bag I made is the Very Vanilla one - see photograph 7.This is where I really got carried away with myself! I used the Flourish Thinlits Dies and die cut two of the large flourishes as well as two of the decorative borders. 

I painted them all with the Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen and glued them to the box. When I attached the handles, I attached some of the new Very Vanilla Lace Trim to run along the length of the handles.  I glued the end pieces that tucked underneath and to the back of each handle. I really love this design but it's far too much to include in a video. 

Then I decided I needed a design that I could make as part of my video without the time getting too long. The Melon Mambo Box Bag you see in Photographs 1 & 2 is the design I came up with.   

I chose to use the Flower Shop and Petite Petals Stamp Sets, together with the Pansy Punch and Petite Petals Punch as the decoration. Once I had added those I felt it needed something more, so I added the two quarter inch strips running along near the bottom of the bag. I think these finish it off beautifully.

I then had to choose what colour to use for the video! I have quite a good selection of 12 x 12 cardstock but I don't have much to choose from in the way of current DSP. The  criteria I had was that it should have a white background! I knew the script design in the Neutrals DSP Stack had a white background in one of the colours. I found it was the Soft Suede so I decided to go with it, although I did have reservations. I think it has worked well and I'm very pleased with the result! 

I hope you enjoy the video and let me know if you'd like to see how the clutch bag is made. It's almost identical to the box bag, the main differences being, the fold at the side of the box and the flap.

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. This is BEAUTIFUL and I am so pleased that I got to see it! I'm thinking of what a lovely presentation for a set of cards ... for example, at Christmas time. Thanks ever so much for including this this morning ... I will make this for sure!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. It was a very lucky find! As soon as I saw it, I had to have a play and I'm so pleased I did. I'm glad you like it, too! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Absolutely brilliant, you are amazing, please will you show how to make the clutch bag xx

    1. Hi, Anonymous. I'm really pleased you like this project. Tomorrow I'll start working on the clutch bag. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Jan, I love, love, love this box bag! I am always looking for various ways to give cards as gifts and this one is so pretty. My sister is coming on Wednesday to help celebrate my birthday (#70!!) and she and I will make some of those bags. Thank you for your excellent instructions as usual! Toodles!

    1. Many happy returns of the day, joeytipping. I hope you have a great time with your sister crafting box bags. Have fun! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I love all your projects you've shared.

    1. Many thanks, Mama. I'm so pleased you enjoy my tutorials and hope you give some of them a try! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.