Saturday, 21 July 2012

Chevron bags...thinking outside the box!

I had a lovely morning out yesterday with my good friend. We popped into the local scrapbook stores and had a peek through all the scrapping goodies.

My eyes lit up when I spyed these Chevron bags. They came in many different colours and best of all they were only 25 cents each!

I picked up 5 small ones in various colours and thought I would use them for journaling card sleeves. They would even be cute with a tag tucked into them.

I noticed that they also had a larger size as well. The larger ones came in the same colours but also included Kraft! As I was standing there wishing that the little ones had the Kraft option as well...I had a lightbulb moment.. Yes, even in my advancing years, I still sometimes have lightbulb moments!!!

Why not use these larger bags as envelopes for bulky cards!
 Sometimes really layered cards just do not fit comfortably into a regular envelope. The Kraft envelope would work well with bulky Kraft cards and the Chevron pattern would be subtle enough that you could still add an address etc.

I picked up a few of the larger Kraft envelopes to try out and might be planning a trip back for more.  I will  add a piece of double sided sticky tape and fold over the pinked edge to seal the cards that need to be mailed.

For hand delivered cards, I will thread a bit of fine jute through some punched holes and tie a bow  to close  up the bag. I might even add a button for a decorative element.

I will make a nice bulky Kraft card and then do up my large Chevon bag to match.
 Hopefully, I  will have the finished card and envelope ready to show you tomorrow night!

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May said...

Looking foward to your makes with the fab bags.... Hugs May x x x

jo said...

Wow, they're fab, love love love kraft!That's a fab idea, too, can't wait to see the card & envelope when it's finished! Hope you're keeping well!
Hugs Jo x

Tracy said...

This is such a great idea :)
Those tiny bags are so cute.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...what a clever find, these bags are just yummy & can be used on so many projects, pretty colours too...hope your having a loVely weekend so far...Mel :)

Redanne said...

That was such a brilliant find. I heard somewhere in blogland that chevrons are going to be the next big thing in crafting so you may have struck gold there. The bags are fabulous and it is a great idea to use them for bulky cards. A x

Jennifer Grace said...

That is a fantastic idea! I love those bags, I adore chevrons right now! x

Jennifer said...

I love these bags. I hope to come across them at some time in my scrappy travels! Such a good price with lots of bang for your buck. I love your idea of using them for hand delivered cards! :)

soapHOUSEmama said...

these bags are awesome and I love your idea!!!

Shelby said...

Oh the things you can created with these awesome little bags!


Glenda Atkins said...

The bags look great, what a pleasant surprise for you on your shopping trip. I like your envelope idea!

downrightcrafty said...

great idea thank you for the inspiration
Hugs Kate xx

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Darnell J Knauss said...

Don't you just love it when the door opens and you flip the switch and that light bulb actually lights?! Very, very clever ideas!!

Penny said...

I love these bags, they are adorable! Love Penny

sandee said...

You have given me a glorious thought, small brown paper bags might work as envelopes too! lol I will have to try this! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Julia Aston said...

What great bags! love the colors - I have a chevron stamp - bet I could make these myself! thanks for the inspiration! love your ideas on how to use them as well!

scrappyjen said...

Ooooh I love those bags! Need to get some of those for the north east of england! thanks for visiting me again, jenx

Sarah said...

Hi there, am finally starting to catch up with my comments - taken me ages I know but such is life, it gets in the way of blogging!!

Great cards since I was here last and love the card that your granddaughter helped with - much neater than my Emily's efforts!

Brilliant little envelopes in this post and your craft room - oh wow!! I am seriously considering a move to America, it's all those craft rooms I see - I'm green with envy!!!

You asked Emily's writing. Well she is 5 - just (you may have seen my posts about it!) and is one of the youngest ones in her class but is one of the top 8 for reading and writing. For writing a lot of emphasis is put on forming letters and keeping them neat but not much on spelling at the moment. They use something called 'Jolly Phonics' and a series of books with characters -Chip, Biff and Kipper - in them for writing and reading practice.

I'm told the spelling comes in from September - Year 1 (so that year will be a mix of 6yr olds - at the top age - and 5 yr olds - at the bottom age range).

For reading they expect them to be able to read, either by using the pictures to help, or sounding words out or breaking them into smaller pieces then putting them back together.

Emily can read without the pictures and that is what, I'm told, is very unusual for her age and what puts her in the top 8 at her class - which we are very proud off! I've got a picture and writing that she did earlier this week that I'm going to blog later - keep an eye out for it!

Right I've gone on for ages, so I'm off now - you'll have to forgive me the huge meanderings, get me started on Emily and I won't stop. We are extremely proud of her, even when she is being a complete little terror!!!


Erika said...

Oh I LOVE those bags especially the craft one. What a find, so green! LOL.
Enjoy using them, crafty hugs Erika. x

Connie Mercer said...

awesome idea and It would be adorable!!!

Barb King said...

Those bags are fantastic, wish we had some here. Love the idea of using them as mailers! Barb

Joann Burton said...

I also love those bags...Many, Many uses for them...I was laughing reading your post...Wish my light bulb would go off a little more joann sassy raggedy

Anita Scroggins said...

Those are great little bags! What fun to use them!!!

Alinor said...

i've bought a few of those also, they're so cute & cheap. The little one are so cute with tags or memorabilia inside!