Some of you may know this little secret about me already. I am a huge fan of making stuff from old shopping bags. Not only do I love me some kraft paper, but I see endless possibilities for making cool projects from the larger canvas size of a paper bag. Besides that, I just get a kick out of recycling things. Being in a lovey-dovey frame of mind lately, I decided to make myself an up-cycled, funky junk paper bag Valentine.
Pulled out some of my favorite things for this. Sheet music, vintage lace I bought last summer at an antiques store, and old buttons that once belonged to my grandmother. I love using truly special things on a special project.
Did you notice I used my stamps, too? Stamped some distressed dots around the edge of the kraft heart. So far, I’m keeping up with my pledge to use those stamps more. I think I get extra bonus points for that.
My favorite part, though, has got to be that adorable clown Valentine image from The Graphics Fairy. I added just a touch of glitter to her hearts and tucked her into a pocket. Layered the whole onto a pair of Nestabilities shapes and tied it all up with brown baker’s twine.
The accordion-fold rosette is made from more recycled paper bag, edged with a touch of white ink. I added a pin and sentiment to finish things off.
Sewed two kraft hearts together partway and stuffed them with tissue paper to create a pillow effect before stitching closed completely. Now my Valentine is tough enough to stand the test of time.
If you promise not to tell, I’ll share another secret on how I made the pattern for my heart. Do you all remember making paper hearts in grade school by folding paper in half and drawing only half the heart? Well do that……and use this nifty trick for tracing a perfect curve at the top.
My gosh, right? Brilliant! That Audrey is a genius! Sooooo high tech. Not to worry, though. I do believe that YOU can do it, too! 🙂
Ivory Buff cardstock, Pre-cut chipboard, Brown Baker’s Twine and Uniquely Handmade rubber stamp: The Kraft Outlet
Image: The Graphics Fairy
Pin: Tim Holtz
Dies: Papertrey Ink and Nestabilities
Vintage and Recycled: kraft shopping bag, sheet music, lace, buttons