Thursday, October 23, 2014

Santa Express: 12 x 12 Gift Bag Tutorial

Hi there Doodlebug friends! Tya here to share with you a fun and festive tutorial on how to make a nifty gift bag from just 2 sheets of your favorite papers from Doodlebug Design's new Santa Express line.  
It never seems to fail- every year I seem to always run out of gift bags and the LAST place that I want to go during the hustle and bustle of the holidays is back to the store. Why head to the store when I have oodles of darling paper right at my finger tips that would look great as a gift bag? With that being said - let me share with you this fun (and easy!) tutorial on how you can make a gift bag of your very own!

This bag is made using 2 of the same pieces of pattern paper - or you can use cardstock as well. The scoring measurements are the same for both pieces of paper.

Basically you score both of the papers on 3 sides at 3 inches, and then on 1 side at 2 inches. Here is what the paper with look like with the score marks when you are done.

 Side 1 - score at 3 inches
 Side 2 - turn paper and score at 3 inches
 Side 3- turn paper again and score at 3 inches
Side 4 - Turn paper on last side. This is the 2 inch scored side.

Now go ahead and fold that top 2 inch strip down to make the top section of the bag. I love that I get to use BOTH SIDES of my paper! The hardest part was choosing which side I wanted to show where!
On both pieces of paper - fold on all of your lines and then trim on the scored lines as show above.Just snip up to the bottom scored line.
Add adhesive to the 2 bottom flaps as shown.

Glue the box together as shown. 

On the other sheet of paper add adhesive to the bottom and the sides of the paper. This paper is going to slide into the other one so we need the outside edges to be sticky :)
Here is the box all glued together.
Now take a hole punch like a Crop-A-Dile and punch 2 holes on each side.
Add your  favorite ribbon or trim for the bag handles.
Now for the fun part - Decorate it however you like. I added some tags from the Christmas tag craft kit. I also added some stickers from the This and That sheet and the Icon sticker sheet. I finished my tags off with a bit of the Holly Berries Sprinkle Shapes.

Now add your gift and tissue paper and any other goodies you'd like and just like that you have a custom made gift bag I am sure your recipient will love because YOU made it just for them. Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Santa Express: Tags and Card Inspiration

Hello there! Sharm here to share some tags for inspiration this Christmas featuring the new Santa Express Collection. I think these also add up as perfect Secret Santa Tags instead of the usual tags that adorn gifts..Use them any way you like it, tags are always fun to make! Be sure to keep scrolling to see the peek-a-book cards I created as well. 

Here they are, I used a Silhouette cut file for the tag shape and then embellished with Doodlebug Embellishments:

Close Ups

Materials Used:

Item:4337 very merry double-sided cardstock 
Item:4341 sweet santas double-sided cardstock
Item:4347 evergreens double-sided cardstock
Item:4361 christmas tags craft kit 
Item:4373 santa express icon sticker

Peek-a-Book Cards

Some Close Ups

Materials Used:

How I Made This:

First, Cut a cardstock to 4x12
Fold in Half
For the Top of the card into another half
Cut out another cardstock to 4x6
Embellish and adhere on top of card (on the folded side)
On the inside of the card, create a border which will act like a stand
Your easel card is done! :)

Easy isn't it! Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas Lovelies!! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Santa Express: A Work of Heart Layout

Hello Doodlebugs!

I can't begin to express my excitement at working with this year's Santa Express collection!  It is filled with so many beautiful patterns and darling images!  And can I just gush over how much I love the addition of the bubblegum pink and swimming pool?!
For my title I layered a circle over one of the darling new doilies and arranged my letter stickers using parchment paper (a trick I learned from the amazing Melinda Spinks). To from a little border along the top of my page I used the reverse side of the tags from the Christmas Tags Craft Kit inspired by a wonderful Scrapbook Generation's sketch.  I love how these tags are double sided!
To decorate my little tag embellishment I punched out a 1-3/4" circle from the very merry paper.  A little stitching, star jewel, a snip of a border sticker and some washi tape and I was done with my simple tag.
To complete my visual triangle I have a third little grouping in the bottom right-hand corner of my layout using my favorite Doodlepop from the collection.  Isn't that sweet tree irresistible?!  To form my border along the bottom I used a strip of pistachio lace washi tape--I love how at a glance it looks like I die-cut a fancy border, but in a fraction of the time!
I hope I've inspired you a bit today!  I can't wait to see what you create with this fun collection!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Santa Express: Wish List & Receipt Keeper

Shellye along with a cute and fun Santa Express 
Wish List & Receipt Keeper
I love functional organizers especially during the hustle and bustle of the
Christmas season!  

For an extra-sturdy organizer, start with a rectangle piece of chipboard for
the front and back covers.  Cut desired patterned papers to a matching size
and adhere to the front/back.  Trim out the edge of the chipboard in Doodle Twine.

Mat the front with other fun papers and use die-cuts, foam adhesive 
and punch-outs to add dimension.

On the back of the Christmas Confetti Double-Sided Paper, you will find a
notebook-style paper that is divided into six grids and labeled
"christmas wish list".  I cut the grids apart and added the names of 
our family members with Doodle Type stickers.  

On the backside of each list, add a Treat Bag with high-tack adhesive tape.
This will house receipts.

Embellish the pockets as desired.
Punch a hole through one corner of the covers and lists and bind
together with a ring.  
The finished keeper will measure around 4X6; store it inside a plastic
baggie or large envelope if you plan on carrying it along in a purse!

Thanks for joining us today at Doodlebug Design.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Santa Express: Winter Village Houses

Although Halloween is just around the corner, I can't help but dig into my Christmas papers and supplies and start creating projects for Christmas.  Amanda here today with a super cute project that you can make to dress up a holiday mantel, table, or even use as a centerpiece.

I love making miniature paper crafts and houses are my favorite crafts to make.  I die cut and assembled two houses and a church to be the start of my winter village.  (These cut files can be found in the Cricut library as part of the Winter Woodland cartridge.)

The best part of these houses is that they can each be lit with a single battery operated tea light.  The houses look great lit during the day, but look especially stunning at night.  The addition of vellum to the windows softens the glow and makes the houses look warm and inviting.

The short green house is my favorite.  I die cut each roof from sugar coated cardstock to make them look as though they were covered with a fresh layer of snow.

Each building has a contrasting door.  Although I was tempted, I refrained from adding too many extra details to the houses so they wouldn't distract from the glowing lights.

The stripey church looks so inviting!  I also added vellum inside the doorways of the houses so the tea lights would be well disguised.  You can easily turn these little houses into a play set (like this one) by leaving the vellum out of the doors.

Add vellum inside the windows and doors before you fold and assemble the houses.  Cut pieces of vellum so they overlap the windows about 1/4" on each side and adhere with a tape runner.

The houses look bright and cheery when lit during the day.  Create more houses in a variety of colors to create a larger winter village.  Add trees, critters, and a backdrop to add more drama to your scene.
Happy creating!


Santa Express collection
Sugar Coated cardstock

Friday, October 17, 2014

Santa Express: DIY Mini Gift Bags by Aimee

Putting these little guys together was a snap. I found the Christmas Reindeer Bag cut at the Silhouette Design Store and just knew they would be absolutely adorable made with Doodlebug's Santa Express.

The little tags on the front are backed with the wonderful Sprinkles Vellum and made the perfect background for the sentiment.

I used the new clothes pins to keep the bags closed at the handle and added a tag from the Fancy Frills sticker sheet.

Thanks for joining us today! Be sure to keep stopping by the blog each day for more inspiration with the Santa Express collection! You'll be sure to love each project!

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