I believe that creativity is a powerful skill that can be practiced and developed. I hope my blog inspires you to find your very own "creative lment". ~LM
Stampin Up‘ recently released a beautiful purse die, but since I won’t be ordering it for a while, I thought I would put myself to the test and create my own design. I had a very specific idea of what I wanted to make – pretty pink and black polkadot purses, large enough to stamp a sentiment and tuck in a small gift (lip balm).
After playing around with the dimensions, I finally landed on a good size for the base card stock: 5″ x 3″. Using my handy ScorePal, I placed my card stock down (landscape) and scored at 2″ & 3″. This creates the base of your purse.
Then I flipped the card stock (portrait), and again,using my ScorePal tool, lightly created small short notches to mark the 1/2″ point on each of the 4 corners.
Using those notches as a guide, I took my scissors, and cut diagonally, starting from inner score lines I added for the base to those outer little 1/2″ notch marks. This creates the pretty shape for your purse.
To embellish my petite purse, I selected my handy oval punch, punched one for each of my purses and scored them to create a nice crisp fold. To do this consistently, I placed the end of the oval at the 5″ mark (as shown in the picture above) then scored at the 4″ & 4.25″. A little backwards – but for someone like me, who avoids math at all costs, it was perfect!
When I decided where I wanted my silver brad to sit, I used small tool to poke a starter hole, then pushed the brad right through and secured it with the fasteners.
Using a polka dot stamp set, I repeatedly stamped the image to fill in the entire exterior of the purse.
Using 4.25″ long pieces of thin black grosgrain ribbon, I added the purse “straps” using double sided adhesive.
Then I added the purse embellishment using double sided glue, and covered the inside tab (the one with the brad faster) with a small piece of velcro. Using this as a guide, I attached the reverse piece of velcro (glue side out) in place and snapped the purse shut, finishing the purse.
I have seen a lot of wonderful, creative ideas used to lock in a lip balm on similar projects. Because I wanted this project to be reusable (refilled with a lip balm and perhaps regifted if someone wanted to) I felt the best option for me was to use some elastic. Using the lip balm as a template, I cut a short piece off, added some hot glue to one end, and then folded it over on to itself. Once the glue was dried, I glued this “ring” right onto the inside of the purse base. Then, I took a moment to stamp a small sentiment on the inside of purse.
These sweet little gifts are perfect for remembering hardworking coworkers – especially females in support roles. Don’t forget that Administrative Professionals Day is coming up on April 25, 2012 – and gifts such as these go a long way in showing appreciation. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ~LM