How To: DIY Shopping Bag Envelope for Memorabilia

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope

DIY Shopping Bag Envelope

Hi all, Vanessa here with a quick tutorial that will have you keeping those paper shopping bags! Today I’m sharing how to create a DIY Shopping Bag Envelope. Inspired by one of the creative catalysts in the Awesome Ladies Feminist Scrapbook Challenge. This is the perfect way to include some shop memorabilia in your Awesome Ladies scrapbook.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Supplies Needed:

You’ll need a cool paper shopping bag, some scissors, glue or scotch tape.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Step-By-Step

The first step is to cut out one of the sides of the bag like so:

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Next, fold the bag over so that the edge comes to about an inch and a half from the outside edge of the bag.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Depending on the size of your shopping bag, you may want to trim the edges to have the DIY Shopping Bag Envelope fit your scrapbook.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Now trim two triangles from the bottom edge of your folded bag.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Open the bag and fold in the edges, along the length of the border created by the cut off triangle.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Close your envelope once more and trim two bigger triangles on the top part of the bag. Make sure the long edges of the triangles meet up with the edge you just folded.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Fold this strip over the side of your bag and glue it (or tape it) down. Repeat with the other side.

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Tadaa! Looks like an envelope no?

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I left the handle on my bag because I think it looks very cool, but you can trim it off or keep it. It’s up to you and up to what the bag actually looks like. Fold over that top part and you are done.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Lots of space to put in all sorts of memorabilia and findings. The best part is that this method can be applied to any type of paper. I make DIY Shopping Bag Envelope like this from old calendar pages that I love too much to throw away. You can also make them out of wrapping paper. I love to put stickers on smaller versions of these envelopes and add them to gifts.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

You could tape the sides down with colorful washi tape or even use old watercolor paper to make the envelopes. The sky is the limit! Punch holes in them and add them to your scrapbook or just glue down the smaller ones onto your pages. DIY shopping bag envelopes are a great way of using up paper scraps too.

Vanessa DIY Shopping Bag Envelope Tutorial for rukristin

Can’t wait to see what you make!

The Awesome Ladies Project Feminist Scrapbook Challenge is a year-long classroom and community with weekly introspective self-documenting prompts and creative catalysts to create awesome feminist scrapbooking challenges. This is the perfect way to prioritize documenting your awesome lady life. Click here for more details

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Vanessa is an archaeologist who believes in the power of art journaling, self-documenting and storytelling. She is proud to be an Awesome Lady and loves to share her artful endeavours on her blog at http://dans-mon-crane.blogspot.ca/