Saturday, February 11, 2012

Printed Paper Bags and a Lovely Valentine

Did you know that you can run a flat paper bag through your printer?

It is so easy and what a FUN way to personalize gifts!
The process is similar to my tutorial on how to make gift tags on your printer.
I tried using a traditional paper lunch bag, but it was too bulky.
So make sure you are using a flat bag. You can use any size up to 9x11 inches.

First, decide on your design and create a Word document. Center the image where you want it on your bag.

Here are some fun freebies for Valentine's Day...

free printables

Just click on the picture to go to the source.

I always run a test print and then hold the bag up to ensure I have the image in the right place.

The first step is to fold a piece of plain computer paper in half lengthwise.
The fold is your center mark.

Place the bag face up in the center and use cellophane tape to attach all four corners and sides.

I press my fingers against the tape so it is not as sticky.
This way it comes off easily.

Place bag face down and top end first in your printer.
Print away...

That's it. So simple!

AND here is another fun and charming Valentine idea courtesy of my friend, Kimberlee and her girls!
Lily had fun making these with her friend, Millie, yesterday.
OK...I made one, too...I couldn't resist!

Aren't they darling?
You can staple or hot glue as many bags as you wish for a group of siblings or a family and insert little treasures in each one.

Lily personalized a bag for all of us.

I love that it folds out like a little book.
You can decorate the bags with anything you have on hand...paper, lace, stickers.
I even used one of my printed bags.
If you don't have the flat bags on hand, paper lunch bags work great, too!

Such a fun idea...thank you Andersons!
{They are also having a giveaway of some of their amazing goat milk products. Click HERE to enter!}

Hope you have an absolutely great weekend!



Bonnie said...

I love personalized hand made gifts. Thanks for sharing the idea and for the cute download printables.

Jacqueline said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing the printables.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

OH, this is a great idea!!! So cute and simple!!! Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Kim said...

What a cute idea! I'm going to try some with our farm logo. Thanks for sharing.

Donna OShaughnessy said...


I just found your blog. What a gift! I have a real farm with real animals that bring in real smells and dirt and sometmes I just need to make pretty things. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!

~ko said...

I love this! Right now I'm in a huge phase or trying to use my printer for anything and everything!

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing & the printables.


I did never think I could run a paper bag into my printer....oh my!

Thank you for sharing this! What a great idea!!!


Ngo Family Farm said...

They are darling! You have the mst beautiful tutorials, thanks for sharing :)

Cailan said...

You have the best packaging ideas ever, Julia! This is so sweet.

branded bags said...

I love customized handmade gifts. Thanks for giving the idea and for the cute download printables.

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