Happy Birthday Honey! + Tutorial

Posted by Maja Nowak

12 August, 2014 - , ,

Hello Maja Fans and welcome to the blog today!

It’s Maja here to share a little birthday set I created for my husband. He celebrated his birthday last week and I wanted to prepare some nice packaging for the presents we bought him. And here’s what I came up with:

set16But it’s not just a decorated paper bag 😉

set17It’s a 2-in-1 paper bag! 😀 The tag is removable, so it serves as a birthday card too 🙂

set18set19And here’s how I made this set: I started by trimming the chosen papers (1), then I stamped that same image in two various sizes on the smallest panels (2). I added some texture pattern (3) and finally distressed the edges of all the panels (4):

setaI worked on the tag first. I needed to locate the place for the paper washer, so I layered all the tag panels and placed them over the tag base (1), turned it over and punched through the visible hole (2). Then I attached the washer over the hole (3) 🙂 Finally I decorated the tag so that there weren’t any elements sticking out in the lower part – otherwise the tag might not slide in and out easily (4):

setbThen I went on to work on the bag panel. I layered two smaller panels and started decorating them (1). I arranged three flowers in a U-shape line (2), so that the flower from the tag goes in the middle when the tag slided in (3). Why I didn’t layer the largest panel yet? Because it would come into contact with the tag and I didn’t want the flower stems or the brad arms to hinder the tag sliding (4).

setcWhen I finished decorating the front of the bag panel, I layered the largest panel and had two elements of the bag decor matching in colours and style:set12I placed the tag under the bag panel so that the flower clusters matched, and holding the two pieces together, I turned them over. Then using the foam tape I formed a kind of sliding guide for the tag, like so:

set14Then I added a few supporting pieces of foam tape and attached the decoration to the bag:

set15That was easy, wasn’t it? 🙂 Now you can follow my steps to make your packaging unique 🙂


Maja Design papers: Vintage Frost Basics: 2nd of December, 9th of December, 21st of December; Vintage Autumn Basics: No. XIV, No. XVI.

Other: Flowers: Flora Bella; dies: Die-Namics, Cheery Lynn Designs; stencil: Crafter’s Workshop; stamps: Tim Holtz.


See you soon 🙂


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