Sunday, September 19, 2010

~Making Your Own Vintage Ad Brown Bags *tutorial*~

Good morning my wonderful crafty friends!

I was so happy and surprised that our
Americana Chickens began laying yesterday and
we found our first GREEN EGG!
My hubby and I were outside feeding the chickens together
last night and we opened the coop together and both
did a little gasp and squeal of excitement.
I have had many questions about these green eggs
and they are perfectly edible and just like any other egg.

OK remember I told you I was going to make a vintage
brown bag tutorial yesterday? Well, many attempts later
I figured it out and here it is.

This is the LO I used as inspiration *from yesterday*
because a friend sent me a vintage ad brown bag last
week and I wanted to figure out how to make my own.
Now I started with a regular CHEAP lunch bag
you can get a pack of 50 for like 2.00.
I wanted to get the smaller flatter bags but let's be honest
they were like 6.00! LOL I am frugal so I went with
the lunch bag.
With the lunch bag it does take 2 bags I will warn ya.
You have to cut the front out of one bag
leaving about 1-2" around the entire thing.
I tried to cut it 6X12 using ONLY the front but
the printer did not like those dimensions, as much as I tried
and I am pretty good with my computer/printer.
So for anyone who is not real techie this is the way to go.

I also suggest you iron of really flatten the paper you cut.
Now here it is after I printed it, but let me take a minute to tell you
how I printed it. I used Photoshop CS , you could use any photo
WORD program and collage any free vintage ad images you find online
Here is the 2 I made and here is the place I found my images
Feel FREE to use mine, but please not for publication in
magazines. And please if you do send them my way :)
I collaged the images, these are 1940's but you can
certainly find older and any style you want!
This blog here had AMAZING VINTAGE images
Especially if you wanted a little older style.

Anyways, after you make your collage or find one
and print it onto the paper, you will then glue it onto
the front of a full bag. DO NOT USE WET GLUE. You know
my stand by glue does not work. Not only does it bleed into
the paper because the paper is thin but it dries oddly.
I strongly suggest Glue Glider Pro or Scotch ATG Gun
those won't bleed or crack later, I found the other
glues I tried ended up bleeding or cracking.

Now this is how it looked when I was finished, you
can see I used a zig zag pair of Exacto Scissors to trim off the top.
You will lose maybe 2" off the top.
Those Exacto scissors I received yesterday in my
BZZ Agent kit for testing new products.
They are actually really cool!
Did you know Exacto made deco scissors? I had no clue!
Have you tried them? Do you like them?
Anyways that's how you make your own vintage brown bag
Pinky Style hahaha!
Hope you found this tutorial useful and try it.
If you do PLEASE let me know and please
tell your friends you found it right here!

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~Happy Sunday Y'all!~
~Have a wonderful day~


Manhattan Mandie said...

I LOVE this idea!!! Thanks for the info!!! I am going to try this this afternoon!!! Thanks!

Ziggyeor said...

Very cool! But I'll have to try this at your house since I'm not sure how a laser printer will like paper lunch bags :p

Leah the Orange said...

girlie, this is ADORABLE! and you are so patient to have trudged through the process with finding the images and making the bag work with your printer - but it was SO worth it! you should totally send your kids to school with lunches in these bags. :)

and WOO HOO to the green egg! i used to LOVE pulling the funky ones from our coop when i was a kid! congrats! :D

Yvonne Russell said...

What a super project. You have some fab ideas to share. Thank you.

celticmystyc said...

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Jocelyn said...

Now is this not awesome...who would have thought!!!! THANK YOU...I have to try this out!!!

I love the pic of the awesome!!!

Love ya girlie!!

Scrapycandy said...

I smiled while reading the entire blog today. Keep up the great work! You made my day!

iluvmybugs said...

That green egg is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial for the vintage brown bag!!!

Jenrex4 said...

I am so impressed. How do u come up with these ideas? I was thinking more along the lines of where did you find that paper. Thank you for the tips.

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

You rock this is so cool

Kray said...

Such a cute idea! I am going to have to try it!

Kim. said...

Congrats to the winner. Love the paper bag tutorial I would never of dreamed of trying to print on something like that but your style of photo's look brilliant, I wouldn't of known that was handmade.
Kim xXx

Catherine said...

Congrats on the eggs - they are beautiful! Is that weird to say that eggs are beautiful??? Well, anyhoo, they are and how fun to have them right in your own backyard - that makes them that much better. Love that cute brown bag idea too...such a sweet backdrop for a LO.

Kelly Sas said...

I love this idea, but I am not very computer smart so I don't know if I will be able to do it. :( Green eggs! So excited for you. I have a friend in Iowa who gets green eggs from some of her chickens.... so fun. So happy for you!

Pinky said...

Kelly just use the pictures I posted! :) You could even print them on Kraft paper.

Elisa K said...

love all the images you choose for your bag.... I have about 100 of those bags you used on your layout... lol I just adore them.

Love the tutorial also and the egg photo.

You rock.

Nanabells said...

You are sweet to be concerned about the "losers" :-) Thanks for figuring things out and sharing them!! One thing about the green eggs - are you going to have other colors? It will save you on Easter egg dye! ha ha Have a good day.

StampinCathy said...

Pinky this is awesome and just love this technique. You are so creative and look forward to your inspiring MOJO daily. I have to get my Pinky Fix!

Emily said...

Love it Pinky!!!

I have to ask.. what kind of chickens do you have?? I grew up on a farm and we used to have the kind that laid green eggs. I remember everyone asking me if you could eat them too!


marla said...

PInky - WEll you NOt only are a fellow fiskateer of mine but a Buzzagent as well I see. I just received my Buzzkit in the mail and like you was super surprised to see that X-Acto made decorative scissors. I had gotten rid of ALL my decorative scissors years ago as I tired of that crafting item but this are pretty amazing the way they cut. They are easy to use and give a nice cut.

Pinky said...

We have several kind of chickens Emily, the green layers are mixed breeds.
Marla yes I LOVE these I was so happy!~ They do cut well!

melody said...

what an awesome tutorial pinky! i totally love this!
and oh...those eggs look yummy!

Pammejo said...

Love the idea of the brown bag, great project. I am with you I lvoe that glue.

Lynne said...

Love the paper bag tutorial!! I def would not have thought of that!!

Patti Smith said...

Love, love vintage look and the brown paper bag is a great idea. I have never tried printing anything like this but I just might give this one a whirl!!! thanks for all your wonderful ideas!!!!

Sandy Ang said...

Oh, thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy Ang said...

What a great tutorial ! Thanks for sharing about the vintage print.