Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Cheer Bag again...

I don't know what happened to the post from yesterday. When Jackie first asked me about the pictures, I could see them although she couldn't. That has happened to me before when I visit other blogs. As the day progressed the photos began to disappear. I removed half of them thinking maybe I'd uploaded too many to this post, but by this morning, all you could see was a little red x where each of the photos used to be. So, let's try that again....


The Cheer Bag contained tags with pictures of items that can be found in a real cheer bag. The backs of the tag provided each girl a place to write an note of thanks to their coach.



Here's how I made it. I started with blue 12 x 12 cardstock, trimmed to 12 x 6.25. Using the Jumbo wheel like a brayer (no ink cartridge inside) I stamped the outside with white dye ink. For the front panel, I took another strip of blue cardstock, trimmed it with a decorative wheel on my paper trimmer. The letters are the negative of the cardstock sticker letters (Memories Forever). I used a silver leafing pen to highlight the decorative edges.


It was scored it in the middle and at 1/8 inch increments on each side of that initial scoring line for a total of 7 scored lines. I wanted the bottom of the bag to have a lot of flexibility. Then it was scored 1 inch in from each end.

The 16 pockets were made for the inside.To make the pockets: Cut six 4 x 6 pieces from coordinating 12 x 12 paper. Score each at 2 and 4 ½ inches. Fold and stick together with double stick tape. Put a strip of double stick tape down the center of each pocket. One by one remove red lining and stack the envelopes together. ( There are step by step photos of this process here.) Remove the lining from the tape at the bottom of the stack and press one side, overlapping just the first few score lines. Remove the lining from the tape at the front of the stack and fold the other flap up pressing it into the tape.

When opened you should see a honeycomb effect.



I used magnetic buttons from Basic Grey as closures. As you can also see the handles were made by running white ribbon through floral eyelets.



The Tags: I used navy cardstock( 2 5/8 x 4 1/2"), the tag punch, the jumbo wheel, a bow punch, white cardstock( 2 1/2 x 4 ") for the part where they write, and photos of things that usually appear in a cheer bag.



Talk about working under pressure! I finished 10 minutes before we had to leave for the banquet.

5 comments:

imchatty (Denise) said...

I can see it all now and it is AWESOME! You are so creative and what a special gift! WOW....love it!

Anonymous said...

Amazing, amazing, just amazing. SOOOO much work but you make it look easy!

Donna C

Jackie said...

Thanks for fixing that - it was sure worth the wait. That is a fantastic little bag and I know the coach was thrilled to receive it!

Trish D said...

What a fabulous momento!! I may try to make something like this for our MOPS Mentor Mom - I love the pocket idea so that everyone can write a note. Thanks for taking the time to upload all the pics again!

Staci said...

That turned out GREAT! Gimme'a J! Gimme'an A! Gimme'a C! Gimme'a K! Gimme'an I! Go, Jacki! Go, Jacki!