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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bath & Beauty Weekend Project

I can not even begin to tell you how fun it was to make this tote!!! I have seen these totes being done on many blogs and I thought they were cute but I never tried it. Well today I thought I'd give it a try and see if they were as easy as all of those bloggers were saying they were. Well, of course it was easy!!! It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" items!!

Here is how you make this. First you need the Stampin' Up! Box #2 Sizzix die. I cut two of them out of the new Dusty Durango card stock. I folded the score lines, except for the top flap, don't fold that at all. I did fold one of them and realized I shouldn't have. It doesn't really show on the box much but if you can remember, DON'T fold it!! I then put the box together like you normally would. You will need to remove the top side pieces that fold over into the top of the box. These pieces are hidden when the flap is normally folded over it and closed. These serve no purpose in this project. I suppose you could fold them in and tape them down but you don't really need any side support.

Once you have the two boxes ready take one of them and punch a hole for the handle. I used an oval punch for mine. Line it up with the second box, trace it and then punch it. Now you can tape or glue the two boxes together back to back. I used tape for mine, just regular double-sided tape. I thought glue might warp and the Sticky Strip was a bit too sticky for this.

I had gotten some of these fun bath scrubby puffs at the Dollar Tree. They come 6 in a container. I picked this yellow color because it complimented the Dusty Durango best of all of them. I tucked it in one side of the tote.

Then I found some fun hotel shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles that I had in my cupboard. See these things do come in handy someday!!! And don't let anyone tell you any different!!! LOL

Now to keep them from tipping over in the tote I cut a piece of card stock 6" x 1-1/4" and then I score it at 7/8" intervals. The photo shows black card stock. That was my prototype!!! I had a scrap of black and I was playing around with it so I could get the inside piece right. Funny thing is, I got it right the first time. When I redid it using the Dusty Durango I taped the peaks together. That is an optional thing. It looks better if they are taped but there is more slack in each section. SO I put the black piece back in because I didn't want to cut a whole sheet of Dusty Durango just for that little strip. Now if I give it as a gift (which I probably will do) I will hopefully have a scrap piece of the Dusty Durango by then!! And if not then that person will have to be a very special one for me to sacrifice a whole sheet of card stock for them!!!! LOL

To decorate the outside of my box I used some fun scrap (yes I have scrap) decorative paper from the Razzleberry Lemonade package. I am using a lot of that paper, it's so fun!!! I may actually have to purchase another pack of it soon!!! I just measured the sides and cut the paper 1/4" less so I had a nice border on each panel.

I took out my Stampin' Up! "Oval All" set and stamped the image on Very Vanilla card stock. I did cover the words with a piece of tape. I wanted the butterfly on the oval but not the words that came with it. These words came from the new "Teeny Tiny Wished" set. I did have to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the words where I wanted them in the oval but after all isn't that what the Stamp-a-ma-jig is designed to do??? Quite a while back my upline Sue showed me how to use it. I only had the thing for a year and had no idea what I was doing with it. She showed me how to use it and with her hands on help I have found this to be one of the most fun and useful tools to have. I use it a lot now!! Thanks Sue, even the little things you do mean a LOT to me!! You're the best!!! She's one of those people you meet and you can't not like her!! I am so fortunate to have her in my life!!!

Well, this is how you make this cute tote!!! Wouldn't they make great teacher's gifts? I thought it would be fun to put cookies in them. Each side looks like it would hold 2 of my homemade chocolate chip cookies!!! Hmmm, I may have to get the new Halloween papers and make some fun spooky cookies for the tote!!! Endless possibilities with this tote!!! Go have some fun with it!!! And I LOVE it when you can use your die cuts for more than what they were designed for. It makes it seem like the cost of it just went down!!! LOL

I have another project using this die cut that I will share with you in a few days.

Thank you every SO much for visiting today,


Sara Paschal said...

very nice, love the colors you used.

reeree62 said...

WOW Wanda!!! Awesome!