Lil Something Sunday by Lucy Edson - Go Green!!

With all of the emphasis on going green these days it really makes you think before tossing that bag in the trash.

I created the background on this layout using a heavy weight brown paper bag for the back and a lace paper ruffle with a light weight brown bag. For the background I guess it is pretty obvious – I cut a 12x12 square for my background and with the Hambly layered on top it really helped to stabilize and make it sturdy enough for a layout.
I love lace and the die cut paper lace you can buy these days is beautiful but I wanted to make some of my own – here is the quick and easy process:
Brown Bagging It
1. Cut your bag into strips – about 1 ½ inches wide.
2. Use a border punch to decorate the bottom edge – this is the Martha Stewart Embossed Zig-zag.
3. Sew about ½ down from the top, using a long stitch and loosen the tension a bit – 6-7 stitches per inch.
4. Pull the top thread only and slowly work the gathers toward the center of your strip – you can work from both sides to gather your strip.
5. Attach the completed gathered strip to your project!

I misted mine with an orange mist and some ink to accent before gluing it down. One quick tip is to keep your strips fairly short – not longer that 10-12 inches or it is hard to gather. Almost any border punch would create a beautiful paper lace and you can punch both sides of the strip for even more detail. Let me know if you give it a try.


Nan said...

Beautiful...really like the brown bagging trim and that you showed us how to do it! Love how your style just keeps evolving and getting even better if that's possible.

~Sasha Farina~ said...

this is just beautiful!!