Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Paper Crafting Blog Hop December 2020- Gift bag using 12x12 DSP


Hello everyone and thank you for joining us today for our monthly Blog Hop!  We have talented Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators from around the world that are participating today!  We hope you enjoy the hop and make the full circle to get some great inspiration for gift packaging ideas using our wonderful products!  You may be me and need some last minute Christmas packaging ideas, but these ideas can be used for any holiday or celebration by changing DSP and stamp sets and embellishments! So keep that in mind!  You may have joined me from Terri's blog, and she had a wonderful project to share with us today. 

I have decided to show you how to make a handmade gift big using our 12x12 DSP. You will need two full sheets of 12x12 for this bag that are the same.  You will also need one piece of cardstock cut at 2 7/8" x 5 7/8", and color doesn't matter as it is covered up!  This gift bag is a great way to use up retired DSP that you may have laying around!  This bag is very simple to make with some score marks, a few cuts and adhesive!  I am using the Heartwarming Hugs DSP from the Mini catalog! 

To begin with you will need the simply scored scoring tool for scoring. If you don't have this you can use the score tool on your trimmer as well.  For your first score you will want to ensure you have your paper correct for the design that will the flap so you will have to watch orientation when doing this based on your design!  So for mine, I want my stripes going vertical when bag is sitting upright, so they will be horizontal when I score at the 2" mark.  Once I do that I will turn my paper 90 degrees and score at 3" on each of the remaining 3 sides of the DSP!  

You will now use your bone folder to burnish the 2" score line on each piece and adhere them with whichever pattern you want for the flap facing out. I used Tombow as it gives wiggle room.  Once those are adhered, burnish your other 3 sides that were scored at the 3" mark folding the opposite way so the outside of your gift bag will show! 

On the 3" end of your two pieces that are opposite of your folded flap, you will do some cutting.  One one piece if your cardstock you will cut up the two middle lines that are score and that is it.  On the other one you will cut up the two middle score marks and then remove the squares completely.  Here is what you are left with. You will also adhere your 2 7/8" x 5 7/8" piece of cardstock here as shown to the piece you cut the squares away.

We now assemble the gift bag.  Again I used Tombow glue as it gives a bit of wiggle room to line things up.  Start by adhering the squared to the inside flap. So your adhesive will go on the outside pattern.  I always use my bone folder to secure my glue.  Then take the flap where you adhered the cardstock and put adhesive on that and place it in the bottom of the other piece of paper.  Then add adhesive to the two flaps and glue them inside as well. Secure with bone folder rubbing.  And just like that we have a gift bag and just need to dress it up a bit!!! 

Because our patterns match adding holes for ribbon is easy! Ensures they line up on both sides. I went down three rows of pattern, in 7 and used my take your pick tool and poked through on each side.  You will then add some ribbon on each side and knot it inside each hole, the length will truly depend how long you want your handles.  I cut two pieces at 12" each and have nice handles. And you now have a gift bag. Attach a tag or decorate as you wish! Mine will stay like this until I figure out whose gift is going in it! :)


I hope you have enjoyed my project I shared with you today.  You can surely make a gift bag for any occasion using this layout and our wonderful DSP we offer. If you search YouTube you can get many sizes of this gift bag, I chose large for my project.   Please click the next button below to be taken to xxx's blog to see the next great packaging idea.  We hope you will join us next month as well for more inspiration!

Here is the complete blog hop list so you can continue on and do the full circle.  

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held
Annette McMillan
Sue Boerner
Martina Auer
Terri Stewart
Krissi Hannah--You are Here! 
Julia Mazur
Maureen Rauchfuss
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward

Please contact your demonstrator to order any supplies you may need for packaging ideas!  If you don't currently have a demonstrator and have found us today and live in the USA, I would be more than happy to help you. Please click HERE to be taken to my store to order anything you may need and send me an email to if you need catalogs!  


  1. Beautiful project and great instructions. Thanks for sharing Krissi.

  2. Great packaging - I end up doing these every year it seems for last minute packaging - thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you. They are easy to make and a great way to use up that retiring paper :)

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  4. Krissi, thanks for the instructions for this cute bag!!!

  5. Great bag! I like how you put some card stock on the bottom to stabalize it. You and I had the same thought this month!

  6. Your choice of DSP makes a really fun, festive bag. I love you project

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    1. Thank you Shirley! It truly is a great way to use up soon to retire paper for gift bags that can be reused!

  8. Great packaging project! Thanks for sharing how it was created.

  9. Krissi, I love this gift bag (and the instructions!)! This DSP is my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e of all time and I will be so sorry to see it retire. Actually, I have a package that I will not dare open unless it is an emergency! Sandy

  10. Wow! That's an amazing bag - love the size! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Greetings from Austria, Martina

  11. Fabulous DSP and love this style of bag, in any size !