It’s Maggie – back again with a project I’m so excited about!
As you know, Easter is this Sunday, and it’s one of my very favorite holidays.
This year, as a way to make it extra special, I’ve created some little notebooks & bookmarks (all wrapped up in a matching goodie bag!) to give to the women in our Life Group (Bible Study group).
Here’s what I used to make my gifts…
The new Magnolia Jane Collection paper pad
The WeR Memory Keepers 1 2 3 Punchboard
The WeR Memory Keepers Goodie Bag Ruler
The Heidi Swapp Minc (not pictured)
Gold Reactive Foil (not pictured)
Heidi’s Easter 2016 free printables…found HERE
To start, I opened Heidi’s printables (link above) in Photoshop, extracted the parts of the graphics I wanted to use, and added them to new 8.5″x11″ pages.
Now, there were a few things I had to keep in mind when creating these pages…
Because my printer prints pages only up to 8.5″x11″, and because the Goodie Bag Ruler works with pages 6″, 8″, 10″ or 12″ wide, I had to create my page to work within these parameters.
I decided I’d start with 10″ wide paper to make my goodie bags…so I had to make sure my graphic was turned 90 degrees on my page. (I could only make them 10″ wide if I turned my paper sideways…this would make my final page 10″ wide x 8.5″ tall).
I also had to make sure to account for the extra inch that I would need to cut off the bottom of my original printed sheet before I made my bags. I did this by using the rulers in PS to determine where the middle of the page would be if it were only 10″ wide, not 11″.
I printed out my sheet on my laser printer (remember, this is the only kind of printer that will work with the Minc machine!) and cut off the extra inch on the bottom of each page
I foiled all of my pages with gold foil and got to work turning these sheets into goodie bags.
**If you are unfamiliar with how the Minc works…take a look at these VIDEOS…and prepare to be AMAZED!**
The Goodie Bag Ruler is soooooo cool.
BUT, there is a learning curve…so, as I do when you’re using any tool the first couple of times, I recommend you try using it with scrap paper a number of times until you get the hang of just how it works.
I mean, really…these look just like goodie bags you’d buy at the store!
So, so awesome!
Once all of my bags were prepared, I made some bows using the WeR Memory Keepers 1 2 3 Punchboard & the scraps I had left over after cutting down the 12″x12″ patterned paper for my bags.
These little bows are so adorable! And I love that you can make bows of all sizes!
Seriously…the WeR punchboards are incredible tools.
I adhered my bows to my bags and moved on to putting together some little notebooks to fit inside.
I created these notebooks in the simplest way possible…
I counted out 15 sheets of copy paper and cut them in half height-wise so that I had 2 stacks of paper each measuring 8.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall.
Then I cut a piece of the 12×12 Magnolia Jane paper to measure almost 10″ wide by 12″ tall…then I cut this piece in half. The result was 2 pieces of paper each measuring 10″ wide x 6″ tall.
I folded each stack of copy paper in half width-wise…and did the same with each piece of the patterned paper. Then I simply wrapped a piece of the patterned paper around the stack of copy paper and used a long-reach ruler to bind them together.
A little clip from Magnolia Jane Collection holds the little notebook closed.
Next, I created some personalized bookmarks in Photoshop for each of the girls, and printed them out on my laser printer.
I laminated the entire sheet of bookmarks with the Minc (YES! You can use your Minc as a laminator, too!) and then I cut each bookmark apart.
I tucked the bookmarks under the clips and then tucked the bookmark/clip/notebook bundle into the goodie bag.
ACK!!! I just love them so much!
The gold foil just makes everything look so cool!
I’m so excited to give my friends their little gifts! I hope they love them…
Thank you so much for taking a look!
I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out those Mincs and start foiling…and to pull out those punchboards and start crafting!