Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day Blog Hop with The Robin's Nest

Welcome to the Robin's Nest Earth Day Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Erika Taylor's blog. The blog hop starts at The Chattering Robin's Blog and you can visit there if you lose your way along the hop! Along with featuring beautiful paper and products from The Robin's Nest, we are swapping products with Want2Scrap this month, so I was able to add a bit of their chipboard shapes to my project too! There are also prizes for this hop, each blog will be giving away a package of mini dew drops and the grand prize is a leather binder, to be entered just leave a comment and a way to reach you!
My project for the hop is a paper purse. This is such a great project for Earth Day for so many reasons:
1) You can use recycled chipboard for the sides and bottom of the purse. I used the chipboard packaging from Creative Memories products, but I have also used cereal boxes and left over Christmas gift boxes for this style of purse!
2) I always have supplies for this on hand.
3) I found hardware that is renewable! Every piece of hardware can be removed from this purse when it wears out and used to create a new purse! I even found oversize grommets that screw in. So, I will be recycling these for my next handbag!
4) Sometimes the paper from The Robin's Nest is SO pretty, I don't want to cover it with photos! So, this is a great way to use a pretty paper and enjoy it!
5) This is a great gift idea for Mother's Day at a GREAT Price!
Now onto the details.
The Robin's Nest Glitter Writing Paper
The Robin's Nest Calamity Jane Diagonal Glitter Paper (purse lining)
The Robin's Time Flies Rubon
The Robin's Nest Glitter Teal Journaling
The Robin's Nest Calamity Jane Roses Paper
Want2Scrap Chipboard Shapes Style D (swirl)
Ranger Stickles Turquois
Tim Holtz idea-ology Foundations Metal Feet
Everything Mary Plastic Handles with Large Rings
Metal Grommets
Fringe Yarn
Clear Contact Paper
Size F Crochet Hook
Cut two pieces of chipboard into 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" squares (front and back of purse). Cut three pieces of chipboard into 4" x 7 1/4" rectangles (sides and bottom of purse).
From one sheet of The Robin's Nest Glitter Writing paper, cut one 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" square, and two pieces of 4 " x 7 1/4". Cut one piece of the Calamity Jane Roses paper into one 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" square, and two pieces of 4 " x 7 1/4". This will make up your bottom and one outside piece of the purse. I actually used the plan brown side of this paper, because I wanted it to match the Glitter Writing paper. BE sure to distress your paper with ink at this stage if you like at this point! Adhere the cut paper to the chipboard using a quick dry liquid glue or Xyron.
Scrap the brown side of the purse at this time. I fussy cut a bit of The Robin's Nest Teal Glitter Journaling, added the rubon from Time Flies, a favorite photo, a scrap of paper doily, and a fussy cut piece of The Robin's Nest Glitter Writing paper. I glittered the Want2Scrap with Ranger's Stickles in Turquoise and set it aside to dry and apply later.
For every piece of the purse, I cut clear contact paper to fit the inside of each piece exactly (7 1/4" x 7 1/4" for the squares and 4" x 7 1/4" for the rectangles). I then cut a piece one inch bigger then each piece for the outside of the purse (8 1/4" x 8 1/4" for the squares and 5" x 8 1/4" for the rectangles). Carefully apply the exact piece to the inside of the purse, pressing out any bubbles with a credit card or scraping tool. Then apply the larger, piece to the outside of the purse allowing the excess to hang off. Carefully miter the corners with the scissors and wrap the excess contact paper to the inside of the purse piece. The contact paper will help keep the glitter from rubbing off the purse and lengthen it's life.
Now punch holes in your purse pieces to prepare for assembly. I used We Are Memory Keepers Cinch, but any other binding tool can be used for this project, such as a Zutter. Don't have a binding too? You can cut these holes with your electric cutter (Cricut, Silhouette, etc.), a Crop-a-Dile or even an anywhere hole punch. Just keep your spacing even and placement along seams matching. So, holes where your front meets the sides, must be matching for when you crochet, and where the bottom meets the front and sides as well. Pictured below are the pieces before assembly.
Now add your stickled Want2Scrap swirl on top of the contact paper with glue (I used liquid glass).
Add the grommets as per the packaging instructions. These grommets, required I cut a hole using an Axcto knife, and then screw into place. To determine placement, I used the center of the ring at the bottom of the handles. I got my handles and grommets at JoAnn Fabrics with coupons and clearance sales for under $5.00!
Crochet the sides and bottom of the purse together using a fringe yarn (this is from Michaels) and a Size F crochet hook. I chained twice between each hole. I love the relaxing rhythm of crocheting! And don't worry if you are not an expert or have even stitches. The fringe yarn is very forgiving! Just keep your tension loose enough that the sides are perpendicular and tight enough that they don't come a part.
Add the Tim Holtz idea-ology feet at the corners of the purse using a hot glue gun, or other glue. Don't these pretty feet look beautiful with The Robin's Nest paper?! Add the handle using rings. Your next stop on the hop is Amanda Marks blog. Check out her great project HERE.


  1. BEAUTIFUL... love the Robins Nest papers you used... great purse! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Wowsers! What a great idea! Love the color combo too - super project!

  3. WOW!!!I love it. That can be made so many ways. With all the gorgeous papers, the possibilities are endless.
    skrappindiva29 at hotmail dot com

  4. Love the papers you used and what a neat idea :)

  5. Way to be is lovely!
    Happy to be hopping and I became a new follower, too!
    Jessica S
    Jessica's Craft Shaque

  6. Love this little purse Clare. It is PERFECT!!!!

  7. How cool is this? Very nice!

  8. Lovely piece. What a great way to recycle.

  9. Love the style of your bag. Love the yarn you used to sew it together.

  10. What a great idea! I love the colors and the paper. Thanks for sharing!
    BLW1003 at gmail dot com

  11. Wow - I love this purse! How cool that you did the stitching with fuzziness. This is just gorgeous! Loved the step by step easy instructions too. Awesome that you can also reuse the hardware when it's worn out. You are so clever. :) Janis craftyjanis at live dot com

  12. I love this awesome Purse!!! I am so glad you shared this with us. I cannot wait to try making one myself! Have a wonderful week Debi

  13. Ohh larrr Larrhhhh .. how creative was this project!! I love it so much!! Thanks for sharing all the details on 'how to' ... fantastic...

  14. Ohhhh, thats darn cute! And yes I love the feet too, its a neat idea, I have handles somewhere too that I didn't know what to use them on, so now I do! Thanks! Louella Turvey

  15. LOVE your purse!! Great job of recycling!!

  16. Wow, cute idea! We loved having you come to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back again soon! -The Sisters



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