Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ribbons and Vinyl Scripture Bag

This is the cutest scripture bag and our YW fell in love with them.  They can be personalized and changed for each personality, season, or age.  They can scrapbook pictures or put their names on them.  A scripture or handout can be made at each lesson to go in the "window" of their bags as a reminder of their lesson for the week.  This is also a great camp craft.

My bag is scripture size but it can be adapted to a full sheet of scrapbook paper.   

Clear vinyl - sold at the fabric store.  The heavier the vinyl, the sturdier the bag.
4 (12 x 12) sheets of scrapbook paper (one sided) or 2 (12 x 12) sheets of scrapbook paper (double-sided).
2 rolls of coordinating 1/4 in ribbon
Lanyard string - Clear or Clear with sparkles
Refrigerator tubing - available at the hardware store.
Scissors or rotary cutter
Hole punch 

Each bag has a front, back, bottom and 2 sides. 
Vinyl:  Front & back - Cut 4 pieces to 7" x 8 1/2"
          Sides - Cut 4 pieces to 3" x 7"
          Bottom - Cut 2pieces to 8 1/2" x 3"
          Match sides and cut all pieces on 3 sides with a Zutter Bind-It-All Machine or you can have it done at a local binder such as Kinko's or the UPS Store.  Leave the top without holes to make a clean edge.

Scrapbook Paper:  Front and back - Cut 4 or 2 to 6 1/2" x 8 1/4"
           Sides - Cut 4 or 2 to 2 3/4" x 6 1/2"

Cardstock:  Bottom - Cut 1 to 8 1/8" x 2 3/4".

Sandwich the paper between the vinyl to your desired pattern for the inside and the out.  Use the lanyard string to lace all the pieces together criss-crossing as if you are lacing shoes. 

Refrigerator tubing: Cut to desired length and thread with ribbon allowing equal amounts of ribbon to hang out of each side.  Punch 4 holes in the vinyl, two on each side for the ribbon then tie the handle by the ribbon through each hold to make a handle.  Trim the excess you don't want.  

I left my ribbons long and have my YW scripture ribbons in my scriptures.....ribbons, ribbons everywhere!  A little bit of whimsey-perfect for YW!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Unique Invitations

Our YW in Excellence is coming up.  My committee of YW selected the "It's a Jungle Out There!" theme which I think will make a great evening!  They are doing a lot of the footwork and phone calling so I told them I would make the invitations. 

Mother's cookies just came out with iced Jungle Animal Cookies (green and white instead of the standard pink and white Circus Cookies).  How did they know?  I placed several in a glycine bag - a left over from my daughter's wedding reception - and stamped some paw prints and shapes on it.  I added the invitation to the front and an animal sticker.  They're kinda cute and a nice change from the regular handout.  The girls, of course, are always interested in the treat. 

It's fun to find new ways to hand out invitations for activities.  Buy a large, swirly lollipop and place an invitation on it with a ribbon or a decorated box with the invitation printed in the bottom.  A small invitation can be placed on a plastic toy or felt heart pincushion.  Play with your idea and your theme.  I'll bet you can come up with something very clever and I'd love to hear about it!