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Getting crafty: Day of the week lunch bags 06.12.2012

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! A visit from Laura Parke is making our Tuesday morning sunnier! Check out her latest brilliant project idea (we were pretty much dying over this one):
Who wouldn’t love day of the week lunch bags? It’s a clever take on the old school name doodle my mom would create for me in my younger days and it’s super easy to create yourself.
materials: paper lunch bags, reverse printed image from a laser printer or copier, colorless blender marker (found at art supply stores)

Step 1: Cut out each image you want on your lunch bag. The trimming doesn’t have to be perfect as only the ink will transfer to the paper sack.

Step 2: Line up your image, face down, onto the bag in the place you want it to transfer.

Step 3: Using the colorless blender, color over the image to get it wet, making sure to hold your paper in place while doing so. You’ll want to cover the ink several times to ensure a good transfer.

Step 4: Keeping the image flat on the bag, take any flat surface (like a debit card) and burnish the image thoroughly. During this process, you might want to lift a corner of the image to make sure it is transferring successfully. If it is not, just color over it again and burnish it with more pressure. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the ink transfer.

Step 5: Continue this process on all of the bags until you have all of your images transferred. These are dry to the touch immediately. The great thing about these bags is that the image can be personalized or customized to say anything you want. The possibilities are endless!

comments 3

  1. Josephine Kimberling

    LOVE this! Now I’ll be thinking up different ways and projects that I can use this technique for!

    June 12, 2012 2:01 pm
  2. Lindsey @ be pretty

    STOP IT! Obsessed with this adorable idea! :)

    June 12, 2012 3:59 pm
  3. Morgan

    oh SO glad you guys like it!!! That Laura, she’s our crafty gal!!! :)

    June 12, 2012 7:17 pm

pretty package: helios 06.04.2012

why Hello Helios! We just wanted to tell you we love your packaging. I mean, this is just a slam dunk – gorgeous color, loads of surface patterns and this packaging was all designed with function at the top of mind. These photos should cheer up your Monday morning! Make sure you head ever to Lovely Package to get all the details and see even more  photos of this gorgeous packaging collection!!

All packaging designs by Uniform. All photos from Lovely Package.

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pretty package: chock full of goodness pack 03.07.2012


Right, so I’ll be the first to admit that this is super random, but these collections of ephemera over at Felt & Wire Shop just caught my eye. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing and pick things like this up at garage sales, antique malls, wherever I can find it, and these just seem like really good little groupings. And, they’re only $15. Fun!

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art & design: mid-century album & book covers 02.28.2012


We’re always suckers for mid-century homes and furniture, but the graphic design of that era is also at the top of our list so we fell head over heels when we stumbled upon New Documents, an etsy shop that specializes in mid-20th century modern album and book covers! Thinking one of these might be a nice addition to a gallery wall, what do you think?

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  1. Scott Lindberg

    >Thanks for the link and kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the shop — New Documents is definitely a labor of love for me. I have pieces framed and hung in my home and studio. They look great and provide unlimited inspiration!

    February 28, 2012 2:43 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Scott–it would be SO inspiring to have some pieces of your collection hanging on our walls! love your stuff–and please keep collecting :)

    February 28, 2012 5:46 pm
  3. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >I am all over these! Would love to frame some of these!

    March 1, 2012 4:35 am
  4. The Glam Lamb

    >Loe this post. Different and unexpected and havent seen any posts like this. thanks for sharing!!


    March 10, 2012 6:16 pm

holiday gift guide: mom’s wishlist by barbara shaw 12.16.2011


We’ve had lots of friends stop by the blog lately for the 2011 Holiday Gift Guides, but today it’s about to get even more personal! Today is the start of our gift guides done by our very own moms and husbands. We’re really excited to share their fun picks, because, of course, we think they have great taste…and, to be totally transparent, this was the best way to get them to tell us exactly what they really want!! (How genius are we?) We hope it helps you all complete some of your shopping lists as well! So, thanks mom, for taking over our blog today-we sure love having you on here!
Love you,

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  1. Jeanee


    December 18, 2011 2:41 am