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Imagine this…It’s 9pm on a friday night and you suddenly remember you have treats for the soccer game tomorrow. It’s also just a few days before St. Patrick’s Day. You want to do something cute rather than just the standard bag of pretzels or carrot sticks for the kids. What do you do?
One of the things that is super nice about digital kits is that they can be used for more than just scrapbooking! And I wouldn’t be much of a digicrafter if I didn’t show you lots of ways to use these kits in your crafting!
So today’s project will be using a digital kit to create your own bag topper. With multiple holidays coming up, this is something you can do over and over again! Today’s focus will be using my St. Patrick’s Day kit. This kit also happens to be on sale this month for only $3.00:
To create the topper, we need to start with the size of our document. A standard sandwich or snack bag is 6.5 inches across the top. We’ll want our topper to be about 3 inches but because we will fold it over the top of the bag, we need to make the height on it double.
So our starting canvas size will be 6.5 inches by 6 inches:
Now you can fill it with whatever paper you like. Here is the one that I chose:
The next thing we want to do is know where our fold line is, so I start with setting up a guide. We know we want it across the middle from the top down. And it needs to be at the 3 inch mark. To do this, go to View>>New Guide and set it to this:
This will put a nice blue line across the middle and we know that we can create the front of our topper in the bottom half of our canvas:
I also like to put a fold line, very lightly, along this spot so that after printing I can see exactly where to fold. We’ll do a white dotted line, but turn the opacity down so that it is very faint. We don’t want it taking away from our topper!
It’s faint, but it’s there. To get this dotted line, at least in photoshop, use the line tool and hold your shift key down to draw across where the blue line is. Before simplifying the layer, go to the menu at the top and change fill to the box with the red line in it and the stroke to white. There is also a drop down menu to give a full line or a dotted line. Your top bar should look like this:
For this project, this isn’t a crucial step because we know its the halfway point and could be easily folded that way, but if you are going to make these to sell or even with other projects, this can be an important step to get that faint fold line!
Now we’re going to use the elements from the kit to decorate just the bottom half of the topper. Here is how I did mine:
Now I’m going to print, cut and fold it over my baggy. I can fill the baggy with candy or chocolate coins (which I think would be perfect for this particular topper) and give away!
Back to the scenario at the top, you could do the wording as “Lucky to be your teammate” or “Lucky to be on your team”, fill the bag with pretzels or carrot sticks and suddenly you look like the creative Pinterest mom! No one has to know that it took you less than 30 minutes to create and print these toppers! These will also work great for class parties, church activities, to be added to your child’s lunch, etc.
Here is a picture of the finished product! I filled the bag with sugar puffs because I had them on hand and they seemed to fit the theme!