Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fun Printed Lunch Bags


As boring as a brown paper bag?  Not in my world.

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I've been making my brown paper bag baskets and delivering eggs in them for a couple of years.  For a more personalized look (and to identify who they're from when left on someones front steps) I thought about stamping me some but then decided to try printing them on my printer instead. 

And why not add a little something fun to the lunch hour as well? 






Oh my gosh -- I love this idea.  Karen at The Graphics Fairy has a million crazy cute graphics (for free) that would make perfect lunch companions.  I picked one of these...





...and made this adorable lunch bag for my someone special.




It wasn't too hard, either.  I changed my paper setting to 5"x10.5" -- the same as the bag.  The printer ate the first three.  Then I got brave enough to stick my hand in with the bag to guide it and, snap, it worked.  I still lost a few but for the most part, they came out perfect.  Just hand feed them, one at a time.


Warning:
I'm not really telling you to stick your hand in your printer -- I'm just telling you I did and I didn't feel a thing.


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Here's how I make my little egg baskets...



So, how fun are these?










I can think of a million ways to use this idea -- how about you?


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68 comments:

  1. I absolutely love those! What a great idea!!

    ANd the quote is definitely something to think about.

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  2. Very, very cute Lindy! You just substituted the bags for paper in your printer? How amazing...I would think that they would be too thick to go through. What a cleaver girl you are.(-:

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  3. Way too cute!! I love it. And I'm jealous of your eggs!

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  4. Love that so much ... I can think of so many neat things to do with them. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh so cute Lindy, Makes one think of soooooooooooooo many more ideas!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Amy

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  6. You are such a talent - these are marvellous!
    Dianne
    YONKS
    OXOX

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  7. Love the look and feel of these. I can just imagine the treasures that would await inside such beautiful bags!

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  8. Love it! That would be great for party favors as well:o) Thanks for the idea! Would love for you to share this at my Summer Fun Fest Linky Party on Monday:o)

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  9. what a super cute idea! following you from I heart nap time ;)

    --Michelle

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  10. These are great! I am you newest follower. I would like to invite you to stop by my site. Found you through I heart Naptime.

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  11. I used to hand-stamp designs on my brown paper bags to make them more fun too. I haven't used one in a long while though. Yours are cute and I like how you made a handle for your egg bag. :o)

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  12. Lindy,
    I just love this idea! Can't wait to try some of my own.
    Cheryl
    p.s. Glad you tried putting your hand in the printer first:-)

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  13. I'm in love Lindy!!! Those are too cute!!

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  14. These are wonderful. I love the furniture polish quote, that is so funny! And what I wouldn't give for a bag left on MY doorstep of fresh eggs from the girls at Cottage Hill ... OMG your neighbors are SO lucky!

    Best,

    Kimberly @ TheSterlingCherub
    (My Blogger is messed up and won't let me comment as myself, so I have to be anonymous.)

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  15. Love this idea! I will have to try it. My printer and I do not get along, so I have my doubts if it will cooperate like yours!

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  16. I always give away my eggs in brown paper bags, but from now on they will be cottage hillized. Thanks.

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  17. Wonderful idea. You're so creative.

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  18. Such a cool idea!! And yours are gorgeous! Brilliant!

    BTW, I am giving a quilt away on my blog if you'd like to stop by and check it out!

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  19. How fun and creative you are! I love the idea of making such cute brown bags by using your own printer. I've never had good luck with my printer at home with anything for the craft, but it seems really interesting... What kind of printer do you have?

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  20. Lindy,
    These baskets are so darn cute...thanks for giving me a new idea!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. Super cute Lindy! My boys would love these.

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  22. what a fun idea. i love these!!

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  23. Enjoyable indeed!! You have made those brown paper bags a delight!!

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  24. Now this is a thoroughly charming and clever idea. Wish we did not live so far apart! I'd buy your eggs with pleasure!
    Rose

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  25. I had no clue you could stick a paper bag through the printer! I love the animal ones...these would be perfect {and affordable} party bags!

    http://www.craftychicka.blogspot.com

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  26. Brilliant idea!
    I would love for you to share this at our Monday Playdate link up: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/05/playdate-link-party-everyone-welcome.html

    Cheers,
    Lori
    http://beneaththerowantree.com
    COme & Play :: Playdate

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  27. Lindy,
    You are amazingly talented! I am your newest follower!
    Your home is a fabulous makeover. Stunning, adorable and terrific.

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  28. they look too cute! I made vintage lunch bag printables before http://fun.kyti.me/index.php/2011/04/vintage-lunch-bag-printables/
    super easy, also nice to wrap a gift!

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  29. I love your egg bags, Lindy! Good for you with the printer--I was trying to print fabric and finally gave up :(.

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  30. These are too stinking cute, Lindy! I especially love the elephant bag. What a fun way to enjoy lunch!

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  31. Those are just so cute! Such a fun idea, thanks for sharing.

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  32. So cute. Glad it didn't eat your hand. Thanks for sharing this fun idea at WUW.

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  33. That is such a fun and creative idea! I can't wait to try it out.

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  34. Wow, these are so cute! It never occurred to me to try and print ON the bag. I've stamped, drawn, and stickered bags, but never put them through the printer. We use insulated lunchboxes, but this would be perfect for fieldtrip days or as someone mentioned, for party favors!

    And I love your egg "basket" idea--it would save me a heap of trouble over finding egg cartons!

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  35. I love love love these! Very clever AND cute!!

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  36. I am faaaaar less creative than you are and couldn't possibly come up with another idea, but just wanted to say that I think this is the cutest thing I've ever seen!
    Stacy

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  37. Such a lovely idea... loved the quotes and cute graphics on them... very creatively done. I liked the way you made those handles. Thanks for sharing with us. Dropping in from Sherry's Open House Party. ~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  38. How absolutely fabulous. I just adore brown paper bags and yours are gorgeous, love the personalized touch!

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  39. Love this so much! So simple yet pretty and functional. Combines everything I love in a craft.

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  40. Oh my gosh what a great idea! These are fabulous, Thanks for the inspiration.

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  41. Lindy, I love your printed paper bags! It would be such fun to receive eggs in them. If I had stuck my hand up into the printer, I would probably have jammed it all up! LOL

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  42. I love this idea! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/diy-printed-paper-bags/

    Thanks for inspiration!

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  43. Such a great idea! Dying to try this out. I'm wondering if I have any paper bags that I can start playing with now... especially since I'm used to my printer eating paper anyway. :)

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  44. Wonderful idea! Love the Alfred Newman quote=)

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  45. I featured these on my blog! Thanks for sharing!!
    www.craftychicka.blogspot.com

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  46. First - I love your blog!

    Second - I linked and mentioned this post on my site today. I just had to share this one!

    Love the idea and I will be using it soon.

    Thanks,
    Jill

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  47. So cute and so customizeable. I really need to do this!

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  48. What a darling idea! I hate it when the printer eats my paper!

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  49. Wow, I love this idea! Your bags are adorable and I can't wait to make some of my own for bag lunches. Genius!!!

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  50. Adorable, Lindy! This is something I will have to do for my grand kids. Thanks for joining my party.
    xoxo,
    Sherry

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  51. Fabulous! I love taking the ordinary and making it special. So creative! Erin at http://www.inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

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  52. great idea....I´ll feature on my blog hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

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  53. These are so cute! I love, love, love the one with the handle.
    Kim

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  54. I'm pinning this!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  55. This is so cute that I had to pin it on pinterest!! Would you please come link it up at my Delicately Constructed Fridays? I would really appreciate it!!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  56. These bags are so cute!! You are brave sending the bag through your printer :-) I'm glad I followed you here from the Sundae Scoop Link Party, I'm also linking.
    Hugs, antonella :-)
    http://quilling.blogspot.com/2011/05/wacky-wednesday-hug-card.html

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  57. I love those....so adorable! Visiting (already following) from the Tues. hop & wanted to invite you to link up with our "Fun in the Sun" Hop every Monday throughout the summer:

    http://www.sweetdivamj.com/2011/06/berries-of-blue-fun-in-summer-sun-link.html

    Blessings to you,
    Jill @ Sweet Diva
    http://sweetdivamj.com

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  58. These are adorable. I've shoved some crazy things into my printer too!

    I would love for you to link this project to my new linky party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party.html

    Thanks so much for the inspirations!

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  59. These are just so adorable! I especially love the simple DIY bag basket...I’m definitely pinning this for future use!

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  60. I love Graphics Fairy and why not, when she has cute images like to put on your bags! I would like to try this, although I am sure my printer will eat my bag too. What font did you use for Noah's name---it's adorable! TFS!

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  61. just too cute!! what a lovely idea! thanks for sharing! I'm going to give it a try..I'm not afraid of my printer..i defy it to eat my hand!!!! Would be a cute idea for gift bags for the kids parties my grandkids get invited to!!..and for gift bags for their parties!! I never would have thought of this!
    love your egg baskets!!

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  62. What a great idea! Love it...thanks for sharing. I am pinning it. :-)

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  63. Hi Lindy, Would you be at all interested in sharing this wonderful idea and post as a guest post for the Back-to-School week of features that I'm putting together? It would be perfect! I'll be featuring creative Back-to-School posts Aug. 1 -7. Let me know if you'd be interested -- I'd be honored to have you. Kindly, Jenn

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