Monday, December 14, 2009

Trader Joe bags...not just for groceries...






I don't intend for this to turn into a  "crafting blog,"  it's just that, well, we've been doing a lot of crafting lately...and having a lot of fun too I might add...seems we always dive into the craft projects with full force at this time of year.  My 5 year old son is enjoying it so much though...I think we might be doing crafts on a more regular basis from here on out :)  Don't worry though, we'll get back to regularly scheduled decorating talk soon...





Our latest project was turning the brown bags you get at Trader Joes (or any grocery store) into gift tags.  All I did was cut the tags out using an existing tag I had as a template, and then stamp onto it using a little white paint that I applied to the stamp.  Braden used his white crayon to draw pictures on his tags (apparently I'm not allowed to show his artwork on my blog...5 year olds can be funny that way...)


I embellished my tags with some petite vintage stencils I picked up at a local antique store a few weeks ago...











Even the backs of the tags are cute thanks to the holiday themed printing on the TJ bags right now...










Now I need to get using all of these tags we've been making...and get wrapping!  I'm closing in on finishing my Christmas shopping, so it's time to turn my attention to wrapping my gifts...this part is fun for me, so I don't like to leave it until the last minute when I am rushed...what can I say, I love all aspects of Christmas!!!  Be back soon with some gift wrapping ideas...


What Christmasy goodness were all of you up to this weekend???  Now on to the bustle of a new week...


Happy new week my friends!




Tracey

76 comments:

Chrissy said...

Morning.....nice tags (&bags)could not do that with our grocery bags!!I can hardly wait for Christmas I am like you I love everything about it! Have a great week,Chrissy

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Great idea! I just love going to Trader Joes! We don't have one close to us but when I pick up my son who goes to school near one then I get to treat us to a trip to T.J's! Have to get me some bags! ~ Theresa

donna said...

Hey there girlie girl!
These are adorable!
I love those stencils you have there! I love metal and brown paper they have such charactor!
Hope you keep sharing you adorable art projects...they really are darling.
Have a wonderful Monday dear friend
hugs & blessings...donna

Julie said...

Great idea, Tracey--LOVE those TJ bags--love everything TJ's! Hope you have a beautiful day!

traci said...

you are giving martha a run for her money!! the tags are great!!! i did some shopping friday afternoon, saturday and i think i am going out today. maybe i can finish it up. i haven't even started the wrapping either. one thing at a time. have a great day.

Sandi said...

I love these tags Tracey! What a wonderful idea!!
Blessings~

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Tracey... those are adorable! And I love how you are recycling the bags to make them! xoxo Julie Marie

Simply Me Art said...

How Clever! I Love it. Thank God for Trader Joes too. Have a Great week, xo Jamie

the wild raspberry said...

you're a crafter at heart...i can sense it! :)
have a lovely day~
chasity

Kasey said...

gotta love T.J's!!
I'm doing a post on thier new bags of sugan and flour..have you seen those...sor freakin pretty!
Hope you had a great weekend! my parents are still here and leave tonight.
xo

Enter Lovely said...

I love the white script on the first one. What a great way to make a package pretty!

koralee said...

Soooo lovely. I adore those stencils you found. *sigh..I just need more time because the best part of Christmas for me is decorating the gifts. I more week of school left and then I can really focus on the tasks at hand. Have fun!

Tracy Suzanne said...

They really did turn out very cute!

Have fun wrapping....Tracy :)

paperhill said...

those are darling! i love the stencils you found! i love crafting, too bad there's all those other things to get in the way, like cleaning :) have a super week and thanks for stopping by!

stefanie said...

ooo, the white looks sooo good on the brown of the bags, your gifts are going to look amazing

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Those stencils are darling! I sure wish we had a Trader Joe's here... sniff sniff.

FILIGREE MOON said...

Cute, clever, craft!! ~ Angela

Attic Charm said...

Love this idea - great repurposing!

Leah C said...

Love the tags! Great way to recycle, too:)

Cathi said...

great idea, I am going to do that with my TJ bags..that is my fave store to grocery shop at! I finally got my tree up, gifts bought and watched more Christmas movies, plus helped frost cookies with my friend. Happy Monday to you! xxoo

Laura said...

Great idea....
I enjoy crafting blogs too so if you turn into one of those...I will still follow along! Enjoy your time with your five your old...time has a way of evaporating!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Very clever.... Love it....

Anne Marie said...

guarantee you will get more readers if you keep this up!

those stencils would be hard to part with....

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Those are really cute! Just another reason to love Trader Joes.

This weekend was packed, so now I'm off to relax and enjoy a slower paced week!

Blessings,
Sasha

Wizard of Was said...

Hi Tracey! Been awhile, but I'm back! Hey, these tage are soooo cute! What a great idea...I may have to steal (er, borrow) the idea for a craft project with my grandchildren on Wednesday night...hope you don't mind. Now I need to get STARTED with my Christmas shopping....
~Gale

chandelier magic - beach house said...

what a great idea! i love it!

happy holidays -

marsha

paige said...

you are now hanging out on top of the rockstar pedastal in my world!
bravo!

T said...

Those are so cute! I wish I had the patience to do crafts.
p.s. you should be getting a little package in a couple days!:)

Barbara said...

You are so clever, Tracey! I love your tags.
Have a lovely week!

The Little Red Shop said...

Now that's a pretty wonderful recycling project! : ) Love it! Our first real snow started yesterday..now we have several inches of powder, it's snowing, and I'm getting ready to head out to my shop for the day!

Have a beautiful Monday!

Julie M.

LuLu & Co. said...

I'm finishing up on shopping too so i can focus on my favorite part.... wrapping! Your tags are the best!!
xo,
LuLu

tara said...

cute cute cute! you are just too crafty, I am afraid we can't be friends any more! Ha, just kidding! love them...and the tiny stencils!

mandiegirl said...

Great idea!

Brandie said...

LOVE, love this! Ooo, off to craft with some paper bags!

BonjourRomance said...

What a great idea, you are a very crafty girl! The little stencils are so cute.
Have a fabulous week

Florence said...

I think the gift tags are just as much fun to get as the gift itself, you can tell there has been so much love put into it. Thanks for sharing your idea. Florence

The Flying Bee said...

Love it, you crafty girl you!

Have a great week!

xo,
Adrienne

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Tracey,

You are so clever and creative, your tags are stunning! Your photos are gorgeous too!!

Love and hugs,
Karyn

Martha said...

Tracey...what a grand idea...I was kicking myself yesterday when we went to Trader Joe's because I forgot our recycle bags...and now I know why!!!!

Tags are beautiful...but I was trying to think of something creative for the girls to do to add to their teacher gifts...like a card they make...and here I go...I will be using the bags...thank you for being my inspiration!

Chrissy said...

Thank you,I needed that!! I am sooooo computer dumb its not funny,I think I will leave it for now...just looks fresh and clean! Glad you liked the post,means alot coming from you!!!Talk soon,Chrissy

Gretchen said...

Tracey,
Thr tags are so cute! What a creative idea! By the way, I love Trader Joes!
Happy Holidays,
Gretchen

Jeanneoli said...

I love using paint on stamps. Love your use of grocery bags...fabulous idea!!!

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Tracey! I agree with you! Crafting is always fantastic and doing it with our children is a wonderful experience!!!
The tags you made are very nice and you're very talented!
Happy new week!
Vale

a little bit vintage said...

Love your tags...and the vintage stencils! :)

Smiles,
Rachel

AshleyR said...

Great idea Tracey!!
I thought about you this weekend while purusing Anthro ;)

Julie said...

Tracey - these tags are wonderful and a great way to upcycle those brown paper bags - it's all good with this project and I'm sure the recipients will appreciate your personal touch. Happy Holidays - xo Julie

KarenSue said...

I love this idea! I have trouble paying for gift tags. Love it.

Jane said...

The tags look great. I have a whole box of those stencils....although I think a little larger. You've given me a great idea to find the initial of each recipient in my stash of stencils and use on their gift tag as an extra little gift! Thanks for the inspiration.
Jane

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

TRACEY, THOSE ARE WONDERFUL! AND YOU ARE DECORATING WHEN YOU MAKE THINGS TO ADORN PACKAGES AND GIFTS. THEY BECOME ORIGINAL AND SPECIAL AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE DOING SOME IMPORTANT BONDING WITH YOUR SON. I SAY KEEP ON CRAFTIN'.

CHEERS, JUDY

Jill said...

I blogged about my bottle drying rack tonight! Check it out. BTW - love the tags....before you know it you will HAVE to start that crafting blog!
Cheers!
Jill

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

Your tags are lovely and even more special that you and the children have made them.
I love it that your Son did not want his Artwork shown ( how sweet.)

I have just finished the last of my Christmas cards.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Queen Bee said...

Creativity found in the simplest of things is spectacular! And by the way...I adore seeing all of your craft projects...and hearing about your children. Glad that you have your Christmas shopping almost finished...and I agree wrapping is a blast! Smiles and Blessings!

Marydon Ford said...

What a FANTASTIC idea ... love your creativeness.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon
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Jen R. said...

Very cute! Love that craft! :)

BellaRosa said...

Tracey, I love your TJ Christmas tags, good thing I have a bunch of bags stored :) now how did you get that postage mark added? inquiring minds want to know :) lol As far as you turning this into a crafting blog...I love that you share such great crafting and decorating ideas :) they are all much appreciated! btw I found the bird punch and did you know they have one with lil feet on the birdy that is also a stamp? I thought it was cute..Again, thank you for sharing...please continue to do so..Besos, Rose

BELDECOR by Bine said...

Hello Tracy,
what a wonderful idea... the tags are so stunning. Enjoy wrapping the gifts, it's so nice to do without any rush, I also love to do it. Happy week for you, Tracy!
Many warm hugs
~ Bine ~

Modern Country said...

Thank you Tracey, for your lovely message! You are the sweetest!! Your thoughts made me so happy :)) I often visit your blog, often very late nights and admire your home and fantastic beautiful Ideas. You should know how many of us you Inspire every day!!

Again thank you, may your day be filled with lots of great moments,

Varm greeting,
Aina

Jill Elaine said...

Love love love!! and I want those stencils! I want the tag with the ampersand stencil! oh, dear, sounds like i'm coveting ~ better get on with my day instead of drooling over other peoples blogs!!!
Jill

manon21 said...

j'adore ce que tu fais!!

merci aussi de ta visite.

Joyeux Noël

Manon

manon 21 said...

OOOUUUPS

Manon c'est moi!!!

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

you are utterly fabulous.

'nuff said.

;)

xoxo

Firefly Hill said...

Tracey,

These are so pretty...love your ideas!

xoxo,
annie

Living It At Home said...

Oh my gosh, I love this craft idea! I have not been shopping at Trader Joes yet, didn't know they had such cute bags!

I wanted to let you know that I tagged you with the Honest Scrap Award...10 things about you and 7 others that you would like to know more about. Please stop by to check it out!

jamilyn

June said...

Tracey you make brown bagging it look so fun. I never would have thought to do this...but I will now! Wish I could find some of those darling stencils too.
hugs

Vintage Junky said...

so, so cute! I have some vintage stencils like those, but mine are brass... did you put something on them to turn the metal?

Smiles!
Michelle

Farmgirl Paints said...

Tracey girl you are so good. Love your creative heart!!

Lori said...

These are so pretty Tracey! I just finished my shopping tonight and still have to sort through everything and wrap ~ which is really my favorite part! Have a great week.

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Tracey,
Thanks for the comment. I think your tags are cooler actually. I would never part with the way cool stencils tho, I'd be hoarding those! Lisa

Lissa said...

those are really cute! that is an idea I would really copy! Love it and easy too! Although i don't have the antique letters which add a lot!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Well, I for one think you need to start ANOTHER blog...one for decorating and one for crafting!
If anybody could pull it off, it'd be YOU! :-)

I just discovered this past Summer while in Portland. What a cool store!

Anne

Gypsy Purple said...

Love this!!!!!

Sammy Girl said...

Hi, Tracey!
Love the tags ... and if you are carful you can run "sheets" of paper bags thru the printer!! I have done this as a cheap way to make tags ... and any "smeary-y" ones just have extra character, lol!
Hugs!
Bettty :)
ps -- and who doesn't love more crafts?? I do!

Anita said...

Hey- who is complaining about this being a crafts session? We are ALL lobing it- and the ideas. That all goes with decorating, my dear, and you have a great gift. THANK YOU for sharing it...And this makes just ANOTHER reason I wish we had Trader Joe's here...I guess I will say "paper" next time...I usualky get plastic so I can reuse them at Kane for customers....

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Cute idea...and love the fact that your recycling.

Brabourne Farm said...

These tags are gorgeous - love them! Leigh

kanishk said...

These are adorable!

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