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One Last Design… PURSuE Your Art

Reported By Sarah Moore

We are at the end of our super fun week with PURSuE You Art! I thought I’d leave you with my latest purse design… and a quick tutorial of purse assembly for you.

Just a quick reminder…

Independent Scrapbooking or Stamping demonstrators: Pursue Your Art offers a wonderful Class Kit… details of which can be found HERE. It’s a 10 Pack kit that allows you to make a small profit off the sale of the purse to your customers so you can incorporate the purse into a special class!

All Craft Critique Customers: Here is a special deal for YOU! Get a free set of replacement panels and pocket cards with every purse order. Just use coupon code “101” during check out. Offer expires September 9th.

OK… back to crafting! 🙂

Covering your chipboard panels with the PYA Purse is easy peasy… I like to place my paper on a cutting mat, set the panels on top, and align a metal edged ruler beside the edge of the panel. Now if you are super careful… you won’t need the ruler… but I am a messy and clumsy crafter.


Next, run the paper pieces you’ve cut out through your Xyron! If you don’t have a Xyron, then use any liquid or paste style adhesive… I like Scotch Brand Quick Dry Liquid myself… a little dab’ll do ya! Then just apply the paper to the panels.


In this particular design I also added a bit of sponging (with Basic Black Dye Ink by Stampin’ Up!) along all the edges… it sort of made everything more cohesive.

Then I poked holes through the paper covering the side panels… the chipboard already has a hole… I just made a little “X” with my Craft Knife and then poked through with the back of my knife… it fit perfectly! You will see in the next picture… of the assembled side panel… that the eyelet that holds the handle in place sort of covers the hole… so don’t worry too much about neatness here.


After adding embellishments, resembling the purse is simple… I will agree with Amy that the Ball Chain handle’s cap (which holds the handle securely in place… so you want it tight) can be a bit testy at first. A needle nosed pliers makes simple work of holding the cap so it then it pops right off. The rest of the assembly is self explanatory.

And here is the finished Bag! It’s sort of Punk/Rock and Roll meets renegade Crafter Bag…


Paper: by Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations and Harley Davidson for EK Success, and Basic Black. Ink: Basic Black by Stampin’ Up! Embelishments: Self Adhesive Ribbon from Die Cuts with a View’s Rockstar line. Self adhesive Snaps by Joanne’s Crafts, Glitter Letters by Martha Stewart Crafts.
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PURSuE Your Art—Changeable Art Purse

Reported By Amy Westerman

I was pumped when I received one of Erin and Mary’s purses to alter when I was at this summer’s CHA Convention in Chicago. I received it with the sole intent of reviewing it for the readers of Craft Critique! That’s you guys!

The PURSuE Your Art Purse is made from high quality, durable vinyl. It’s approximately 8” tall x 11” wide, and is 3” deep. So as you can see, the purse is sized aptly enough to hold a nice size wallet, some lip gloss (sorry, I can’t do the lipstick thing!) and your cell phone. Size is one of the most important factors for me when I choose a purse. It can’t be too small because it has to be able to hold, at the very least, the above three items. Yet it can’t be too big, because then it just ends up being a big junk pit!

I was slightly confused on how to get started designing my new purse, but when all else fails, find and read the instructions! It’s amazing how helpful instructions can be. Once I found those, the project was underway.

The first thing I did was remove all of the black panels from the vinyl “purse”. This was a very easy process. These panels are what you adhere your designer paper to, and they make up the “structure” of the purse. Without these panels, you would just have a flimsy, vinyl purse with no structure to it whatsoever. So, once I removed these I needed to decide which paper I wanted to cover them with. Since I’m such a fan of Scenic Route paper, I chose to cover all the panels with a pattern from their Laurel line called Marina Drive.
This part was so easy. If you’ve ever covered chipboard with paper before, this is the same concept. After I got each panel covered, I placed them back into the vinyl purse covering. So far, so good! It was simple and quick.

Next came the hard part. Now I had to design the “pocket” panels of my PURSuE Your Art purse. I have to admit, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my panels. There are two different styles of this purse available for purchase. One of the purses has 8 pockets (5 pockets on the front panel of the purse, and 3 pockets on the back side of the purse, all sized 2.5 x 3.5”) on it, and the other purse, which is the style I had, has two pockets (one on the front flap and one on the back panel). Each of the pockets on my purse are 4.25 x 5.5, which is the exact size I make my cards. This makes it easy for those of us who are card makers, to use these pockets to showcase our work and change them out as often as we like!
If you chose to use your pockets that way, you would want to make sure the paper you chose to cover your main panels was very neutral in nature, so the cards would stand out and not be lost in a sea of color!

I chose to make specific designs for each of my pockets that matched the paper I used to cover my panels. I don’t plan on “re-designing” my purse once it’s done, although that is surely an option you have with this purse. You could actually cover BOTH sides of your panels with different patterned paper and just flip flop them around as the mood strikes! In addition, you can purchase additional panels for your purse, so you can have even MORE options to reassemble your purse and make it look different! How cool is that? When I was done making the cards to place in the pockets of my purse, I was really pleased with how it looked! What an easy project! These purses are perfect for those of you are in direct sales and have numerous products to sell! The self promotion opportunities are endless! For someone like me (who is not in direct sales), the purse is a great way to show off family pictures or personal artwork you are proud of!

The last little detail that I had yet to finish on my purse was attaching the ball-chain handle on the purse. The instructions make is sound really easy. I’m here to tell you it was NOT easy for me! After trying numerous times to “pop” the bell sleeve off the end of the chain, I gave up and emailed Sarah Moore, Editor in Chief of Craft Critique, and asked her how to remove it. She instructed me to use a needle nose pliers to hold the bell sleeve and pop the ball chain off. Finally, I was able to remove the sleeve. Maybe I had a particularly difficult chain, and the rest aren’t that difficult. I don’t really know. But adding a little blurb in the instructions about using a needle nose pliers to make this step easier would be a cheap fix that would eliminate frustration.

In the end, I am pleased with my PURSuE Your Art Changeable Art Purse. The creative possibilities are endless. It makes the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. And if that special someone is you, more power to you! Have fun with it!

Independent Scrapbooking or Stamping demonstrators: Pursue Your Art offers a wonderful Class Kit… details of which can be found HERE. It’s a 10 Pack kit that allows you to make a small profit off the sale of the purse to your customers so you can incorporate the purse into a special class!

All Craft Critique Customers: Here is a special deal for YOU! Get a free set of replacement panels and pocket cards with every purse order. Just use coupon code “101” during check out. Offer expires September 9th.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

PURSuE Your Art with Fibers

Reported by Donna Lannerd

Okay, I just have to start out and say I have a yarn and thread stash, a fabric stash and now a paper stash (thanks to all the stamper and scapbooking friends I’ve been making). But for trying out this unique purse I let my fibers be my inspiration. So far, I have only seen this purse using papers like the amazing pieces in the gallery on the PYA website.

When I first got my hands on this boxy piece of plastic with nice little pockets the first thing came to mind was it was just another purse for putting pictures in but after sitting down with it and imagining what I could do with it I decided I didn’t want to put pictures in it at all. After all the name is “Pursue Your Art” and the one thing I would love to do some day is to create art quilts. So far I’ve only had time to take classes and try out a few techniques without really creating something whole. One of the techniques I recently learned was how to make fabric out of threads, yarns and snippets of fabric.

So, I made panels of fabric using my yarns, threads and fabrics. The basic technique is to arrange the fibers on a piece of Solvy by Sulky, lay another piece of Solvy on top and then sew through every thing with a coordinating thread. When you’ve pretty much sewn the heck out of it, you dissolve the Solvy in water and allow your new fabric to dry. This first photo is the close up of the main fabric (already in the purse) I made for the background.


This photo is two of the inserts I made. One is another collection of threads while one uses fabric as a base to sew the threads to. I did place both of them in between the Solvy before stitching. One of my favorite things that came with the purse was a little hard plastic template that you can use with your rotary cutter. That is how I got these perfect rectangle shapes that fit precisely into the pockets which I kept rearranging until I got it just right.
One of the problems I had doing this was getting the slightly bulky fabric around the inserts and still fit inside like I wanted. I was hoping to cover the edges so they wouldn’t show but the new fabric is thick so I had to trim the side pieces of fabric to fit in. After trimming the fabric I used glue attach my fabric to the panel inserts. My fiber choices and the black inserts blend very well so I lucked out since the inserts look like part of the design. I’m not sure if this is the way to go and I am still tweaking my methods. If I was using just plain cotton fabric I would have used a fusible web to apply the fabric to the inserts.

Once I put the inserts covered in the fabric back in place I simply inserted the plastic liner that will keep the items inside the purse from catching or harming the art. Then it was time for the handle which ended up confusing me a little bit. It is basically one of those chains made from little metal balls you find hanging from a light bulb or key chains but with larger balls and cover in a sturdy plastic. I had a hard time getting the ends off to run the chain through the purse handle holes. Once I was able to do that I got it on and seems quite secure.

So here is my fiber “art” creation using the purse. I would have to say I think the best part of this purse it is so much FUN! I could play for hours upon hours trying out new design concepts. Maybe next time I will add some photos printed on fabric and embellished with stitches. If you would like to make a similar purse and you don’t sew you could use glue to artfully attach fibers to either fabric or to paper.

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