First, I stamped and colored my images with my Spectrum Noir markers. If you are new to coloring or just want to learn a bit more about coloring the Happy Christmas image you should go check out this Color-A-Long on our Spectrum Noir Blog.
As you can see the first two folds turn your 12 x 12 paper into a bi-fold card. An extremely large one but you see what I mean. And then the folds you made at 5 inches and 7 inches starts you on the road to turning that area into the base of your bag.
Here is the only tricky part. You need to make 4 side folds to make the pocket that your goodies will sit in. Here is what you do...see those score lines at 5" and 7"? You will see how they are folded with the "mountain" facing out. You will take that "mountain fold and line it up with the edge of your bag. Reach inside and smooth your finger down and make your fold. Do this on all 4 sides. Next open up your paper and put some adhesive on the corners. I've marked them in the photo below.
Put adhesive on the 4 corners I have marked.
Put adhesive on the 4 areas I have marked with my pencil.
This is what it should look like at this point.
Next you will fold the paper back and let the sides adhere. And then you will add more adhesive to the areas I have marked in the above photo. You don't have to do this stage if you don't want but it does give your bag more stability. All that is left to do is decorate now.
I made a little folded topper to go on the top of the bag. I cut out a piece of paper approximately 3 inches by 6 inches. I folded the paper in half lengthwise. Then I took one of my edge punches and punched the two 6 inches sides. I made pencil marks on the front of the topper at 2 inches and at 4 inches. These marks are where I punched my holes. It is best to put the topper on the bag first before punching these holes. That way your holes will line up perfectly. The folded topper fits easily over the top of the two sides of the bag.
Here is my bag with some goodies inside.