How To Turn Outdated Catalogs Into Gift Bags

Have you ever wondered what to do with the stack of outdated business catalogs that you have accumulated? You do not want to throw them away because they cost you money, most of the information is still valid, and you are sure you can use them somehow. Then, you end up ordering the updated catalogs and never give your old ones a second glance… until you decide to bite the bullet and trash them.

Over the years of having a direct sales business as a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant, I have heard of several good ideas on what to do with the outdated catalogs. For example, you can put a sticker on the front with contact information and stating that new catalogs are available. Then, you can give them out to customers or put them on magazine tables in waiting rooms (with permission). However, the best idea I have heard of so far is making them into gift bags. This saves you money by not having to buy bags and by allowing you to use the catalogs instead of trashing them. The bags advertise your business. The bags are perfect for carrying product you are giving away (door prizes, host gifts, etc.). You could even use them as a replacement for your host envelopes.

There are various videos on YouTube showing how to make gift bags using wrapping paper. I made my catalog gift bag after watching several of those videos and experimenting. Here are some instructions and photos of how I make them.

  • Take your catalog apart by removing the staples holding it together. Keep the pages intact so it is two connected pages.

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  • Fold half of the page to just over the center fold.

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  • Then, fold the other half to just over the center. Tape together. 16143045_10211943410249737_2356405967451893669_n

To create the base:

  • Fold up the bottom. Then, fold in the corners. (Like you would do if wrapping a gift with wrapping paper).

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  • Fold the sides of the base together. Overlap slightly.

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  • Tape the base where all folds meet. This is essential to make sure the base is secure.

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  • Open up the bag and smooth out any creases the best that you can.

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To create the handles:

  • Cut the two connected pages in half you you have two separate pages.

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  • Then fold the page in half and cut so you have two halves.

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  • Roll each of the halves into strips about 1 inch wide (or whatever your preference). Make sure you have good creases as you roll so that your handle are flat not round.

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  • Secure rolled strips with tape.

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  • Attach strips to the inside of the bag on both sides. You can use tape but I prefer staples.

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Filling the bag:

  • Choose what you want to put into the bag! Do not forget your product information, host pamphlet, and/or whatever is applicable for the occasion!

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  • Fill the bag! If you want a closed bag, skip making the handles and just fold down the bag and tape shut. 16002990_10211943406289638_7875223174700228436_n

The size of the bag is going to depend on the size of your catalog. If it is too small, you can tape pages together at the beginning to create the size that you need. Also, these bags are not going to hold a lot of weight so keep that in mind when filling them.

How do you use your outdated business catalogs? Comment below! I would love to hear your ideas!

My Vision Board

As some of you may know, I am a Independent Sales Consultant with NORWEX. This past weekend, I attended the Norwex Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. I had an amazing experience connecting with new friends who share the same passions. We learned so much about the Norwex company from a global perspective and great tips, tools, and steps that will help us be successful in our businesses. There are several things that I want to share with my blogging community that I think are great tools for any home business or of great importance to every day life (whether or not you are familiar with Norwex). So, I will be blogging about them on occasion this month!

For those of you who have never heard of Norwex, the Norwex mission statement is as follows:Mission_Statement_Web_Design

One of the things we heard over and over at the conference, is to dream big and set goals. I am sure that these two things are mentioned at any direct sales business conference but these apply to anyone in any situation. If we have dreams and goals for our lives, then we will actively pursue them. We will work harder to accomplish the things we want to accomplish. During one of the sessions I attended, the speaker suggested creating a “Vision Board.” Basically, something that you will see every day that will be an encouraging reminder of why you do what you do and a reminder of the goals you have. You do not have to have a business to create a vision board. Maybe you have a family goal, or a workout goal, or a vacation goal. A vision board could be created for pretty much any type of dream or goal you have. Right now, my goal is to be successful in my Norwex business so that I can provide financial “extras” I want for my family.

I have a large bulletin board already mounted in my office/guest room. I decorated it in a similar way for both of my exchange students that we had. I just left it a blank canvas for them to do what they wanted with it. First, I chose wrapping paper and ribbon that matches the theme I am going for. In this case, blue and green since they are the colors of the Norwex logo. I cut the paper to fit the board and stapled it only around the edges (you can use a knife to trim the edges after you staple the paper). It does not have to be perfect because the ribbon will cover any imperfections on the edges! Then, I cut the ribbon to create a border. I use a 1 inch ribbon because I know it will cover up the staples. I use flat push pins to pin down the ribbon. This allows for easy change if I decide I want a different color at some point. Then I cut several other pieces of ribbon and pin them in a crisscross pattern. I weave them over and under the other ribbons. I used regular push pins to pin where the ribbons cross. This gives me something to hang things on. You can use all the same types of pins or mix them up!

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After the foundation of the board was complete, I started adding things that I thought would be encouraging for me to see every day!

My name badge from conference:

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My immediate financial goals:

[Side Note: In case you are wondering, I over estimate for trips in case there are financial set backs such as car trouble, airline delays, extra hotel expenses, etc. If I have money left over from a trip, it transfers over to the next financial goal. So if we only spend $750 on our Iowa trip then the left over $250 will go towards our Tennessee trip.]

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Lyrics from my all time favorite hymn:

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My Career Plan:

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I am a Sales Leader and my goals this year are to work towards Executive Sales Leader and Senior Executive Sales Leader:

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And some other little things to complete the project!

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I did leave some room because I am planning to add the Norwex mission statement and a family photo since they are the reason I am pursuing my business goals. With this type of set up, I can continue to be creative by adding or changing out things like ribbon color or Enviro cloth color. There is plenty of room to do whatever I want to do with it!

Do you have a vision board?

I would LOVE to hear about yours! Comment below!

Send photos to have the opportunity to be featured on my blog!

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www.alysasawyer.norwex.biz

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