Tuesday Tutorial : Scrapbook Paper Bag Album

Tuesday Tutorial : Scrapbook Paper Bag Album

The scrapbook paper bag album is the perfect beginner scrapbooking project. They are easy to put together and relatively quick. The only caveat here is that paper bags are not acid free. So if you choose to do this, use either duplicates of your photos or prints from a digital camera. You could probably spray it with acid free spray to add a longer shelf life.

Scrapbook Paper Bag Album : The Video How To

This paper bag album has a family theme and it’s the first paper bag album I’ve made that hasn’t gone into the trash! For a twist on the classic paper bag album, I bound the bags vertically and used them as envelopes for really huge tags! There is tons of space in this album for photos, journaling and memorabilia.

I’m trying something new with the videos I’m finding. I’m transcribing them enough to get a tool/materials list. And here is what she used:

  • 5 standard paper lunch bags
  • self-healing [easyazon-link asin=”B000HF6JEY” locale=”us”]Cutting Mat[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B001PX893Q” locale=”us”]Bone Folder[/easyazon-link]
  • paper cutter
  • adhesive  (in this case the  [easyazon-link asin=”B000BKZ8Z6″ locale=”us”]3M ATG700 Adhesive Transfer Tape Applicator[/easyazon-link])
  • exacto or matt knife
  • ink and sponge
  • clear ruler
  • pencil
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B000S15O20″ locale=”us”]Uchida Mega Craft Punch, Circle[/easyazon-link]
  • scissors
  • EK Success [easyazon-link asin=”B000B7S4FK” locale=”us”]Corner Adorner Small Rounder Corner Punch[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B0033PELL8″ locale=”us”]Paper Edger Scissors Scallop[/easyazon-link]
  • patterned paper cut to 5×10 (for cover)
  • my minds eye bohemia collection
  • embossing stylus (paper scorer)
  • cardstock

Yes, the links above are all Amazon links. I’ve provided them for 2 reasons. One, you might already have most of the tools, but you just need one or two more. Two, I get paid a tiny commission and that money helps pay for the upkeep of this site. (well, not yet anyway, but a girl can hope!)

If you prefer written instructions, here’s some from the folks over at about.com

Scrapbook Paper Bag Album : The Plain Vanilla Written Instructions

I never realized how ahead of the trend my mom was. She altered paper lunch bags everyday – writing my name on it with a smiley face in the D, or tying a colored ribbon around it on special occasions, or drawing balloons for my birthday. And now, who could have imagined that what typically carries a cold lunch to cafeterias everywhere, has become such a hot trend. Using paper bags to create cute and interactive albums is a great project for brag books, cards, and special gifts. And they are so easy to make!

Step By Step Instructions:

1. Lay 2 or more paper bags together, alternating ends.

2. Fold the bags in half and you have a “spine.” I found it easiest to sew a single line up the fold line to help hold the book intact while I worked on other features.

3. Punch holes along the binding area of the book. Do not place eyelets here until you have put on your “binding” if you choose to do one.

4. At this point, you are ready to decorate!

Ideas for Binding:

  • Ties – Use bits of ribbon, fabric or fiber tied in knots in each hole. This method can be seen on the Valentine’s Day album.
  • Paper Binding – Create a binding with a strip of coordinating paper. You can then re-punch your holes for perfect placement, then add any of the binding ideas. Paper binding shown here with brass brads.
  • Lacing Ribbon – Lace ribbon in a zig-zag fashion through the holes, coming back in the middle with a bow.
  • Metal Binding Clips – Found in the office supply stores.

There are a lot of hiding spots for journaling tags or extra pictures in your book. Each open end of the bag now can be used as a pocket to slide tags or pictures into. What once was the bottom flap of the bag now serves as a hidden journaling feature. Either use it as a lift the flap type of feature where you hide journaling under it, or open it, cut a slit along the fold line, and insert a tag (narrow tags work best here).

Above all, have fun decorating your new album to fit your theme. They make great brag books for grandparents or friends, special memory books for birthdays or anything you can dream up!

A special note about paper bag albums: Paper bags are not acid-free, meaning that over time, they will break down much faster than acid-free, lignin-free papers. They are also not as sturdy as a cardstock album. So please remember to only use duplicate pictures when making your albums. Precious, one-of-a-kind photos can be printed out, color copied at a quick copy shop or duplicated at your neighborhood photo lab. Original Source.

So there you have it! How to make a scrapbook paper bag album. Go forth and create! Oh, could you let me know if your found the materials list helpful? If you did, please LIKE or SHARE with your fellow scrapbook peeps.

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