Saturday, April 10, 2010

Paper bag album tutorial by Kristie

Kristie had an awesome tutorial on her blog for those popular paper bag albums.
I asked her if I could use it here, so the following is just copied and pasted from her blog-with her permission of course.
The truth is that I have never done one of these albums myself, but I will for sure try it now. She got me inspired!

Here it is-all Kristie's words and photos.

Tutorial for paper bag album

I am all about saving my pennies these days and here is one fabulous way to do it. Head to your pantry and pull out three paper lunch sacks.

Lay them on top of one another with the middle bag going the opposite way of the first and last. Adhere your bags together however you like. I have used staples, brads, eyelets and stitching but I don't really have a preference for one way over another. It just depends on the look I am going for. This is the quickest way: staples

My daughter makes bazillions of these albums. It is a great kid project! Easy and CHEAP! In the top example I used eyelets so I could tie on some ribbons. The eyelets give the bag the necessary stability to resist the dreaded tear. I also like to stitch the bags together. I begin by actually measuring {gasp} and drawing myself a little guideline:

Then, I clip the edges together so they don't slide on me while I sew

Finally, off to the machine:

Ready for embellishing!

Once your album is assembled, you can begin adding some pretty papers. I used the 3 Bugs in a Rug Simple Pleasures line for this album. I adore this line of papers and embellishments that I got in a My Creative Scrapbook months ago. I like to cover the flaps with different paper than the main bag section but that is just personal preference. My daughter likes to cover the entire page with one paper, making it "more like a book than a flappy album." Her words;)

Sometimes I even leave some of the paper sack exposed

And I also love to add some pockets to hold items like handmade tags. This is a very interactive album.

With the paper sacks, you also get these nifty "built-in" pockets for storing tags, journal blocks, pull-out pages...the ideas go on and on. I have found it is best to glue down one side of the flaps. Otherwise when sliding things it and out...well, let's just say I've met with a bit of frustration and who needs any more of that, right?

I use my pockets to store extra pages that I made for the album. I made good use of my beloved border punches to jazz up the exposed edges.

***For these type of pull-outs, double sided paper is a must.

On this page, I used a scalloped circle punch to chomp out half a circle to give me a nice grippy spot with which to pull out this slide-out page since I didn't give it a fancy edge. I did pop a circle sticker on the spot where I will pull it, for durability and cuteness...

See the other side of the circle sticker?

And finally, the back of the album. This is where I plan to journal an "About this Family" blurb.

Thank you so much Kristie for sharing your tutorial!!
Make sure to visit Kristie's blog where she has plenty of tips.
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Dara Lynn said...

I saw your tutorial last week and had to show my mom...she and I scrapbook one day a week together. AAWWW ...we did your paperbag mini album. It was a blast and it turned out BEAUTIFUL. I used the new Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby papers and embellies everywhere. I made it for my grandmother and even made a chipboard puzzle and stuck inside one of the sleeves...she loves puzzles. Thanks for inspiration and I will be posting to my brand new blog and will definitely pass the beautiful work you inspired! Thanks again!

Becci Sundberg said...

Oh I just love this. Will certainly have to give this a go

mustangkayla said...

Great tutorial Kristie!

me said...

So cute! I have seen these before and once I am done with my two current projects, I think I might give this a try!

I would love for you to stop in!

karennarelle said...

is great! I have heard about and seen them but have never seen a tut before. i think even i can do this

Jennifer said...

Wonderful tutorial! What a fun project!! Thanks for sharing Kristie!!

artycrafty said...

love the album. very very beautiful

Michelle said...

Love this!! I recently received a paper bag album in a kit and haven't done anything with it!! You have inspired me!

Tiny Treasures by Tava said...

I really like your tutorial! I really enjoy creating albums from paper bags too!
I will recommend your site to my crafty friends as well! Thank you!

Galaxi Accessories said...

thank you for wonderful tutorial, I hope you can visit my website to?^^

A "Shotgun" Gold said...

Love these. I made a couple before, but this just put the bug in me to do some more. Christmas is coming fast! If you don't have a sewing machine, you could punch however many holes you want down center/fold and tie them with ribbons, or the clasp metal rings, or be creative and figure out something else. Thanks for the idea again.