Sunday, January 23, 2011

Paper Bag Photo Album


I love making paper bag photo albums, they're cheap and easy to make and I can use up left-overs from other scrap-booking projects. First, take a paper bag and fold it in half:

Then fold one-three more bags (I usually don't make make these mini albums out of more than four sacks because they become too fat once you add all of the embellishments and photos). Take the other bags and stack them alternating the ends like this:

At this point you can punch three holes on the spine of your book and tie them up with ribbon or you can decorate them first (that is the way I prefer to make them). Staple the opening of one of your sacks to make a sleeve for adding more photos (sorry for the crappy photo):


Staple other end of the bag to add more sleeves for photos and embellishments:


Decorate your bags just like you would a regular scrap book. Here is the cover of my bag:


This is the inside of my cover:


Here is the outside of bag #2:


And the inside:


Here are my inserts for secret, hidden photos!






Now all I have to do is print my photos and add them to my cute little album!

21 comments:

  1. That's really cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. a girl after my own heart. I make these too...found you at craft-o-maniac...#277

    great idea - thanks for sharing

    xo
    tina

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  3. super cute - I've had these paper bag albums on my to do list forever and I love your easy instructions! thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've been debating on whether I could make one of these and your instructions are very helpful! Thanks for sharing your project!

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  5. really cute idea! I am following you... come follow me!

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  6. I've never seen these before--they are wonderful! Oh my gosh, and what a fabulous way to use all my bits and scrapes of ribbons and fabric...thanks so much!

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  7. Another fantastic project!!!!
    =)

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  8. Oh my, truly crafty! A paper bag never looked so cute. I want to make a ton of these, so inspiring. Please consider sharing your great idea with my followers by linking to my blog bash K.I.S.S.=Keep It Simple Sunday, the link is open til Tuesday evening. Happy to be your newest follower. :)

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  9. this is amazing!! I absolutely love it! I am going to feature it on Handmade Tuesdays, so come grab a button if you would like :) And thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings!

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  10. Sooo cute! made one before but I love yours!!!
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  11. Beautiful! You're so talented! :)
    I'm a new follower.

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  12. aww this is so cute.
    Don't forget to link this at our weekly link party every Wednesday,
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/02/fun-ideas-for-valentine-day-2011be.html
    thank you,
    Maggie

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  13. Your paper bag album is wonderful. I love the organic feel and the binding is wonderful.

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  14. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...
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  15. Nice one! love this album of yours. I've bought discounted photo papers, so I could print the pictures and place them in there.

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  16. Nice work it just amazing!!! Can Paper bag been so beautiful!! Eco friendly products

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  17. They are so fun!!!! Yours is lovely. I have included a link to it here: http://creating-with-the-js.blogspot.com/2012/04/paper-bag-album-how-to-in-memory-of-my.html

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  18. Hi,

    The theme of your blog is very beautiful and the article is written very well. Paper bag photo album is very similar to decorating a regular scrapbook. The size of your finished album will depend on the size of paper bags you use common bag sizes are 5 inches by 11 inches or 6 inches by 12 inches, but use any size you wish, from tiny to oversize. I like this site. Keep it working every day. Thanks...

    Flush Mount Photo Albums

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  19. I have been searching for a GOOD tutorial on this, I love it and you explain things perfectly....Thank you so much for sharing!!

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