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Paper Bag Album

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

Making a Paper Bag Album is easy and fun. It's a great way to create an album with lovely hidden pockets and flaps. And it is thrifty recycling at its best!

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Paper Bag Album

How to Make a Paper Bag Album

All you need are some paper sacks, some adhesive, some scrapbooking paper and embellishments, and your photos/memorabilia.

The tutorial for making these can be found in the video below.

It won't take long to create your handmade photo book and it makes an excellent gift project as well.

This little project lets you make extra pages to be stored inside the pockets of the sacks, so you can add in little surprise elements if you like.

You could place memorabilia in the pockets, for example, such as

  • movie tickets and programs, set out on their own page
  • journaling pages
  • more pictures, (maybe the more private ones?)
  • copies of letters, printed out emails etc
  • tags, small cards
  • a set of handmade cards as a gift
  • the words of songs, poems, or
  • a combination of anything that suits your project.

The  video below shows you how it is done.

I recommend you watch the video, then gather your supplies and watch it again, and then make your own. Or you could play the video and pause it at each step so you can follow along.

As long as you have your supplies ready, you will soon have a sweet little completed scrapbooking project on your craft desk, all ready to be decorated.

You will need:

  • Five paper bags to form the basis of your album
  • Adhesive such as double-sided tape
  • A couple of pages of designer series paper to decorate
  • Other embellishments of choice, including two little catches as shown in the video
  • Your photos and memorabilia

Other Ideas:

I've used these little beauties in making Circle Journals. They make an inexpensive and light item that can easily be sent through the post.

Another use for them is to make one to be used at a going away party or similar event. Decorate with photos of your special guest and people who will miss him or her, then make a page for people to sign or comment on. Present the completed item to your guest as a special memento instead of (or as well as) giving them a handmade greeting card. You could set the album up so that photos of the event can be inserted.

If you have a photo printer, you could even print the photos for the album during the party!

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I hope you have fun making your own paper bag album. Remember to write and tell me when you make one.

I would love to see your unique spin on this idea.

Or if you have more ideas for how to use recyclables in your papercrafting, please tell me that too.

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