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Fun scrapbook album made from paper bags
This is a fun to make & own album. I leave the tags & pages blank, so that the recipient can fill it with their scrapbook treasures.

Posted by Pearle D. from Corpus Christi, Texas, United States • Published See Pearle D.'s 12 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Use three paper bags of the same size and color.

    Layer each bag on top of the other with the open end alternating on each bag.

    Line up the three bags and fold them in half.

  • Step 2

    I used a large needle and twine and hand sewed mine down the middle of the layered, folded bags. Ribbon would also look nice, or you can get really crafty and use both!

    If you have a sewing machine, you can stitch through the binding of the album to secure it. Use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine and stitch about 1/2 inch from the binding edge.

    Using a heavy-duty hole-punch, punch holes for the ribbons in the binding.

    I did one Paper Bag Scrapbook Album this way, using the binding method, but the others I have made, I just hand sewed down the middle of the folded bags (see step 4) and did not use the hole-punch. They turn out well, and it is a little bit easier that way.

  • Step 3

    Now I make the albums without the binding, so I sometimes lace ribbon down the middle of the folded bags. I also lace ribbon through the twine for a different look. If you do use the binding method mentioned above, tie ribbons through the holes in the binding to secure the book.

  • Step 4

    Using scrapbook papers, embellishments, techniques, and photos, decorate and embellish the pages of the album.

    Add tags, edges, envelopes, frames, and other little places to tuck photos and journaling.

    Make the tags to fit the open sleeves of the Paper Bag Album so that they slide easily in and out. I like partially adhering an edge on the tags so you can slip a photo or journal tag or entry into the edge

  • Step 5

    The paper bags are not acid free, so your original photos should not be placed in these albums. Duplicate your photos either at a photo copying center or scan them and print the copy and use those copies in the album.

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