Friday, 15 August 2008

Making a paper bag album

I hope this makes creating a paper bag album a little clearer, especially for the lady who contacted me via ebay.Instructions are not a strength of mine I'm a bit of a freeflow creator but here we go!

Gather all your bits and pieces together...well the basic ideas about what you'd like to include like favourite stamped images, tags, diamonte's flowers.You can sketch out the design of your album before you start this can be very useful for larger albums.I often do this if creating an album for someone and it is to be highly personlised.

Cut out pages to the dimensions of the paper bag.I often cut out firm cardstock pages on which to put simular sized decorated paper/cardstock this makes a very sturdy book almost like a board book and ideal for younger children's keepsake album(they'll tolerate being handled a lot and this makes revisting and adding more photo's and memorabilia even more pleasurable).Alternatively you can make a pretty good album just adding either decorated cardstock or scrapbooking papers (slightly firmer than your average A4)directly to the paper bag.

Here I hope to be showing you the general way the pages and the paperbag work together..does it help?

Stick your decorated pages to your paper bag with double sided tape.You can embellish further once the pages are stuck but any slots and brads or eyelet decoration has to be completed before you stick.I leave plenty of space on my pages as my hope is that they will be personaised with photographs and personal memorabilia.

Remember to stick your pages on to your bags with the paper bag opening is the outer side to the page and allows the owner of the album to store all sorts of bits in the album.You can alternate the open and closed bag ends in your pages if you wish.

Once your pages are are decorated and stuck to your paper bag with double sided tape you are ready to bind them together.

Punch holes for bindings on each page.This can is time consuming..but is quite relaxing to do..simply measure out carefully the front page hole markings and then punch this first.Then use that page as a template for positioning of the holes on the other pages.I have all sorts of tools for binding but you know a simple single hole punch from the stationers does the trick well.

Finally use ribbon to bind pages together through punched holes,add fibres and co-ordinating ric rac of choice.

1 comment:

candy said...

nice tutorial!! beautiful book!