WIP... Paper Bag Album

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I have seen a lot of paper bag albums on the internet and always wanted to try one for a long time, but never got around to it. Last night I decided to try one... This is what I have done so far...

I haven't decided yet but I might make an ACEO album out of it, and if I don't the next one I make will definitely be an ACEO album. I can use the plastic sleeves to add them to the book.

I started out with 5 square bottom 50% recycled material paper bags, and I cut 1 centimeter off the closed end to make both ends open.



Then I layed the 5 bags in like a book - alternating which end was the closed end.


I chose co-ordinating papers. You need 2 for the covers, and 18 for the insides. I then cut them into 5x5 inch squares.


I did not assemble the book before adding the paper inside. I thought it would be easier to add the papers if I could take 1 bag out at a time to work on it. I used scotch double-sided tape and Aleen's Acid Free Tacky Glue to glue the squares down.





The next thing I want to do is make squares with some kind of tab, that I will insert into the open ends to make pull out pages. Plus I have been watching craft podcasts and think that a pamphlet stitch would work well for this project, I have never done one before so hopefully I can figure it out. I think book rings would probably work too.

I am thinking that a button and ribbon would work well for keeping the book closed.

12 comments :

Lee Pierce said...

Pam, what a great project! Love the papers you chose and now am curious about pamphlet stitch :D

IrelandBrady said...

What a wonderfully clever way to recycle brown paper bags! Your album is great and I love the concept of having pull out pages at the open ends. Well done Pam!

Ayala Art said...

Oh wow! This looks awesome Pam! Love it!

pinkglitterfae said...

Wow Pam, very cool! so many neat ideas to try, so little time :-D

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

Thank you everyone! I can't wait to finish it... will share when I am done!

lol Betty you said it... so many neat ideas to try, so little time... exactly why I have such a hard time staying away from Michaels LOL

Magic Love Crow said...

Pam, this is fantastic! I love it!!! So cool!!! I can't wait to see it finished!!! A+++

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

Thank you Stacy!

For any of you curious, here is a tutorial on the pamphlet stitch! It looks really cool. I plan to use twine as it will match the book nicely!

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

lol the link might be helpful...
http://sarahnielsen.com/2009/09/pocket-pamphlet-tutorial/#

Kathleen said...

Well, I always wondered how those were made! I have a lovely one that Carole made - its for ACEOs and has lots of little sleeves in it as well as pockets. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

Thank you Kathy! I forgot that Carole used to make these albums!

Marta said...

I love it, Pam!!! Gorgeous... I may have to try it :). Yes, I think that the ribbon and button would work well for keeping it closed. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

Thank you Marta! I put up a challenge to make any mini album, if you'd like to join us just go here...
http://alwaysartistic.blogspot.ca/2012/09/paper-bag-album-challenge.html

 

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