Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Watch Us Wednesday with Karen: Easy Paper Bag Album

Design Team Member, Karen Letchworth wants to show everyone how making paper bag albums is easy, fun, and super inexpensive.  It also matches the "Kraft" color-theme for the challenges here at The Kraft Journal.  To get started, Karen grabbed two paper lunch bags.  You can use as few as ONE bag, and as many as your little heart desires.  You will see from this first picture that you lay every other bag the opposite way.  This is so that the "pockets" will alternate on every other page inside your album.
Using her super helpful Bone Folder Tool, she folded the bags in half, which you can also see in the picture above.  Once you've decided how many bags you want to use, and have laid them together in alternating directions, you need to decide what type of binding you'd like to use.  You can use jump rings, gaffer tape, or as Karen did here, just run a simple straight stitch on your sewing machine to join the bags together creating a binding.
At this point, you basically have your album.  Wasn't that easy?  Because of the very unique design of paper bags, you have built-it pockets.  (You will see these in the photos below).  You also have lots of little folds that you might want to glue down as shown below.
You can just add a little bit of your favorite adhesive to close up all these little flaps and folds if they annoy you.  There are many ways to make a Paper Bag Album.  This is just one idea.  Be creative!  This is where it gets fun, and where you can make it uniquely "your own".  Karen used the Air Mail Washi Tape on the front of her album along with some Red Baker's Twine and Blue Baker's Twine.  Next, she added a Jenni Bowlin Flag Banner that's backed with the coordinating Chipboard Flag Pieces.  She also used a few buttons, a Grungy Primitive Tag and tucked in a Tim Holtz Memo Pin.
As mentioned above, one of the really awesome things about using paper bags to create an album is that they automatically have these great pockets built in.  The pockets are perfect for hiding journaling spots or adding photos.
The more paper bags you use, the more pockets you will have and the more pages you will have to decorate.  There's not room here to show you all the pages of this album, but here is a little peek inside where you will see how well paper bags match The Kraft Outlet's awesome products like the Mini Kraft Merchandise Bags (perfect for tucking a gift card inside), Baker's Twine and Tape Measure Washi Tape.
Have fun with Paper Bag Albums - get creative!  It's a great way to make use of things you already have around the house, and you can always find the perfect accent for these little albums at The Kraft Outlet!  To see the rest of this Paper Bag Album, you can visit Karen's blog, My Cup Runneth Over.


  1. Karen
    That is truly a lovely project. First time I've seen the spine of a paper bag book sewn.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

  2. Karen - I just love your bag tutorial! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing - cute picture too! Enjoy your day! Gail

  3. My kind of project, easy peasy and ADORABLE! TFS!


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