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Paper Bag Album Instructions

paper bag albumIf you want to know how to make an cheap but funky mini book, you're at the right place. I love Paperbag Albums! I've made quite a few so far for my for my family and friends. Most of them feature my daughter Atiria in her first few years. Yay!! All those millions of photos of her are put to good use. I've also pre-made  albums complete with embellishments for my friends where all they need to do is add the photos and their own journaling and any other personal touches.


They are so easy to make and my favourite feature about them would have to be that each paperbag provides cute pockets to hold extra tags and photos, or even special memorabilia like ticket stubs, show programs, even paintings and drawings.

You can use any size paper bags. I like to make an album with 3 paper bags that measure approximately 12"x6"  This will create an album around 6"x6". You can use much larger or smaller bags as you see fit. To make a super mini album use bags around 3"x3". You can even purchase paper sacks in a variety of different colours. Although if I want coloured bags I would simply paint them with acrylic paint.

Different Paper Bag Book Tutorials

How to make a Paper sack album
This is a tutorial for making the most basic of all the paper bag album variants. Definitely a  must try for novice and expert album makers alike.

Purse paper bag album instructions
Turn your ordinary everyday lunch bags into this purse shaped mini album. A perfect album to make for yourself or to present as a gift for the girl who has everything.


Waterfall paper bag album tutorial

Called a waterfall because of the way the pages cascade and grow longer just like a waterfall.


Paper bag calendar

A tutorial to make a yearly calendar that will stand on its own. It is made with 12 mini bags and a couple of binder rings.


Buy a blank paper bag mini book ready for you to decorate on Ebay!!

All the hard work is done so that all you need to do is embellish it!


Basic Paper Bag Album instructions - Step by step directions

- 3 Paper Bags (any size)
- Hole punch tool
- Eyelets, book rings, ribbon or fibres to bind
- lots of good stuff to cover and embellish your pages

1. Take your 3 paper bags and lay them on top of each other alternating the ends.

paper bag album instructions

2. Fold them in half to create a book. Notice how the three open ends each form a pocket.

Punch three to five holes along the spine.

paper bag album
3. Set an eylet in each hole and / OR thread a couple of lengths of ribbon or fibre (or a combo of both!) through each hole and tie off. paperbag album binded
4. Decorate your album as you choose using a variety of papers, embellishments, ribbon and any other creative elements in your scrapbooking stash. Finshed paper bag album
5. Create at least 3 large tags slightly smaller than the album itself to fit into the three pockets formed by the paper bags. Use them to hold extra photos or journalling. paper bag album tags

Paperbag Album Tips

Check out some paperbag albums examples

Baby Shower Paper Bag Album

Great mini album to make for a gift for a new mom to be.


Pregnancy Paper Bag Album

A journal type mini book to record some of those special moments and memories throughout a womans pregnancy.

Teen Queen Paperbag Album

The queen of the teens. a mini book for your daughters and neices.

SUPA Stand Up Purse Album

It looks just like a hand bag...

Simply us paper bag scrapbook

A minibook about being a couple in love.

Wine tour scrapbook

This one is actually made out of the paper packaging from the winery that Andrea visited.

Baby scrapbook album

Babies, beautiful babies. One for a special little girl made with darling Chatterbox papers.


See more scrapbook album instructions