Monday, 12 November 2012

Christmas Paper Bag Book - Lawn Fawn

 Hi Everyone, It's Emily here again with another mini book.
This time it is a paper bag album ready for Christmas.  I  have used the Lawn Fawn Fa La La paper pack to decorate it and Lawn Fawn twine on the tags.

Front cover

Inside page and large tag for inside the first pocket

Opposite large page and tags for centre pockets.  The centre double pocket would be great for popping in memorabilia like panto tickets, school concert programme etc as well a tags with photo and jounrnalling.

Next large pocket page and small flap page

last pocket page, inside back cover.

 Rear cover

I have uploaded another shaky video to show the album in better detail (sorry the kids were chatting in the background!)


What you will need:

4 paper American style lunch bags (I bought some off ebay)
Cardstock for tags
Chipboard covers (optional)
Coordinating papers, embellishments, twine/ribbon

I have watched lots of YouTube videos of paper bag books and I'm not sure whose version this most resembles but this is how I made mine.
 Firstly glue the flaps down on all of the bags using strong glue

 Fold the bag as shown below so that you have a long side and a short side (previously the bottom of the bag).  This fold needs to be neat and crisp so best to use a bone folder or similar.

 Once all of the bags are folded you can start to assemble the book.  Start by gluing two of the short panels together. I covered the edge of the short panel page in washi tape to make it neater.
 Now glue the long side to the long side of another bag.
 Repeat.  You will end up with a book with the following pages, 1 long pocket, 1 short flap, 1 long double pocket, 1 short flap, 1 long pocket.

 You will end up with the spine like this (yours will be neater as the one in the picture is not glued)
I used a strip of card to cover the spine on mine.

 I now stuck on covers, you could make the book more sturdy by using chipboard under the pattered paper.

You can now decorate all the pages and make tags to go in the pockets.  I found the Lawn fawn papers great for this as they are good weight so made the book stronger.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you liked what you saw

Emily x

1 comment:

Traceyr said...

wow what a great little album and so many deep pockets. :)