Instructions to Make a Smaller Paper Bag Album

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This is a smaller version of a paper bag album that measures approximately 4 inches x 5-1/2 inches when completed. These make great little ATC books when you create the optional pockets in the instructions below.

Supplies to Create Paper Bag Album:

3 paper lunch sacks
Staples or a sewing machine for binding
1 piece of solid cardstock 1-1/2 inch x 5-1/2 inches
12 pieces of 3-1/2 inches x 5-1/2 inches patterned scrapbook paper
Embellishments of your choice


Cut off the jagged edge of the paper bags.

Also cut off the flat bottom of each of the paper bags.

Glue flaps, both the top and the bottom, together.

Repeat for all three lunch bags. Stack all three of your bags one on top of the other and fold the whole thing in half. Now there are a couple of different ways you can finish off the binding here. One way is to sew it on a sewing machine.  As you can see, my line was not absolutely straight.  That is okay, because you are going to cover it over with pretty scrapbook paper in just a minute and you will not even see the sewing line.  :-)

The other way is to staple it three times down the side. Then take a piece of colored cardstock 1-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise and place it over the spine. Adhere into place.

Take a piece of patterned scrapbook paper 3-1/2 inches x 5-1/2 inches and adhere to the front of your paper bag scrapbook.

Cut 11 more pieces of decorative scrapbook paper to 3-1/2 inches x 5-1/2 inches and adhere to inside pages and to the back of book. Optional: You could also add pull-out cards, which will require additional heavy scrapbook paper or cardstock.

To create optional diagonal pockets:
Take additional pieces of 3-1/2 inch x 5-1/2 inch scrapbook paper and cut in half diagonally.

Turn over and fold over about 1/4". Adhere down.

Trim off the corners. Adhere on the edges to page, making a pocket. These are perfect for ATC cards or little pull-outs.

Here I placed one at the top for a different look.

Here are some of my inside pages.

This one has a double pocket made by making one diagonal pocket a little bit smaller and adhering to the top of the bigger diagonal pocket.

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