Paper Bag Albums

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Paper bag albums are definitely one of my absolute favorite types of mini scrapbooks to make! I think it has everything to do with all the pockets and pullouts you can incorporate into them.

The typical paper bag scrapbook is made with lunch bags, but for more mini scrapbook fun you could try making one with the follow types of bags:
Ice cream bags, flat gift bags, gift bags with handles, Chinese take out bags, larger "Keep it Cold" bags from the grocery stores (Wal Mart has them on the end of the freezer aisles), large grocery bags (with or without handles).

Below are links to directions on how to make a couple of variations on paper bag scrapbooks, as well as some theme ideas.

Several Types of Paper Bag Albums:

Basic Directions for Making Paper Bag Scrapbooks

Directions for Smaller Paper Bag Album (ATC Pockets option)

Fat Paper Bag Book with Sewn Tapes Binding

Brown Paper Bag Books - Grocery Bag Books

Additional Paper Bag Scrapbooking Ideas

Theme Ideas for Paper Bag Scrapbooks:

I like to create themes for each paper bag scrapbook that I make.  Some specific theme ideas are included here.  The ones that are underlined link to examples of those themes.  Others are on my wanting to do in the near future list.

  • Christmas
  • Found Objects
  • Travel
  • Recipes (very popular topic!)
  • Seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, SUmmer)
  • Faith
  • Babies
  • Vintage
  • Friendship
  • Poems
  • Sisters
  • Family
  • Paper Dolls
  • Wedding
  • Garden
  • Vacations
  • Era's (forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, etc.)

As you can see, there is no limit to the themes you can come up with for paper bag mini scrapbooks.

I have also made many, many birthday cards from paper bags. I just use one bag instead of three, usually the small lunch sack size. These are a big hit. Again, you could make cards out of any of the above themes, as well as any holiday of your choice. I'm thinking of making this year's Christmas cards out of paper bags. Oh, too much fun!

We have heard through various scrapbooking groups that paper bags are difficult to get in other countries besides the United States.  If you are in this position, there are many options for you such as eBay, Etsy, and retailers and wholesalers who sell paper bags.  I know there are a few sellers on eBay who sell them specifically for these albums and even have them pressed and holes punched in them for you.  Nice and easy and prepped!

We would love to have our readers share their paper bag scrapbooks with us.  Please use the form below to submit your different albums and we can all be inspired. 

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