Tutorial to Create Basic Paper Bag Books

Making paper bag books is really quite easy. Using 3 lunch bags, stagger them so that the open flap falls to the right, then to the left, then to the right again. Lay them one on top of the other. Fold in half and use a bone folder to create a nice crisp crease.  Of course, you can use more or less paper bags to create your album.  It depends on how many pages you want in your book.  The standard for me is three as it creates 12 pages, which I think is just about right for this type of mini scrapbook.

There are several ways you can bind your paper bag albums. You can punch 3 or more holes down the left side and later use ribbons to tie them together.

Or you can sew down the center, creating a sewn spine.

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Another option is to bind them with a comb binding if you have that capability (see photo below).  You could also use a Bind-It-All and o-wires.

Another option is you could use metal rings, which you can purchase at scrapbook stores or even hardware stores.

To create additional inside pockets you can use brads, eyelets, glue or even sew down flat bottom portion of the lunch bags. Here is an example from a "found objects" paper bag scrapbook I am working on. See the pocket?

I haven't decorated over these with scrapbook paper so that you can see the bare bones of the structure, but they are really lovely books when you add decorative scrapbooking papers!

* A special note to our overseas readers:  It has come to our attention that you can not come upon these paper bags as easily as we do here in the United States.  Here we can buy huge packages of them in the grocery store, plus we are given them in grocery stores with our purchases inside.  I know you can order these on eBay as well as various other outlets.  If you have trouble locating them, please use the Contact form and I will help you get some.

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