Paper Bag Scrapbooks

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I wanted to share my passion for paper bag scrapbooks with my friend Brenda. I had been wanting to make a paper bag album for her for a long time.  I made this book out of the larger "keep it cold" bags from the end caps at Wal Mart.  I had these great pictures of our families at the Pacific Ocean last summer and I liked the idea of the bigger bags because it let me put two pictures to a page. My friend is more into the photos than embellishments, so I tried to keep this one pretty simple.  This was her birthday gift this year.  She says she will treasure it forever.

The measurements of this paper bag book are 6-1/2 inches by 8 inches, so pretty good size!

How I Make These Paper Bag Scrapbooks:

Making this book is SUPER EASY!  All you do is fold the paper bags in half so that you have a pocket on one side.  I usually have my pockets in the back half of the book on the right hand side.  Cover all four sides of each paper bag with scrapbook paper.

I made pull-outs for every pocket, which each holds 4 full sized pictures (two on the front and two on the back).  The pull outs and pages could hold even more if you crop your photos a lot or use smaller photos.  I like to add tabs to the edge that will be pulled out for two reasons.  One reason is that it makes it easier to pull these pages out, and the other reason is that I love the way it looks when you open your scrapbook and see all of these cool tabs to pull on!  I recently purchased a tab punch that allows me to make tabs out of different papers, so I can coordinate pretty much any project.  I love this thing and it is constantly on my craft table now.

I bound this book with a binding machine, BUT you can bind it with any of the methods on any of our other paper bag album tutorials.

Then you just add your photos and embellishments!  Because of the larger size of this book, you can have a lot of photos!  You can add more bags or less, depending on how big you want your scrapbook to be. 

I hope you enjoyed this friendship themed book!  :-)

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