August 4, 2010

Sassy Paper Bag Album!

 Hi ~ I am Angi from Cokie Pop Paper and I am today's Sassy designer here at She's a Sassy Lady. I love altered projects. It's fun to take something ordinary and turn it into something FAB! My project today is a "Sassy Paper Bag Album"!

Materials You will need:
  • 3 Paper bags
  • Hole Puncher
  • Ribbon, eyelets, book rings, or fibers
  • Your favorite pattern paper
  • A bunch of your favorite embellishments
First lay your paper bags on top of each other. Make sure that the middle bag is going the opposite way of the first and the last bag. Adhere your bags together. You can adhere them using stitching, brads, staples or eyelets. I love to stitch/sew them together for better durability.
Here's a close-up picture of the stitching and the holes that I punched in the bags. I punch from the outside going in so that I can a gauge a good distance between each hole for better spacing.
I also love the ready made built-in pockets that are formed when you put your paper bag album together. These pockets are great for storing mementos, cute tags, journal blocks, or any other keepsake.
Here's the paper bag album after it's put together and ready to decorate. Now it's time to make your pages. 
 With your paper trimmer cut enough patterned paper to cover each page. 
I cut each paper piece at 5" x 5.5".
 Adhere each of your papers to the cover and each page of your album.  Also make sure to cut and adhere some photo mats or pockets to store journal tags. You can also ink the sides to make the mats stand out.
 This is how one of my pages looks with journaling tags. 
I made the pocket to hold the journal tags with patterned paper. 
Now it's time to do more embellishing. I used various embellies from Me & My Big Ideas .
 I add my ribbon last after I make sure all of my patterned paper and embellishments are sturdy and secure. Add different color and textured ribbon to make it more colorful.
Decorate your pages any way you want. It's best to use coordinating papers that match well together. I used paper from a ColorBok kit so that all the papers would go well together. 
Here are 2 of my pages in a side by side view.
 I will show more pages of this album soon once I get the video tutorial finished.
If I post everything then this tutorial will be 2 or 3 web pages long. (smile)
 I hope my paper bag album has inspired you to make one of your own. Thank you Sheila for allowing me to design for Sassy Lady today. I hope you come by and visit me sometime - Angi @ Cokie Pop Paper!

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