Paper Bag scrapbooks

Hi again.  I know, I know… it’s been waaay too long since my last blog post.  January wasn’t a good month for us (I was hospitalized for 2 days [I’m fine now] and we had two deaths) so it has taken me awhile to get back to normal.

About three weeks before Valentine’s Day, I saw on Pinterest this idea of a paper bag scrapbook so I thought it would be fun to make them for my younger grandkids for Valentine’s Day.  Once I got started, I wondered “what were you thinking girl?” but I got them done.  All you have to do is Google paper bag scrapbooks and you will find a ton of ideas in different sizes, styles, orientation, etc., of paper bag scrapbooks. The first one I saw was very basic. After I got started and looked some more for ideas for pages, I saw how involved and detailed you can make them.  There are different ways to place the paper bags so that you can  make pockets or flip up pages, pages that flip out to the side, etc.  You can also use the opening of the paper bag as a pocket for treats, cards, pictures, or additional scrapbook pages.  There are also many ways to put them together from stapling the sides to punching holes and decorating with ribbon and/or yarn to binding them like a book with chipboard, etc.  So you can go real simple or over the top and anywhere in between.

Since I only had a few weeks to do these four scrapbooks, I went very simple in my design.  They were titled “10 things I LOVE about YOU”.  So here are two of the finished books.

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Basic supplies you will need: 

  • Paper lunch bags in the size of your choice.  (When I got mine, I didn’t realize they were extra large lunch bags but it worked out well because my books ended up being almost the same size as a 6 x 6 album)
  • Patterned papers and coordinating cardstock
  • Adhesive.  You want to use a strong adhesive so that your papers and cardstock will adhere to the paper bag pages and not come loose. I’ve seen glue guns used and other strong liquid glues.  I used my 1 1/2″ and 1/2″  Scrappy Tape.  With the Scrappy Tape I had to be really careful because the second the tape touched the page, it was stuck!  If you want to be able to adjust the page after you put it down, you might want to consider a strong, fast drying liquid glue that gives you a little wiggle room to adjust your page after you put it down.
  • Embellishments (ribbons, brads, buttons, etc)
  • Photos that you plan to use in the scrapbook.

Additional items I used

  • Cricut – I used my Cricut a lot for my page titles (see below for more pictures) and some of my pages didn’t have pictures.
  • Stapler to bind my books.  I stapled the bags together first and then put paper over top to cover the staples.
  • Ribbon to tie around the books to keep them closed
  • Stamps, dies, inks, and markers

Here is a link to my Pinterest board for paper bag scrapbooks.  You will see there are lots of ideas and different ways to put the bags together to form the scrapbook and depending on the size of your bags, will determine how big they are.

Here are some more pictures of some of the pages in the scrapbooks I made.


Hugs and Kisses cut out on the Cricut. Added a heart brad on the page before adhering it to the paper bag.

our grandson loves dinosaurs

our grandson loves dinosaurs


This is an example of using the opening of the bag as a pocket for a card or extra scrapbook page.

The "Sweet" was cut out on the Cricut. I used the opening of the bag to put some candy for them.

The “Sweet” was cut out on the Cricut. I used the opening of the bag to put a little bag of candy .

Our granddaughter.  "Hugs and Kisses" and "Laugh" cut out on the Cricut

Our granddaughter. “Hugs and Kisses” and “Laugh” cut out on the Cricut

"Your Smile" was generated on the computer in Microsoft Word.  Used a Smiley face stamp to make background paper

“Your Smile” was generated on the computer in Microsoft Word. Used a Smiley face stamp to make background paper

The word "Sweet" cut out on the Cricut.  I used Stampin' Up marker to "doodle" the edges.

The word “Sweet” cut out on the Cricut. I used Stampin’ Up marker to “doodle” around the edges of the letters.

All the backs of the books were finished this way with a Happy Valentine's Day stamp.

All the backs of the books were finished this way with a Happy Valentine’s Day stamp.

This was fun to do. Who knows, I may make some more some day but next time, I will give myself more time so I am not so rushed and will be able to embellish them more.  I made four scrapbooks in about 12 days or so (12 pages each including the front and back covers), but I am happy with the results from my first time making a paper bag scrapbook.  Please leave a comment and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Well, until next time, Happy Stampin’ and Scrappin’




Scrapbook page

Hi everyone,

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  A few weeks ago I went on a scrapbooking retreat and it took me awhile to get everything unpacked again.  I love going to the retreats but the aftermath (coming home and unpacking it all) sometimes is daunting for me.  I cleared out the crafty side of my room and kind of started over putting things away and rearranging a little bit.   Now I’ve been doing some scrapbook pages.  At the retreat I made 6 gift cards for Christmas, 7 greeting cards and 8 scrapbook pages so I will have lots to show you. Since I’ve been home I have made another scrapbook page and am starting another one.  I think I got the scrapbooking bug again!  It’s a good thing because I am far behind on scrapbooking my 8 grandchildren!  Speaking of grandchildren, today was the first day of school for my grandkids and so I have some pictures of them (taken by their moms) to scrapbook as well.  there is always something to scrap!

So here is the first page I am going to share with you. This is my granddaughter, Kaitlyn.  This is about a year ago when she was living with her family at Ft. Sill, OK.  A friend of the family had a photography business and she took these pictures of Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn is so expressive and I just love these photos of her.  Enjoy!


Kaitlyn 2013 scrapbook page

My pages tend to be simple and pretty straightforward.  I have a hard time getting everything on the page.  I want to thank Carrie Jones for her help with this page.

Have a great day!  Happy crafting!



Scrapbook pages

Hello all,  Hope you are having a great Monday.  This was a rainy weekend here in Texas so I did some scrapbooking.  A couple weekends ago my husband and I went to see two of our grandkids play in their soccer games.  Being the snap happy Nana that I am with a camera, I took tons of pictures and so I made a  page for my granddaughter and a 2-page spread for my grandson.  It was nice to be scrapbooking. I have so many cards made that I am running out of space to keep them.

I got my inspiration from various pages on Pinterest, taking ideas from several different layouts and I am quite pleased with the results since I have not scrapped in quite awhile. So here are the pages I did.  Enjoy!

Madison soccer 2013 Landon Soccer 2013


Happy Monday!


Un-Du – What is it??

Hello everyone,

I have exciting news to share!  No card tonight, just some great information on a product that I swear by.

The product is called Un-Du (sometimes referred to as Scrapper’s Solution).  It is an adhesive remover that is perfect for card making, scrapbooking, and a host of other uses.  Here is a link to the product:

But wait!  On this site they say that Wal-Mart is now carrying this product.  You can click on the link that says “Check now for a store near you” because not all Wal-Marts carry this product. . .yet.  I was fortunate to find a store near me that does carry the product. I’m happy as a lark because my Un-Du is running low.

Un-Du comes in a 4 fl. oz. bottle with a spatula-type looking thing attached at the top.  What you do is open the lid and then using the “spatula” attached to the bottle, place it under the picture, or other element that you are trying to remove, and gently squeeze the bottle to allow a little of the liquid to flow down the spatula to your card or scrapbook page. Using the spatula as the liquid comes out, lift your picture until it is removed from your project.  Your project will be wet but don’t worry, the Un-Du evaporates quickly and you will never know that it was there.    Here is a link to a YouTube video about Un-Du for scrapbooking.

After watching that video, if you don’t do anything, there are more YouTube videos that come up for you to view that show you many different  uses for Un-Du.

I hope that this information is helpful to you.  This product has been a lifesaver for me on many of my projects.

Happy Crafting!