21 January 2014

Valentine Paper Bag Album

Boy, it's been a frustrating few weeks with Blogger. Can't upload pictures directly from Picasa to Blogger. Stalls out when inserting pictures into a post. Inserts pictures in rotated form with no way of correcting. It's getting old! I guess that's what you get for using a free application! LOL

Anyway, I realized recently that it's been awhile since I've shared any projects -- the "cardstock" in "Of Cats and Cardstock". It's not that I haven't been making stuff!

Here are a few pictures of a paper bag album I made as a project sample for Memory Bound. It's been a long time since I've made a paper bag album, so it was fun to make one again using some different techniques! Instructions and supplies for this album are available at Memory Bound. :)

I started with three paper bags and I trimmed the bottoms off  so there would be a "slot" at each end. Then I scored them so that the edges would be staggered when folded. Once I had the look I was going for, I stitched through the center of the bags with bakers' twine. (That's about the extent of my sewing abilities, folks!)

 Once I had the base assembled, I decorated the pages of the album. I kept the color scheme very simple, adding teal and white to the kraft/red bags. The design is simple as well, with die cut hearts, photo mats, and small captions. 

  Ugh! I'm sorry I can't rotate these pictures. They were correct when I uploaded them! Just turn your head. :) As you can see, I slipped die cut pieces into the slots or pockets in the bags. This provides additional space for photos or sentiments.

Here's the album cover. I found these cool metal keyholes at Memory Bound so decided the album would have a "Keys to My Heart" theme, with each page representing one "key", such as kindness, patience, etc. 

This was a fun project for Valentine's Day!


Maureen said...

Wow, so cute Janet! What a great Valentine project.

Janet said...

Thank you, Maureen! Paper bag albums are sort of an "oldie but goodie" type project. Fun to do one again!

In case you don't see my other comment, I have been trying unsuccessfully to comment on your blog! I will check my settings and try again later. LOVED your tutorial on the lens card! Your work is amazing and visiting your blog is a real treat. Thanks for the inspiration!