1. Adhere bottom bag flaps on each bag closed so they don't open. Six paper bags were used in this mini-book. Use a bone folder to fold and crease the body of the bag over the bag bottom flap. Adhere bottom bag flap closed on each bag.
See picture sequence here for the step-by-step on adhering the bottom bag flaps.
2. Now adhere the bags to each other by attaching the small rectangular flap side of one bag to the small rectangular flap side of another bag.
This will create one main short "spine" in the middle, with a bag on either side of the short spine. Do this again with a second pair of bags. You will now now have 2 bag pairs.
Attaching chipboard covers to your mini-book:
1. Cut 2 pieces of chipboard the same size as your bag (with flap folded over from Step 1 above).
You'll want to keep one flap facing out on either side as in picture below as you will be attaching the flap itself to the chipboard cover.
Attach heavy-duty adhesive to the 2 short sides and OUTER side of bag FLAP and attach to edge of one chipboard cover - NOTE: By attaching only 3 sides of our folded rectangular flap, you will be creating a "pocket" at the interior side that you did not apply adhesive to!!
See the pocket that was created?!
Repeat these steps for your back cover.
You now have a cover w/bag (and interior pocket), a couple of bag pairs for the body of your mini-album, and a back cover w/bag (and interior pocket).
Putting your paper bag book together:
Measure, mark and punch holes in your mini-album, insert rings, and there you have it!
You can also measure, mark and punch your holes prior to decorating you paper bag pages, pockets and covers, if you prefer.
Now, how about some pictures of the decorating I did on my paper bag album ...
Here is one of my pocket pages, using the paper bag flap, to hold some fun tags.
Another way to incorporate tags in your paper bag book is to attach a strip of accent paper, just at the top and bottom edges, and slip a tag through the open side!
and this page is ready to "Just Add Photos"
Here's another pocket page and a couple more tags I added to my Halloween paper bag mini-book,
love the black netting - it's not at all bulky, and just adds a bit of pizzaz to the tag!
Take your mini-album to a whole new level by distressing the edges of the paper bags, adding journaling spots, glitter and whatever other embellishments you want to jazz it up.
Get those paper bags out - there are no limits to the creative fun you can have with them!