Brown Paper Bag Scrapbook Album – Basic

This brown paper bag scrapbook album is a great recycled look for your scrapbook albums and shows you how to make a basic album as a base for your own designed scrapbooks.

Brown Paper Bag Scrapbook Album – Basic

What you need

Non Gusseted Lunch Bags or Brown paper bags
String or Cord
Hole Punch
Hammer



Instructions

This brown paper bag scrapbook album uses non gusseted lunch bags which can be found in supermarkets in the food packaging sections.

Brown paper bags without gussets are quite lightweight which means your album will not have the same bulk as a traditional gusseted brown paper bag album.

Fold the bags bottom

Fold the bags bottom

Start by folding each of your bags 1 inch (2.5 cm) in from the bottom. This will create a strong spine for your album.

Stacked Brown Paper Bags

Stacked Brown Paper Bags

 

Stacked Brown Paper Bags Another View

Stacked Brown Paper Bags Another View

Stack all your bags together to form the album, making sure they are aligned together.

Punch the holes

Punch the holes

Next mark out your holes for punching. If you use a metal hole punch that requires you to hit it with a hammer you can punch multiple bags at one time, making the process much faster.

If you want your scrapbook album to be more durable and stable you can include a cardboard front cover and back cover.

Binding your scrapbook album

There are many different ways to bind a brown paper bag album. You can use ribbons and tie bows, cords and tie knots or you can bind it in a more traditional book binding way as we have done here.

Bind the album with rope

Bind the album with rope

Take your string or cord and thread it through the holes, looping under each hole to form a blanket stitch style.

To finish off the binding we simply threaded it back through each of the loops. You can bind your scrapbook album however you want, it really is a simple method and there are no rules as such. Just make sure it is loose enough to turn your pages.

Once your album is bound you can begin creating your scrapbook.

Please note:

While the majority of scrapbook supplies and papers are considered acid and lignin free, paper bags are not. So please make sure you use duplicate photos when making this project. Non-digital photos can easily be color copied or scanned and printed in a copy store or photo lab.

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Comments

  1. nice idea!simple and easy…!!

  2. Love it!! Thanx for the great idea!!

  3. Love the idea~I have made scrapbooks, but not exactly like this~

  4. What an awesum project!!! Have just got some paperbags to start my own project and your ideas are very helpful!!! Thanks trillions :) Shazza

  5. I love the type of bags you used! I’ll have to find those someday!

    :)
    Candy

  6. very clever and very original :)

  7. 1. love the idea!! my friend made one, that i loved. your instructions are very helpful.
    2. to solve the acid paper problem, would it help to have a piece of acid-free paper between the paper bag and any photo?
    3. friend’s idea: you can use eyelets to bind the pages together if you don’t want all the ribbons or cords at the spine.

  8. Fun Idea.

  9. This is hard… 0_0 Need a easier way to explain.. I really wanna try this it looks cute!!! XD

  10. Very Nice Indeed!! My younger kids had an easier time using these bags than the traditional one. I really love the way you bound them.

  11. This is very useful indeed, i am working on a project for a lesson and this would come in handy, thank you!

  12. smart thinking yo smart thinking

  13. easy, excellent way to use those bags

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