Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Paper Bag Mini in Progress!

Hello all my bloggy, crafty friends! I have been working on a vertical paper bag mini album with the Facebook Group PLAY ALONG via Ginger's Videos with step by step instructions. (She's such a good teacher!) You can find Ginger at My Sister's Scrapper or look in the FILES section of the PLAY ALONG group on Facebook for links to all the videos in the Paper Bag Mini series. 

Facebook PLAY ALONG group... HERE
Ginger @ My Sister's Scrapper... HERE

I thought I'd show you some progress photos of my paper bag mini.  I'm using the DCWV 12x12 stack Today.Tomorrow. Forever. (Some of the pages are glittered.)

Here are some of my pages and things I've been working on. I still have a lot to do before it's put together and finished.

Here is the inside and outside with the covered chipboard, but no decorations, papers, etc.

Here is the inside front and back cover finished with papers.

The inside cover has 2 coin size envelopes (made with my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board - shop TSQ on FB... HERE). I then used Close to My Heart's Art Philosophy cartridge for the pull tabs on the pull out photo mats. It's on page 48 cut @ 1 1/2" using the CARD FEATURE. I adhered 2 pieces of cardstock back to back and inserted the pull tab between them before adhering them together. (shop CTMH with Lucy... HERE)

Here are the photo mats pulled out of the coin envelopes. 

On the inside back cover is the photo mat "waterfall." This was so easy to make. I can see me doing this technique again and again on different things.

Here are some of my pages front and back with photo mat tags inserted into pockets. These pages also have a flap that folds open.

So... here is one page front and back and with the flap open. Each page has a pocket on the back and an insert in the top (the opening of the paper bag). You can get the idea that there is tons of room for all kinds of photos and memorabilia with this mini album! 

Front of page - flap closed...

Flap opened and tag sticking partially out...

Same page but with tag all the way out. All of my tags have pattern paper at the top for a 4" x 6" photo (or whatever else I want to put there) and then a journaling area at the bottom.

 This is the back with the back of the photo pull out tag and the pocket tag inserted.

Pocket tag taken out.

Back of pocket tag.

A few of my other pages and their photo pull out mats with journaling at the bottom.

That's what I've gotten done so far. I need to get all the pages decorated, the front and back covers and the spine decorated, and then I can add all my pages to the inside of my mini book! There is no time limit on this project if any of you guys want to pop over to our PLAY ALONG Facebook group and play along. We are all adding our progress photos to the album in the group. It's fun to see what every one is up to, and plus it helps spur ideas too.

Have a great day! :) Janis

P.S.  I wish I could enter this into some challenges today, but it's not finished yet.


  1. that paper!! Lee-Ann :)

  2. oh Janis so fabulous making a mini album is on my bucket list! Hope mine comes out half as nice as yours....

  3. This is so exciting to watch come into reality Janis... I am so glad I found your blog and ultimately you fb group and the fun challenges you do... tons of inspiration!!! You are doing an excellent job :) Kathi

  4. Love it. Well, I am also using white paper bags and this paper stack but none of our pages looks the same. Kinda funny how that works :)

  5. WOW!! great job - Love the white paper bags.
    DIANA L.

  6. Great progress! I love it! I love this paper really is cute! Cannot wait to get my AP cart so that I can make these pull tabs!

  7. Great job, love the paper choices. Looking forward to seeing more!