Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vintage Valentine Paper Bag Album Tutorial Part 1

Hello Friends, Today I would like to start sharing with you how I make one of my favorite projects!Paper Bag Albums!
So please join me as I share with you over the next couple days how I create these.

First start with a 6 x 6 paper bag book. I buy my books in lots on ebay by The Scrapbook Supply Outlet. What I love about these are that they have been sprayed with archival spray so that the album is acid free, They have been sewn together, holes pre punched and pressed to lay flat.
You can also make your own with 3  6 x 12 paper bags.

For the cover, start by cutting a sheet of paper 5 1/2 x 6.

Print and cut this Valentine card.

I then took my pinking shears and cut along the edge of  2  1 x 5 1/2 strips of red cardstock.

Glue the strips of cardstock to the edges of your card.

Punch 2 holes in your card where the holes originally were for ribbon.

I then pulled a small piece of ribbon through the holes and knotted it. I also changed the title of my album. You can cut and print any title to fit your needs.

I then poked this cute plastic pick through the ribbon. I found these in the party section at Hobby Lobby. You could also use stick pins.

I then added glitter glue in red, yellow and pink to the flowers along both sides of the card. Set aside to dry.

For the first page in your book cut another sheet of paper 5 1/2 x 6.

Cut photo corners from paper. I use this really cool photo corner punch by Martha Stewart which is available here or at Wal Mart and Michaels.

Next I cut a 1 x 5 1/2 strip of patterned paper and punched along one edge with my Fiskars Apron Lace punch which you can find here or at Jo Anns and Michaels.

Glue the strip along the bottom of your page. Next add a strip of ric rac along the bottom.

Print and cut Valentine.

I then cut a 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece of pink cardstock and added three photo croners to create my first photo mat. Next I glued the Valentine to the bottom left corner. I added a scalloped photo corner to the top left corner of my page and glued three small buttons along the bottom of the book. I then added blue ink along the edges of the book. Set aside to dry.

For the second page cut a sheet of paper 5 1/2 x 6. Cut a 1 1/2 inch strip of paper and take your pinking shears and cut along one side. Add blue ink along the edge to make it stand out. Glue along the right side of the book. Cut a piece of pink cardstock 3 x 4. Cut a piece of red  cardstock 3 1/2 x 4 1/2. Glue together to
create another photo mat and glue to the upper left side of the page.

Cut and Print Valentine.

Punch a small hole in the top of the Valentine and tie a bow at the top and use a pink brad to hold the ribbon in place. Use adhesive foam dots on the back of the Valentine to make the cage stand out. I then added three small glitter heart stickers to the bottom and the words "Happy Valentine's Day". Add blue ink around the edges of the page.

It is easy to take these basic layout sketches and apply them with any style paper and enbellishments. If you wish to use the same paper as I did, it is by Pink Paislee from the Cupid Collection. You can find it here at Amazon or on ebay.
Stay tuned as I share the rest of the pages this week!
Have a great Sunday, Lindsey


Pearl said...

Hi Lindsey...
I'm lovin' this adorable Valentine album! Thank you for sharing the "how-to's"... I'd really like to try to make one of these. The birdcage 'n birdies is simply precious! I've always wished I could find Vintage cards where I live, so I'm very grateful for the ones you 'n Twyla share. Thank you!
Hope you 'n your family are doing well, and I'm looking forward to reading 'n catching up, soon...

~ blessings ~
Pearl ♥

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love making paper bag albums. You've just inspired me to get to work on some of these rather than just valentines cards. Have a great day! :) Tammy

Ester said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderfull tutorial! Its really lovely. I can't wait to make one.
greetings, Ester

~Tonja~ said...

Great tutorial Lindsey...thanks for sharing your talent with us...
have a great day...
Sweet Blessings...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the time it takes to put up the tutorials!! They are so-o-o-o pretty & much appreciated!!

Anonymous said...

This is something new for me.Ive never seen these.How cute, and way in advance for Valentines day as well.Thanks a bunch for posting this.I have someone in fact a few people in mind for this project!

Happy Sunday!~~Becky

Beansieleigh said...

Oh this looks like SO-ooo much FUN! I will have to search through my stash and supplies to see what I've got to at least start one! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, and hope you're enjoying the rest of your weekend! ~tina

Jacqueline said...'s wonderful to attend art class each day. Such wonders you do with your hands. I'm wondering if Barbie has much patience with it all or is she too busy on the phone with Ken...talks about Valentine Romanace...that's a love story that keeps on giving...Barbie and Ken..hearts beat as one.
Tell your mama she has been crowned with a mid way award over in Queens in Training!

LiLi M. said...

Ooh you did it again! Come up with a great tutorial! Thanks, I would love to make this, but I have to make something for one world one heart which starts tomorrow. Have a happy Sunday!

Shelley said...

Hi Lindsey,I have made these paper bag albums in the past...think I will give it another try soon...yours is wonderful...God's blessing to you both on this Lord's day......

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Aw, those photo corners are cool, Lindsey! What a sweet little album! Can't wait to see the rest of the pages. You're so kind to do a tutorial for us. Thanks! Just the thought of me trying to do a tutorial makes me a nervous wreck! Ha! ♥

Sherry said...

Lindsey your work is getting nicer all the time! I love your tutorials, Thanks for sharing so much info with all of us!!


♥ Noelle ♥ said...

hi! i agree with holly, i really like those photo corners! you gals make the best pages!!!

noelle ♥

kimmie said...

Wow, I think that is such a good idea, I would like to thank you so much for the idea! I will need to check what you are doing with the rest.... once more thank you so much!

Florence and Mary said...

What a wonderful idea and would make a perfect gift.

Victoria xx

Nan said...

I love your tutorials and will try this right after I finish up my board book I'm making like Elizabeth does over on Creative Breathing. Mine will not be anywhere near the creative excellence she comes up with but I'm having fun making my first one. Nan

Madison said...

LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing Lindsey!

Love, Madison

Kathleen said...

I love this tutorial, thank you so much for sharing this with us. i can't wait to see the rest of the pages. I love paperbag albums, and you have really inspired me! Hugs, Kathleen

Short and Sweet said...

Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous book and for commenting on my Pink Saturday post this week. I follow your blog religiously. Your tutorial is very easy to follow and I look forward to seeing the rest of the pages.
Thanks so much,

Scrap for Joy said...

Paper bag books are so much fun to do and this one is adorable with the sweet Valentine images you've used Lindsey. I have been following your posts every day and finally!!! I am working on something using the images from the little Love book you posted yesterday. It's for a swap so I can't post the pictures until the end of the week but I'll be sure to let you know. The pages of that book are beautiful! Thanks for all of the inspiration you're gifting us with!

Sandy said...

What a nice Valentine tutorial Lindsey. Thanks for sharing.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Margaret Cloud said...

Thank you for sharing this, I will try to make on but I am not creative, you do such nice work.

~~Carol~~ said...

Just being able to use that sweet lovebirds valentine would have been enough for me! This project is so great, and the tutorial is perfect. Thanks!

Sandy Michelle said...

What a fabulous tutorial! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog!

Sandy xoxo

beedeebabee♥ said...

What a great tutorial! You make it easy and fun for all of us Lindsey! Looking forward to more!
Hugs, Paulette xoxo

Cheryl said...

Dropped in for my craft lesson and I love the bag albums. Never would have thought of it.

Thanks you 2 !

Cheryl said...

Dropped in for my craft lesson and I love the bag albums. Never would have thought of it.

Thanks you 2 !


Hi Gals!!
You the little "LOVE" book that you found, Twyla.
Lindsey...awesome as always!! I just need to sit down and DO IT~~
Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
Deb :)

Meri Wiley said...

This is a great idea, thanks for sharing the steps.


Valarie said...

I absolutely love your blog. I cannot wait to make this Album. Have a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsey,

Do you use a special tool to cut your paper? Instead of a ruler?

Great job the album!


Loretta said...

What a darling blog! I just discovered it. I added your link to my sidebar. I'll be back often. I love Valentine's Day!

Sophia said...

Lindsey, you are quite the talented gal. I've not ever heard of these until you..and I simply love the idea. Thank you for taking the time to share with each of us your "secret". :)

Shirley said...

I love your Valentine Album. The vintage Valentines are so adorable. I just need more hours then I have so that I can do some of the things that I see on your blog and others. Your Take care.