I live in Tasmania, Australia with my husband and two children. I blog our day to day life and crafting fun over at One Crafty Mumma and like to knit, sew, crochet, scrapbook, bake and spend time doing crafts with my children.
Okay, now for some fun! Today I thought I’d share a little tutorial on how to make a sweet paper bag album for Valentine’s Day. It’s a fast, easy and cheap idea for sharing love notes with someone special or as you’ll see below, my daughter Bella is using the paper bag album to give her best friend as a thank you for being such a good friend.
After you gather your supplies (x4 paper bags, adhesive, red felt, 1 sheet of plain cardstock, stapler and paper trimmer), begin by placing the paper bags on your work surface.
Crease each paper bag in half lengthways and add a strip of adhesive along the outer edge (see step photo below for placement). Fold completely in half – the adhesive will hold both sides together permanently.
Now fold the paper bag over and in half (as shown in the step photograph below).
Complete the step above for the remaining paper bags and then stack them all on top of each other like a book. Staple everything together at the folded end.
Fashion a red heart out of felt and adhere onto the front of the paper bag album.
Measure the height of your album and roughly cut out a piece of red felt to bind the edge. My felt was approximately 5cm (2 inches) wide X the height of the album.
Adhere the felt strip onto the album, creating a binding around the raw edge of the paper bags.
Cut a series of cardstock into small pieces to pop inside the flaps of the album. Also cut a small tab of red felt and staple this onto one end of the card (refer to the step photographs below for placement).
Slide each cardstock tag into the album and stamp a title (or use stickers/rubon letters) onto the front. I stamped the words ‘i like you because’, but you could adapt this to suit.
Now your album is complete! All that’s left is to fill the tiny tags with special notes and you can also write/stamp messages directly onto the paper bag pages or adhere a photo here and there.
I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial and thanks for stopping by.