Sunday, May 26, 2013

diy {Monogram Paper Bag Album}

Was mid-April through most of May cray-cray-crazy at your house?
Here too.

Like time-hungry schedules got notice that the school-year smorgasbord was about to be put away and had to cram in as many more bites into its mouth as possible. 
Hardly time to savor. Hardy time to chew.

But now we are settling in with a big plate of summer relaxation in front of us and I hope you are too.

Amidst the scramble of recent weeks arose the sudden need for several gifts. 
Graduations. Mother's Day. Teacher thank-yous.

These paper bag albums were my go-to this year.
They are fun, simple, and easy to personalize.

Supplies and tools:

  • Brown paper bags (I used the lunch variety you can buy in packs of 100 for a buck something at Walmart and such places) - the number needed depends on how many pages you want in your album. These were made with 8 bags.
  • Double sided 12X12 scrapbook paper (mine was Beach House by Colorbok)
  • Children's handwriting paper
  • White cardstock
  • Ribbon or lace
  • Adhesive 
  • Scissors 
  • Papercutter 
  • Large scalloped circle punch
  • Hole punch (mine is the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite - I adore that thing)
Fold over the top of each bag about an inch. No exact measuring needed. Eyeball it.
Stack the bags all facing the same direction like pages of a book with the folded over ends as the binding.

Punch two holes through the whole stack at either end of the folded over 'binding'.

Tie lace or ribbon through the holes.

Cut patterned paper to 12" X 4 3/4" pieces. One piece for both sides of each bag except the back one - it only needs one piece since the back side doesn't have paper added to it.

Fold a 4" flap over on each piece showcasing the flip side of the paper design. Adhere the flaps down.

Adhere paper to pages and cover.

Cut circles from handwriting paper.

Adhere a handwriting circle to each page and to the cover.

 Cut large letters from patterned paper. I made these by drawing each letter in reverse on the backside of the paper and then cutting it out - a stencil could be used instead if free-hand isn't your style.

Adhere a letter to the circle on the cover to create a monogram effect. Graduate's first name initial, teacher's last name initial, "M" for mom. Take it and run where you wanna go.

 Cut white cardstock into mats for 4x6 photos. 4 1/2" by 4 1/2" gives a quarter inch border around pictures. I wasn't adding pictures to these but leaving them blank for the recipient to add their own photos so I added labels to mats to indicate their purpose. 

For a very special gift you could add photos... sky is the limit on ideas there.

Adhere mats to pages.

All done!
Happy little handmade gifts.
My favorite.


Happy summer Sunday to you!


  1. These are darling, Raimie and I bet a HUGE hit by the recipients! :-) I've made a few of these bag albums (a little different than this, but same idea) and they have always been my very favorite thing to make! I like making cards out of one sack and then tucking a surprise in the sack part! Your Auntie Lu did that for me for my birthday one year and I still have the card - it was my favorite! xoxo

  2. I LOVE paper bag albums, I like this take.


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