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Monday, July 23, 2012

paper bag scrapbook

Challenge #133 @ My Grafico Crafts this week is: Expecting
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Link up your creation by Friday August 3

I am so excited about my paper craft project for My Grafico this week. Challenges are all about being challenged, right? Well, I challenged myself to create a paper bag mini scrapbook. I used the digital images below:

I have a friend whom I have known since she was in high school and is now expecting their first child. It was so much fun to create this scrapbook for them. They are a darling couple. 

This is the front cover of the mini album. In this picture, you can see some of the tags that can be used for journaling.

Close up of the poem

 Pages 1 and 2
 Pages 3 and 4
 Pages 5 and 6
 Pages 7 and 8...Baby Z is movable!
 Page 9
 Page 10...Notice the tag that can be pulled out, on the upper left...
 Here is the tag!
This verses completed the verse that began on page 9

If you are still with me, you have seen many pictures! I just couldn't bear to leave any out. Notice that there are blank spaces for journaling, tags inserted for journaling, places to store pictures( inside the bag openings- and pages to place pictures. I am sure baby Z's parents will have fun with this album. 

Now for the recipe...
I used 3 large size brown paper lunch bags. You could really do this nicely with just two bags, if you choose.
DP: Recollections, Basic Grey, Deja Views
Stickers: ek success
Ribbons: Michael's
Images: My Grafico
Distressed Ink: Tim Holtz
Coloring: Copic Markers
Page titles: Word
Binding of the pages: Punch holes and thread ribbon through then tie in a knot.
This images from My Grafico Crafts made this album so easy. Using Microsoft Word, I was able to use merge several of the images with the titles. Cutting all the designer paper was the fun part:) 

By now, I am sure you are thinking of events that you could make this album for. I already thought it would be cute for: summer fun, vacation, bridal showers, favorite places, etc. This album is small enough that it could also be included in a larger 12x12 in. scrapbook page. 

 I hope that I have inspired you to use your creativity and create something special. Please, take a few moments this week just for you. If you need anymore information, Please contact me.Feel free to leave a comment...yes I do read all of them and love hearing from my blogging friends. Would also love for you to become a follower:) Have a wonderful week.

I am sharing this paper craft project with:
crafty creations challenges: Tags (there are several tags within this project)
stampin royalty:: Anything Goes
perfect sentiments challenge: anything Goes + Sentiment on front
dutchdare-cardchallenges: 1 ribbon, 2 images, 3 DP, 4 embellishments
joyful stamper: Anything Goes
simply create too: Use something two or more times: Ribbons,colors: aqua, orange
sir stamp a lot challenge: What's your crafty passion? ribbons, layering, distressing
the squirrel and the fox: Babies/children
crafty boots challenges: Babies
fashionista challenge: Babies
love to create challenge: Spots and Dots
the crafty pad: Interactive designs
make it monday: Anything Goes
simon says stamp and show: Hey Girl


  1. Great idea for your special friend!!

  2. Wow, this is impressive, it's a fabulous idea and your project looks gorgeous. Very thoughtful too!

  3. The baby in the crib is so cute!

  4. What you really lovely little album Barbra, I'm sure your friend absolutely love it and it will be such wonderful keepsake.

    Thank you so much sharing your 'Crafty Passion' with us at Stampalot challenge this month, but I'm afraid your entry won't be eligible for the prize on offer as you have combined more challenges than our rules allow (listed top of our challenge blog).

    B X

  5. Barbara: Your mini scrapbook is beautiful--love the colors--know your friend will too. Glad you joined us for Challenge #18 - "Use it Twice"

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  6. This is such a lovely album Barbara...I'm sure your friend is just going to love this...
    Thanks for joining us this week at Make it Monday...
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

  7. Such a wonderful creation! Love the colors and details - your friend is a lucky lady! Thanks for playing along this week with us at The Perfect Sentiment!

  8. Awesome interactive little album. Love the great stamp images. Your friend is going to be so happy to get this. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  9. What a lovely gift and such alot of work!!! GREAT job... it will be treasured!
    Thanks for joining in with us this challenge at Fashionista, and be sure to check back every week to see who is "Featuerd at Fashionista", new inspiration creations, week 3 see if you are in the top 5 and then you can VOTE for your favorite!!!
    Rina Fashionista

  10. Such a great project and I love the design with the paper bags, colours, ribbon and theme. Thank for playing at Dutch Dare Card Challenge, but unfortunately we have a limit of 8 challenges combined when entering ours. But still this is a gorgeous project and I hope to see you back soon. Bettina xx

  11. Fabulous journal for an expectant mom! It is also a wonderful use of the new collection of images. I love all the spots and dots I see on your card. Thank you for joining us this week at Love to Create. NancyD

  12. What an incredible gift! I want to make one too! It wouldn't look as good as yours...but I can still try :). Your friend is going to love this!!

  13. Fabulous mini album, it is really adorable and a great gift.

    Thank you or sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  14. Hey Girl!
    Such an adorable piece! : ) I like the images you chose and the papers too! What a treasure!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

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  15. this is fabulous - I wish someone had given one to me when I was expecting! Fantastic work and thanks for sharing at the crafty pad this week! Good luck! Hugs Rachel xx

  16. Barbara, this is just adorable & I'm sure your friends will treasure it forever!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful mini album with us at The Crafty Pad in our Interactive (make it move)Challenge!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx
    ps thanks for sharing my candy! x

  17. Great project thanks for playing with Dutch Dare. Don't forget we have a new challenge that just started Thursday come by and play again.

  18. WOW!! Absolutely a fabulous mini book!! Thanks for playing along with us at Love to Create Challenge!

  19. Hi Barbara!
    Your paperbag album is really gorgeous! Love the colours! I have peeked a bit in you blog and here is so much inspiration. Keep up the great woork! Also i wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog and joining in on my candy. It is allways good to see new faces, lol. Congrats on your newly celebrated blogversary too. Hope you have a great day. Hugs...Mona