Paper Bag Albums
by Karen Baxter (Apr 28, 2005)
When I create paper bag albums, people always have to look closer to confirm they are indeed made out of paper bags. That’s because after all of the colorful papers, ribbons and embellishments are added, these little works of art bear little resemblance to their original form.
Paper bag albums—yet another form of altered art—are easy to make. Just follow these steps:
Note that paper bag albums are not acid-free or lignin-free, so they shouldn’t be used for preserving one-of-a-kind photos. To help extend their life, you can spray them with an archival mist, but still use duplicate pictures or color copies.
Like any scrapbook, a paper bag album can capture any theme. Some of my favorites for this format are:
Parents and teachers can easily adapt this project for children. After I do the binding, my four-year-old daughter loves to decorate the pages with construction paper, stickers, markers, paints, crayons, foam shapes and googly eyes. For a change, you can even use pipe cleaners or yarn for the binding.
No matter how you decorate them, paper bag albums make great gift items and are one more creative and unexpected way to use your scrapbooking materials.