Monday, May 23, 2016

Mini paper bag album for swap

A group I am in  had a challenge/swap.  The challenge was to use five tiny sack for pages in a mini album.  These little sacks measured about 2.75 inch x 4 inch.  It was required that the bags would be the pages and each bag would hold a tag or folder.  I chose to make my album into a mini drop side boxed album.  I used a pattern that I had purchased from Paper Hoarder Disorder to make this album, but made it a lot smaller than the pattern size.

The swap part is when all books were done we drew names to see who to mail each book to.  I am so excited because I won my niece's book.  I mailed mine to a lady in Canada.

This is the outside of my little album.  I added metal corners on the top and then put flowers for accent.  "Memories" was cut using my Silhouette.  I used a little latch to hold it closed.  Of course a little stickles on the flowers is a must for me!  lol

When you open the box, the sides drop down allowing you to look through the book.  I added blank mats so titles, dates and other journaling may be added.

 The first page is made up of a pocket containing a little folder.
It is help secure with a magnet.  

The next pages are a little fold out that is also held closed with magnets.  A pocket page follows which holds a tiny envelope with note card and a post card embellishment.

 The next set of pages is once again a pocket page with two little tags and a page with a foldout containing a removable folder.

On the next set of pages you will find a little waterfall album on one side and another pocket page on the other.  The waterfall contains three pages.

This second page is just another pocket with a couple little tags again.

The last set of pages are another pocket page and a little fold out held shut by the string and button closure.

Each little bag holds a tag with lined paper on one side for writing and patterned paper on the other for photos.  I used a die to cut the scalloped edges for added design.

The papers I used are from miscellaneous 6x6 paper pads.  The little flowers and flourishes throughout the book are from dies I purchased from Expo a couple years ago.  The flowers are finished off by adding a flat back pearl to the centers and adding stickles to the green areas. 

I hope the recipient of this little album will love it as much as I loved making it for her.  Thank you for stopping by.  May God bless you always.


  1. This album is gorgeous and I'm sure whoever the lucky lady is, she will absolutely love it.
    All the best

  2. Fantastic is too mild a word but the best I have.

  3. Beautiful! I love pink and vintage together! Are there cut instructions available for this? Thanks! Monica from Ohio

    1. Thank you for your wonderful compliment. There is no pattern actually for this project. I just used the paper bags as my guide to how big to cut things. I have never written a pattern or tutorial and not sure if I could. lol I will be happy to answer any questions you may have along the way though. Thank you again.