Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vintage Paper Bag Mini Album plus a Video Tutorial

Hello friends! It's Cathy here today and I'm so excited to share with you my second mini album using The Sherlock Book kit. This mini album uses paper bags, LOTS of paper which enables you to fill it with lots of photos, embellishments, journalling and memories.

To help you get started, I have supplied a list of measurements for the album, to make things easier for you as well as a start to finish video tutorial to help you along the way. My second video is a walk through of the completed album to give you ideas on how you can start to embellish your album. I used stamping as a way of personalising my album. These papers are so versatile that you can use your stamps to start your album in the theme/direction of your choice.

I was inspired by My Sisters Scrapper and followed one of her tutorials for the construction of this album. The decorations/embellishments are my style!

Here I have used some stamps to add some spaces to journal.....they are interactive as well....

The album has flaps that fold out, giving more space for photos etc. Again stamps have been used for embellishments.

This is a page with a photo mat....

Project Cutting Guide

Extra Information
6 x  black paper bags

Trim paper bag to 7 6/8”

(purchased from Spartys part of Spotlight)
Flap  using black cardstock
7 ½” x 5 ½” six in total
Score on side at ½ and use a decorative punch to punch along the other side
Flap mat using papers from the collection 
4½ x 7 3/8” twelve in total

No trimming required
six pages in total

Back of page
Trim 3” of the bottom of one book page from the collection, leaving you two parts.
This is the page where there is the folded section of the paper bag. It will form a pocket.
Photo mat using black cardstock
7½ x 5”
This will be inserted inside the paper bag. There will be a total of six.
Photo mat contrast
7¼ x 4 7/8”
This is where you place your photo.
Hidden Hinge Binding
11¼ x 7¾
Score both ends at 2”. Then score at :
½"  ½ " ¼", repeat until reaching the end 2” score line.
Cover using chipboard
two 5 ¾ x 8½” for the cover and one 2” x 8½” for the spine
I used a 0.6mm chipboard thickness for my album.
Cover Papers
two 12.5cm x 21.5cm for the covers and 12.5cm x 4” for the spine.
Yes, I do work in both cms and inches. This will leave a small border around your papers.

Meg’s Garden Supplies
Bridal Veil flowers

Other Supplies:

Paper: Chipboard 0.6mm, Black Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla

Ink: Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Versafine Onyx Black

Stamps: Kaisercraft Clear Stamps: Vintage Believe, Vintage Cherish, Vintage Love, Vintage Imagine,  Art of Life, The Looking Glass, Miss Match Bingo Cards, Confetti, Curiosity, Waltzingmouse Stamps Victorian Frippery, Bobunny Weekend Market Clear Stamps, Stampin’ Up! En Francais.

Cutting Dies: Spellbinders : Classic Squares Small, Captivating Squares, Timeless Rectangles, D-lites Ornamental Tags Two, Marvelous Squares, Stately Circles, Classic Circles Small, Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork and Delicate Butterfly Arch, Sizzix Fancy Frame Rectangle, Magnolia Doohickeys Doily, Rose Leaf and Heart Doily.

Other: Martha Stewart Vintage Doily Punch, Stampin’ Up! Tab Punch,  Scrapmatts Scrap Words and Assorted Words, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder Midnight Bronze, Brown Organza Ribbon, Kaisercraft Black Lace Pack, Petaloo Mixed Textures Blossom Mocha, Prima Flowers Layla, Hemp, Assorted Charms, Beads, Jump Rings, Spacers, Bead Caps, Eye Pins, Eyelet.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you made it! Pinning!!!

  2. Beautiful album! You are so clever!

  3. Precioso álbum. Gracias por compartir.

  4. Wow Cathy this was awesome!! I just loved it. Thank you for taking the time to list everything in your post and where you got your paper bags from. Such a beautiful album to treasure. <3 Kimi

  5. A gorgeous book Cathy ... fabulous use of the Sherlock Kit! Beautifully done!! xx


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