April 8, 2009

A LITTLE FRIEND PAPER BAG BOOK

Hi all!!! WOW!! Yesterday was such a busy day - shopping all day and eating out at the Cheesecake Factory with my kids, it was soooo fun!! We really did have a great time, I have not laughed that much with them in a long time - made me feel really blessed to have such amazing kids!! They really are fun to be with, and they make me feel good because they seem to enjoy spending time with me...at least that's what they say, lol!! We came home after eight hours tired, but full and with lots of bags!! Heehee, they are set for the rest of the summer now!! Since I did not stamp at all yesterday (can you believe it??!!) I thought I would share my paper bag book that I taught in a class a couple of weeks ago. We had such a great time making it and they really loved the way it turned out! The theme was friendship since I figured it is always nice to document some of the fun times we share with our buddies!! I know I will be filling this with pics from Convention last year, lots of good times there! Anyway, bare with me as I walk you through this book of mine! The first pic is obviously the cover, and it starts the color theme that is found throughout the book. The book is made up of three lunch paper bags that you can find anywhere (although I prefer the ones at Target since they measure a true 6x6 and many others don't) that I punched holes through with my Crop-a-dile and bound together using lots of different ribbons. There are many ways to actually bind your book, but this is the way I did it this time. Notice I also added extra card stock to make the binding stronger. These subsequent pages have plenty of space for adding pictures, memorabilia, and even has pockets (from the bags) that can be used to store mementos or add some pull-out pages. Here they are in order:
If you notice, these pages all have some sort of pocket on them and I included several different tags that can be journaled on, decorated, or have a picture attached. I love to have options with my books, and this one gives you plenty! The paper is actually from the SU! Scrapbooking kit called Sweet Nothings and is positively yummy - I love everything in this kit!! Now, I did not use a lot of the stickers (not a big sticker person) BUT there are some fabulous choices in this kit! Instead, I used lots of different punches to add detail and interest to the pages! Since this is a class that I teach, I am not going to share all the details, but if you have a question or are interested in purchasing this as a kit, please email me and let me know! I really enjoyed putting this book together and will be teaching another book class later on this month with a summer fun theme!! Thanks for stopping by all, I love hearing from ya!! Today is a stamping day for me, I have a couple of classes to prep, and I have one of my downline coming over to stamp with me which will be very fun!! She is a real sweetie!! Enjoy your day - I will be back tomorrow with my sketch card for Tamara's challenge!!

29 comments:

Manna said...

Alex, this is so much fun! Love the bright colours!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Alex, this is just gorgeous!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh Alex...this is AWESOME girl! Haven't made one in ages but this is the sort of scrapbooking I do...lol!
I'm so jealous you had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory yesterday...YUMMY!

Meg Giroux said...

Super cute book Alex!
I am so jealous, the cheesecake factory? I love it there...YUMMY!!!! So, glad you and your kids had so much fun!
I didnt receive my caddy yet in the mail but I keep looking everyday!!! Can't wait to see it! thanks so much for sending it my way!
Have a great week.

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Beautiful book Alex! Love the pretty papers and the great layouts on each page. The front is beautiful! :)

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

That's awesome! And it sounds like you're totally enjoying spring break...sadly, mine came and went much too quickly.

Heather P. said...

This is totally adorable! Love the colors you used. :)

scrapnnMO said...

WOW gorgeous album Alex! Love the colors and the designing! :)
♥Dawn

Ila said...

Hey...like how can a day not be Fabulous when cheesecake and family is involved?..LOL.

I love your friendship book...the pages are Fabulous...love the Gorgeous papers, tags and pockets!!..Hugs, Ila

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! What an awesome project Alex!! Love the colors on this and what the heck.....cheesecake factory?!! No fair...I don't even think we have one anywhere NEAR us!! boohoo!! I'm sure it was fun!! :) TFS your fun creation!!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

The girls and I have made paper bag albums before . . . so FUN!! Yours is very pretty!! Great job!

Sounds like you had a fun day shopping! I love spending time with my girls too!! We have spring break next week, and I cannot wait!!

Emily said...

This looks fantastic Alex! I haven't made one of these in forever! I love the papers and layouts you used!

Dani said...

Ooo, gonna hafta try this! Very, very cool!

mudmaven said...

What a fantastic book! I love it! Colors are just great. ~chris

Deborah said...

what a treasure! Greay job and so much fun for you ro put your memories in! Hugs, Deb

Angie Tieman said...

Wow! Very cool little album!

Christina Fischer said...

This is a fantastic book, Alex! I haven't done one of those in years -- I just may have to do one now! :)

Cheesecake Factory... YUM! Sounds like you had a great time!

kathleenh said...

Beautiful project Alex! I love the papers and colors.

Risa said...

Alex, your book is awesome!!!!!
hugs
Risa:)

Diane said...

Oh my,what a gorgeous book! Alot of work into this project!!!
Fabulous work as always Alex!
Hope you had some cheesecake for me,my fav is cherry,so next time you go have a piece for me k!!!
Glad you had a ball with your kids,you lcuky girl!

Jessie/knightrone said...

How fabulous!! You rock girl!!

CraftyC said...

Just gorgeous Alex, a fab piece!
Clairex

Lauren said...

This is fabulous. You are so creative Alex!

Chris said...

this is fabulous!! i love the colors!!

Deb said...

oh wow Alex this is amazing! Love this project! hugs Debx

Rose Ann said...

This is so awesome, and so pretty...Alex!! I love it, girl!!

Marcea said...

wow, love your colour combo on these .... glorious
Happy Easter hunny
-x-

Marilyn said...

Wow - what a fun book this is Alex - I'm sure your ladies had a blast putting this together!! Love all the pockets and tags.

Isn't it great when your kids enjoy being with you - makes it worth it all being a momma!

Vicki said...

Wow, great paper bag book as always. You always make such great books.