Thursday, January 17, 2013

Valentine Brag Book - Paper bag Tutorial

Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a great week!  Now that its the middle of January (already!), its time to start working on those special Valentine's for your loved ones.  It has become a tradition that for Valentine's day, I make my mom a brag book or mini book of some kind.  This year, I got creative with a paper bag!

To start my project, I cut/embossed the end of the paper bag using some Spellbinders Edgeabilities - Classic Scallop and Classic Decorative Inserts Four.  Then I cut up both sides of my bag like this.......

Then flatten your bag and open it like a book.  Use a bone folder to get a nice crisp fold at the flaps.

Now its time to decorate this little bag.  I used some pink cardstock to cover the front, back and the two inside pages.  I decorated the front of my bag using the small rose from Rose Garden.  I stamped the rose onto pink cardstock using Rich Cocoa Memento ink and fussy cut them out.  I used the Small XOXO  to decorate the Imperial Gold Labels Four die template.  Plus I added some bling and a paper doilie to give it that vintage look I was going for.   Here is a close-up!

Here is the inside of my bag. I stamped the "Love" and "Happy" from Remember The Moments set onto a couple of die cuts that came with this Pink Paislee London Market paper.   I plan on adding some pictures of my daughter's so that my mom has a nice little brag book plus she will know how much we love her!!

Hope this has given you a new idea for a paper bag album.  I can't take credit for the idea because I saw something similar on this YouTube Video but that project was a whole large album with lots of pages and such.  I didn't want my album to be so big, so I used the idea to split the bag and just make it a card.  

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Small XOXO, Remember The Moments, Rose Garden 
Paper: Cardstock- Pink Lemonaide Pop Tones (Discount Cardstock), Patterned Paper - London Market (Pink Paislee)

Ink: Memento- Rich Cocoa Ink Pad,  Tim Holtz, Ranger -Distress Ink Antique Linen
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' -The One and Only Tape, 3d Foam Squares
Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon, Pearl/Rhinestone Bling (Prima), 4" Doilie (Wilton)



Karen T said...

beautiful project Deb! lucky lucky Mom!!

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