Saturday, June 25, 2011

Paper Bag Mini Album - FCCB Challenge #65

Hi everyone!  For many years, I've been going to scrap weekends at Myrtle Beach with my girlfriends and this October will be the 10th anniversary of our getaways.  In honor of this, we're making each other gifts and my gift will be a mini album to give each gal.  I've never made a mini album and so I've been struggling with ideas that are quick, cheap and easy.

Finally, I came upon a video for a Paper Bag Mini Album from Following the Paper Trail blog (here it is: Paper Bag tutorial) and now I made my first mini album!  It was easy to make and I did it in about 3 hours (the housework will just have to wait).  For the album cover, I cut out a sun on my Cricut and used SCAL and my Cri-kit pens to write "Scrappin Memories". 

Here's the front cover of the album:

This shows the paper bag pages of the album:

We always take a group picture from each scrap retreat and I'm going to put them on the tags that I inserted into each envelope.  I added ribbon to each tag:

This shows you the thickness of the album.  I've used chipboard on the front and back to give the album weight and sturdiness:

I'm so pleased with the results!  Now I only have to make 10 more of them before our next retreat.  :-)  I'm entering this in two challenges:
FCCB challenge #65 - use a sun on a project - FCCB #65
Getting Cricky - created a penned project -  Getting Cricky

Thanks for looking!


  1. wow- what a great project.
    10 more to go- Oh my.
    I do the same thing with some friends. Except I usually host the retreat weekends at a retreat house and have a theme each time. Then I decorate and do games based on the theme. I know the work ahead of you to do 10 more of these. God Bless you!
    Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB.

    You did a fantastic job.Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB.

  2. Awesome project. I love it and all the work it entailed.
    Brenda Getting Cricky DTM

  3. Such a fantastic idea! I have never seen one of those. Even though you have ten to make, it must be so great to see one completed like this. What an amazing job. Love the title in pen. The little daisy as the 'O' looks cute. Thanks for joining us at Simply Sunday Challenge. Chloe, Getting Cricky Guest Designer

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  5. cute mini!! i need to try this!!


    Thanks for playing along with us at Getting Cricky's Simply Sunday Challenge!


  6. Great paperbag album, I love the bright colors you used! Perfect for summertime.
    Thanks for playing along with us this week.
    Getting Cricky DTM

  7. I love your mini album! You have done a fabulous job! Great sentiment for it!

    Getting Cricky DTM

  8. This is fantastic! My daughters are in to mini albums right now- I'll have to make one for each of them (or have them make them!). Thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks for linking up with Getting Cricky this week!

    JulieK-Getting Cricky DTM

  9. OMG, what a great album. Love the colors that you picked. This is just fabulous. Good Luck!
    Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

  10. Ericka,
    Your paper bag album is adorable! I'm sure your friends will love them :) Perfect for them to put all the pictures of the trip in! Thanks for joining us at Getting Cricky this week :)
    Becky- Getting Cricky DTM

  11. Wow Erika--this is absolutely fabulous! You put so much love and detail into this book--just beautiful!!
    Thanks for playing along in my Simply Sunday Challenge!

    Big Cricky Hugs,
    K Andrew

  12. Erika, what an AWESOME project to celebrate your retreat!! I love the idea of adding the chipboard to the front and back... :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge this week!! :)

    Amy :) at
    Getting Cricky DTM