Wednesday, 17 June 2015

TUTORIAL - Double Paper Bag Not-so-mini Scrapbook Album

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In my tutorial, I show you how to create my "Double Paper Bag Scrapbook" not-so-mini album. This album is made with 12 paper bags and has lots of room for your precious memories. There are many flaps and pull-out tags. I used the beautiful paper collection by Tim Coffey (K & Company) called Country Garden, but you can use any paper to customize your album.

The double format of this album makes it versatile - if you want to use this album to record your family's genealogy you could use the top stack for Mom's side of the family and the bottom stack for Dad's relatives. It can be used to record events throughout the year, and also makes an awesome holder for recipe clippings!

The album measures 12" high by 9-1/2" wide, and is 3" thick. It has a wrap-around cover covered in fabric and a buckle closure.

The tutorial is in PDF format and contains 65 pages of extremely detailed step-by-step instructions from start to finish with 260 photos I took as I was creating the album. I show how to create each of the pages, how make the wrap-around covers, how to bind the pages into the album, how to make the buckle closure and how I embellished the album. Measurements are included for each piece you will need to construct the album including the binding, covers and spine.

In addition to the
written tutorial, I'm including free links to my series of unlisted ONLINE VIDEOS that show how to make the album as I create a brand new one from start to finish.

You can refer to the videos anytime as I plan to leave them online for as long as the service provider can host them. Below are videos that show my completed albums, and a few additional photos.

(If you have difficulty viewing the videos, clicking on the links will take you to my YouTube channel where you can view them.)

Album I make in the tutorial
K&Company Cottage Garden

Album I use as a demo in this tutorial
Tim Holtz - Ideology


Graphic45 - Place in Time

Twin boys album with a slightly different cover
DCWV - Baby Boy Stack

My newest Recipe Album with 
Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home paper stack

Here are just a few photos of the covers and the first couple of pages

There are three large tags in the front pocket.


There are two large tags in each of the two main sections of the album so you can write a title or describe the contents of each.

The pages on the left have a flap that folds up with a built-in pocket and tag.

The pages on the right have a flap that opens to the right to reveal more tags. Each paper bag has an extra large tag in the opening on the right.


To purchase: Please visit my Etsy shop to purchase the tutorial ( Don't have an Etsy account? No problem. Simply email me at and I will send you a Paypal invoice and upon payment, will send you the tutorial by email within 24 hours.

Terms of use: 
By purchasing this tutorial, you can make as many albums as you wish for personal use. You can also make and sell the albums you make. If selling albums online, please credit me by including a link to my website: “Tutorial for making this album is available from”.
However the tutorial and videos are protected by copyright and may NOT be reproduced or redistributed for free or for profit. 

Classroom Licence - $29.99
If you would like to teach classes on how to make this album, a “Classroom Licence” is available for $29.99. You can teach as many classes as you wish.  Note: Students each need to purchase Personal Use or Commercial Use licences. Student licences can be purchased at a special price if ordered and paid for by the purchaser of the Classroom Licence. Contact me at to purchase.