When Beautiful Impressions Too got the new Halloween line in from Graphic 45 I just knew I had to create a book with it. One of my favorite type of book to make is a paper bag book. Yup. That's right. Lunch Bags! The lowly lunch bag makes a beautiful book structure to embellish and alter. I am lending this to the store for the season as a sample. Hopefully customers will be inspired by what I have made.
This is a photo heavy post. I will try to explain everything I did. But if you have any questions please ask. I am more than happy to share my process with you. OK, let's get started!
Graphic 45 products used: 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 patterns & solids paper pad, Die cut sheets in Banners, Flowers and Tags & Pockets, An Eerie Tale Sticker Sheet, Alphabet Stickers and stamp sets #1 and #2, metal Keyholes, Keys and Brads. Tim Holtz products: Distress Paint; Tarnished Brass, Black Soot, Distress Inks; Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon and Mowed Lawn, Tissue Tapes from the Hobgoblin Set, Ribbon, Archival Ink; Black, Leaf Green, Mini Ink Blending Tools and Foams. I also used brads, rhinestone stickers and charms from my own stash; Brown Paper Lunch Bags.
Before decorating the pages I had to prepare my paper bags. First I glued down the bottoms and the side gussets of the bags. I randomly swiped Tarnished Brass Distress Paint in a crosshatch pattern over both sides of the bags. Be sure to leave unpainted sections. Once dry (and they should dry quickly) rub the whole surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an Ink Blending Tool. After inking all the bags go back with a paper towel and carefully rub them to remove any ink that isn't dry on the painted areas. By leaving unpainted sections the ink really 'grabs' in those areas and the crosshatch paint pattern really comes out. So cool!
For all my pages I matted them with Glitter Paper. Glitter without the mess?! Oh Yeah! I used Orange, Bronze/Brown and Black. To get rid of the white edges I inked them with the matching Distress Inks. Those of you that know me KNOW that I HATE white edges so every single paper edge is inked throughout the whole book. Not just the page backgrounds but also all the elements, tags, pockets, flowers. I found that the Mini Ink Blending Tool worked the best for this job.
Tucked into each pocket is a foldout page that is perfect for photos and additional ephemera. There are four foldouts in this book. I embellished each of them with die cut tags used as tabs.
The tag and Post Card from the first spread come out to reveal a secret message - wink, wink!
For the second spread I stamped with Archival Black Ink. I used Jute Twine to create a mini banner across the top of one of the pages and adhered the flags in place with black foam tape. The metal keyhole and brads are painted with Black Soot and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints. I then backed the keyhole opening with a tiny image of one of the witches and filled with Glossy Accents.
I love my books to be interactive so often elements are either removable or attached with a single brad so you can move it to see the back. Unless it's glued down all the elements have finished backs! This spread uses both.
More movement! Another thing I like to do is bring elements outside the confines of the page. To keep everything inside that measured edge feels claustrophobic to me. Having stuff extend beyond the page opens it up and creates more movement. You see bits and pieces of pages yet to come and it peeks your interest to keep exploring.
This spread was pretty straight forward. Adhered elements using black foam tape and added a bit of bling with rhinestone stickers and a bit of Silver & Clear Wink brush marker (difficult to see in photos - sorry!)
Lastly a couple closeups of the front and back covers, plus the binding. I dyed the ribbon with the inks I used throughout the book. Tied some charms to pieces of Jute twine, tieing them into the bow. To keep the binding sturdy I stacked all the pages BEFORE I added artwork, punched two holes through all the pages at once and set two eyelets through all the pages. Because paper bags are so thin this is very easy to do.
That's it! If you are in the area this book can be viewed at Beautiful Impressions starting Wednesday.
Have a creative day!