Wednesday, August 25, 2010

PTI August Blog Hop




"In honor of school going back into session everywhere, we thought it would be fun to issue a Brown Bag Challenge. We want to see what you can do to dress up, alter, change an ordinary brown lunch bag into a paper crafting work of art. You could modify it to become a gift bag with handles, create a card base by folding it in half (complete with a slide out tag), add a window to it or whatever else you can dream up. After the hop is though, we should all have plenty of inspiration to help us create amazing projects with inexpensive brown bags! We look forward to seeing your creations!"
                                        



When I read the Blog Hop info for this month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  There are lots of pictures here, so bare with me!  :) 

Basically, what I have to share with you today is a little "Brown Bag" album!  I took 2 brown lunch bags...

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Stacked them together, folded them in half and punched 4 holes on the folded side!

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With those 4 holes you can start decorating any way you like!  For this album, I took small pieces of Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch, put them through the holes and then tied those off with green Divine Twine!

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Then you just decorate each page as you like!  The new PTI School Time set is perfect for this little Preschool album!

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This library card pulls out with a little note on it!
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I love this ruler from the "It's Official" set!  After stamping it, I ran it through my Big Shot with the wood grain impression plate!  Such a fun embellishment!

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Then in each open side of the lunch bags, I slid in 2 journaling cards complete with decorative pulls!
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So great for leaving a personal note or telling a story!

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You can see here where I slide in the journaling card!

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Then on the back, I left just a quick personal note to my daughter! 
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So that is my brown bag project!  Hope you like it!  Can't wait to hear what you think!  Your comments are SO appreciated!

Have a great hop!

92 comments:

Carol's Ink Spot said...

So adorably cute! Lots of hard work went into this and it looks terrific.

vQh said...

Miss Rylee's hair is super cute in these pics!! How fast she is growing up! AH! (Not like I have to tell you that!)
Love ya!-Valerie

Kara said...

i've always loved these paper bag albumns....a lot of work went into this and what a treasured gift from a mother to a child!!

Sara Mac said...

LOVE IT!!! I knew you would do something amazing and creative with this challenge. This is a wonderful little treasure you've created. Perfect.

Jackie Pedro said...

Two words............SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!! This is off the charts ADORABLE, Laurie!!! I hope you don't mind, but someday soon I'm going to use this idea!!! You will get all the credit! I just love this!

Sue Ann said...

Great Laurie. I was excited to see what you were making and you of course did not disappoint!! Your DD looks like she has very thick hair and she is so darn cute!!! What a great keepsake for her....... I really do love these paper bag albums!!!

Chris said...

What an amazing little album...I know you will treasure it for years to come. Sigh...my daughter is 14 now and always a bit angry with me, so ENJOY these years. Whoa, that is such a downer isn't it after your wonderful project? I don't mean it to be...I just think this is absolutely perfect!!

Aimes said...

OMG what a FABULOUS project!! I love it and the pics too, especially the one with your sweet girl taking steps to the bus - adorable!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Amy Beth said...

WOW! Laurie this is fabulous! Rylee is too CUTE!

Jamie Lane said...

Adorable!!

Amy said...

Wow Laurie....this is soo special and fabulous!! I dont know how you do it but your journaling lines are impeccably straight! Great great project. Rylee will cherish this for years!!

Diane Jaquay said...

This is adorable Laurie! I used to make these paper bag albums back in my scrapbooking days, they are FUN, aren't they?!

Dana said...

This is AMAZING!!! Stunning! It's such a stroke of genius, too!

Lorraine said...

YOW, this is so beautiful! I love it, the colors, the design. and your daughter is a cutie!

Jen Carter said...

That is so cute!! Love the colors you chose, love the impression plates on the ruler and on the backgrounds! My favorite part is how you bound it!! Too cute and I will have to remember that idea! And as cute as it is, you can tell Rylee that she stole the show because she is so cute too (heehee!!). :) GREAT project!

Anika said...

Oh, Laurie! This is so sweet! I am loving it...totally something I could do with my students for a parent gift during the holidays!

Jennifer K said...

Oh my Heavens, Laurie. This is really, really fabulous! I love how you made a mini album that really just captured a very short time period. And so clever to use a paper bag. I must make one of my own now... :)

Jackie Solomon said...

This is freakin' fantastic!!! I love every little bit of it. Love the colors the photos and every single detail, just perfect!

Dana said...

This is the most amazing paperbag album I've ever seen. SO much love and work went into this baby! I used to swap these with some artsy friends years ago and haven't thought about them in ages. Your bag is just awesome Laurie. What a treasure.

Karen C. said...

What a great job - I like all the details and pictures that you have included!

Gayatri said...

Amazing project, Laurie! My jaw just dropped looking at your project. All the pages inside are also finished to perfection. Great job! Love it.

Christina said...

This is so fantastic! What a wonderfully creative keepsake and a great use of the paper bags. I should do more mini albums like this, and you've just inspired me to give it a try soon!

Jessica Griffin said...

Oh that is SO cute!! Absolutely adorable!!

Rebecca said...

Sew sweet! I love the little library card stamp/die journaling tag!

Karli said...

This is super fabulous! Love all the details :) TFS

Linda said...

I love mini albums! You captured so much of the back to school feeling. Thanks for all the photos.

Kay said...

Oh wow, this is awesome!
I did a paper bag album too, but yours puts mine to shame! :( :)

kbell said...

absolutely adorable!!

Kelly S. said...

OMG so amazing...you worked so hard on this! Love the colors, the layouts, and the sweet photos...perfect embellishing, too...just a WOW kinda project!

Karen said...

What a fantastic project! I love everything about it.

Laura Isham said...

Oh my gosh! The first stop on the blog hop is just AMAZING! I am in love with your project. I definitely have to try my hand at one of these adorable books! Thanks for sharing!

Jessie said...

What a really neat project! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn said...

Adorable album and pre-schooler! tfs

Debbie Gaydos said...

WOW. I just LOVE this, can't say enough great things about! Soooo inspiring!

designbydonna said...

Love it, Love it. What a beautiful momento for you daughter. Great way to remember 1st day.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You are super creative, I bet you have lots to see here at your blog, off I go, to see some of your old posting.

Terri said...

Great job! Looks like a lot of work but something your daughter will treasure always. She is a cutie too!

Paula Laird said...

Gorgeous! I love this! the colors and everything are just perfect!

Melissa Hungria said...

Can I say wow! This is my first blog hop, and your entry is amazing! I teach first grade and I'm IN LOVE with it! Thanks for sharing!

Kristii said...

Way cute!!! I love it!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW! What a fun project! Love that lil' book - all the detail & bright colors really look wonderful!

Kelly Braund said...

I LOVE making these for my kids and yours is just adorable! Great job!

Lyndsie said...

LOVE this! So creative :)

Julie said...

This is absolutely stunning!

Pat said...

Love how you have used all the elements from the School Time set to create embellishments and patterned paper. Cute, cute project!

Jamie said...

Very, very cute!! I love it and so will your daughter.

pattylt said...

Wow, you rocked this challenge! Great job and incredibly cute!!!

Marge said...

What a precious memory book for your DD & your whole family to treasure for years to come!!! Great job!!!

IamDerby said...

Fabulous! I love brown bag books, and yours is super cute!

Terri E. said...

Adorable little book! Thanks so much for this fabulous idea and now more "need" sets.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Andrea M said...

Laurie this is WAAAAAYYYY cool!!! Love it, love it, love it! You are so gosh darn creative! Great job as always girl :)

k prakken said...

Adorable. Love all of the embellishments that you used.

Christi said...

this is so darned cute! I love how much detail you put into each and every page.

peggysue said...

Oh my word, this is like paper bag perfection! How long did that take?? So adorable!

Deb C said...

What an amazing project! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us.

Lisa said...

Your album turned out so super cute!! Love it!

Cathy Weber said...

There are so many details to this project that make it so special. You used your PTI supplies so well. I love the ruler and the woodgrain texture on it.

Katie {choc0holic} said...

Oh Laurie, this is a great take on this month's challenge. You went all out! I need to follow your lead and do some scrapping!

Lori said...

this is soooo cute!! I am stunned with all of the details and all of its cuteness. great job!!

Theresa Tyree said...

Way to rock the challenge, Laurie! I'm inspired to create one for my second grader!

Lorus! said...

Pow! Those colors pack a punch! This is the cutest little scrapbook!

Shabby Horse said...

What an amazing book! Your daughter will cherish this for the rest of her life. This is so cute. Fantastic job!

Gramjak said...

Absolutely fantastic. The colors and embellishments pop and the entire album rocks!

Victoria said...

Wow, Laurie! You did an amazing job! What a wonderful way to commemorate preschool for your daughter. You are so talented!

Lori said...

Adorable! What a fabulous way to preserve such special memories.

Ally said...

Adorable Laurie! You put so much work into this and it turned out great! I really appreciate all the instructions as I'd love to try this someday.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, I wish I could motivate to do something that cool, what a great keepsake.

Ginny said...

LOVE it! this is such a special keepsake and work of love... thanks for sharing your creativity. i think it's awesome to see what you can do with a bag :D

mamareebs said...

This is soooo adorable! I can't wait to use this idea. Great job!

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

SO GORGeous!!! I'll have to remember this!!!

BethieJ said...

I LOVE this mini album!! It turned out just FABULOUS!!!
Have a GREAT day.. Happy Hopping!

Michelle said...

Your mini album is perfect! Not too simple not too over-the-top. Your choice of layouts and papers really make your photos the focal point. I also love the sliding journal cards and the layered stamping you did to make patterned paper. I'm not a scrapbooker, but this is something I'm definitely going to CASE for my kids. Hope you don't mind.

Janelle said...

Laurie, your paper bag album is so wonderful. What a great keepsake for your little girl.

..::Paulina::.. said...

This project is absolutely amazing, Laurie! The colors and all the different elements are simply perfect!

Vanessa said...

Hi Laurie! Wow, I am so glad I found your blog! Your creations are fabulous, I couldn't stop looking through your posts! This paper bag project is adorable!

Karen C said...

How appropriate to use a lunch bag for a school photo album! The colors are fabulous - every page pops!

Angy said...

Love everything about it! The colors and the layout are just fabulous!

Ohhh Snap said...

What a great book! TFS :D

Keva said...

Are you kidding me?? THIS is super cute! I love the colors, the freshness of it, the clean lines and of course the great pictures. This is so adorabale, Laurie!

Sue Lelli said...

This is just AMAZING! LOVE all of the work you put into this! Especially LOVE the notes you put inside!

Emm said...

This album is fantastic! So cute!

ohradiogirl said...

This is so nice. Thanks for the step by step info.

Pam said...

This is just gorgeous......LOVE it and definitely bookmarking it. Great job and thanks for the details!

Peppermintpatty said...

Wow - this is so nice! How did you find the time to make such a great project - I'm impressed!

Silke Ledlow said...

Shut up!!! This is absolutely fantastic and super cute Laurie!!! Love your paperbag scrapbook!!! You rock GF!!! Hugs ~S~

Melissa said...

This is gorgeous, Laurie! I love this mini album and all the beautiful details!

Heather Jensen said...

Total perfection! I am glad you knew what you wanted to do. I was clueless. That is why I didn't make anything. :)

Michelle said...

so so cute! I'm a sucker for all things school...gotta get these sets.

Roxanne M said...

Super cute project! Love the effort you put into it. Darling.

Julie E said...

What a fantastic keepsake! So many wonderful details - definetly something that will be treasured :>)

apron girls said...

I love it - and I was wanting some ideas for a paperbag scrapbook with this stamp set. Thanks for your inspiration.

Nelly said...

really special incredible work!!!

 
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