Friday, 3 May 2013

Paper Bag Scrapbook

Hey there Blogland! Last night was our last Guide meeting until September.  I will truly miss my girls until the Fall.  The past couple of years have been really good in terms of having nice, well behaved kids.  I know, they are only kids, but I'm sure you Guiders know what I am talking about.  We were blessed with a great group of girls..no bullies...no whiners...no hypers... and they all got along well together {knock on wood for the Fall lol}.  We had a few extremely quiet girls...one extremely outgoing girl...and the rest in between...and I noticed on several occassions over the past year how some of the girls went "out of their way" to encourage the quiet girls.  Moments like that is what truly motivates me to return to Guiding each year. Anyhoo, we had a Pizza and Scrapbooking night to end our season which was really fun!  

Here is a sample of our Scrapbook...
 We made the scrapbook out of these...paper Lunch Bags! 



 Three bags...arranged by alternating open and flap ends.
 
The flap on right side of the bag labelled '1' gets glued down.  This will be the inside of the back cover.  The flap on the left side of the second bag gets cut.    The third bag has the flap on the right, which gets cut off.  {It really doesn't matter how you place the bags..this is just how I did ours...[update added* and you do not necessarily need to cut the flaps...they can all be glued down but then you will have less pockets]}.  Then place all three bags on top of each other and carefully fold them so that the ends line up..then give a good crease in the center...bag 1 on the bottom...bag 2 in the middle...bag 3 on top.

Then staple together...


You can see here how the pockets are created to hold photo cards.


The inspirational scrapbook was found on Pinterest.  I, of course, changed the look of the scrapbook.  I used tabs attached to cardstock squares instead of the ribbon used in the original version {I found it difficult to staple the ribbon to the card..it just didn't work for me}However, I did not have enough tabs for all 15 girls so I ended up precutting cards to look like this...

Photos were glued to these cardstock cards...they can easily be pulled out of the pockets for viewing.  They are not attached to the scrapbook.  All of this cardstock was in my "scrap" basket...the only thing I had to purchase for this project was paper lunch bags. {Hubby printed out the photos at work. You could use real photo prints but I think they would be a little heavy}.
I used the Girl Guides of Canada Clipart images and created  these sheets in Microsoft Word...I ♥ this artwork.  I do not know the name of the artist...do you?
The GGC clipart is so cute!  I also added some doodles with a white paint marker {but I did not do the doodles until after our night was over since I did not have enough paint markers for everyone...they are a bit pricey! so the girls used regular markers and coloured pencils}.
...and added google eyes...the girls loved the google eyes...
these are peel and stick from Walmart years ago.

This clipart image was laminated using packing tape..then I added 3D pop dots.  {I did not do this step with the girls since I did not have enough 3D pop dots to go around}.  I also added craft tape with washi tape on top...and more glitter/gem stickers from Dollarama {the name on the package is Glitter but they are little round gem stickers}
More google eyes to add some fun!  These look so funky!  I again added craft tape and glitter stickers...I did not have enough craft tape and glitter/gem stickers for the girls so this part was done after the meeting.
Yes, I went a little "crazy" with the glitter/gem stickers and craft tape! 
...more craft tape
Top view showing the pockets.
Craft tape adds flair doesn't it! 
{you can see I have some thin teal 
Washi tape here but I later removed it}.
The craft tape also adds support to the spine.

The Guides had a blast making 
these easy, inexpensive super fun Scrapbooks. 
They all turned out unique in their own way!   


Our meeting location is now under major renovations and will not be ready until September.  As a result, the Sparks, Brownies, and Guides had to remove ALL belongings from the hall...3 cupboards and all it's contents.  Fire Owl found a location to store all the Brownies stuff and my hubby's friend is allowing us to use his barn to store the Guides' cupboards...all the contents of the Guides' cupboard and all the Sparks stuff is now in my living room.  I know...remember one of my posts from last summer ...Craft Room Chaos Part 1...well my craft room is 90% done but once again I am bombarded with Girl Guide stuff! LOL...It's a never ending story my friends. 

6 comments:

  1. I love this! I have so many paper bags and I know my girls would love this!
    Thanks for posting! :)

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  2. Hi Adrienne...Thanks! Thank Pinterest for the general idea. I too usually have leftover lunch bags but this time could not find them {then of course I found them after I bought a new package}. Glad you stopped by Owl & Toadstool.

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  3. Once again Lee Ann, you've created something beautiful and memorable. I assume that you provided all the pictures for the girls to use? Or did they bring their own?

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    1. HI Sarah...gee thanks! Yes, I provided the photos for each girl. I always have my camera at Girl Guides and have a ton of photos on my computer. I made a folder on my computer for each girl and selected photos that they were in...then made a word doc for each girl...it ended up being a few pages on average for each person {about a dozen photos each. They were printed from a colour laser printer. I prefer to use computer printouts of photos rather then getting the digital prints from Walmart or wherever since the computer printouts are thin paper and easier to cut and glue. I'm glad that you like this project...Thank Pinterest for the original paper bag book instructions! Thanks for visiting Owl & Toadstool.

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  4. I love this craft idea, and plan to do it with our girls at our end of year meeting or our camp! I was wondering if you had a file with all of your clip art in it? I have scoured the internet and some of it doesn't come out so well (including that from the Brand Centre. If you have the clip art and are willing to share, please send it to erindixon.ggc@gmail.com!

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Erin...sure, I can send you a 2 page document of the GGC clipart that I had used for the scrapbook...and I will put the two trefoils in another file and send that too.

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