I joined A Year in the Life of an Art Journal challenges this year and I needed some sort of mini-book/album for my pages.
I had gathered quite a collection of paperbags which were gathering dust. Finally, I almost threw them out one night when I hit upon the idea of making them into a mini-book. And here’s the result:
I removed all their ribbon/paper handles and started with this small one that would be the size of all my pages.
I cut up two sides and left the top as is, saving one side to be the spine. Then I punched holes for my ring binders to go through. To strengthen the spine, I adhered electrical tape I got from the hardware store.
I randomly cut up all the other paperbags until I had 25 pages, 24 for the challenges and 1 for my inside cover. I eyeletted the holes I made on the pages so that they don’t tear. Some of the eyelets fell off, but then I figure, I’ll eyelet them again later once I’m working on them, if needed.
This last one is my favorite paperbag ever. It comes from a local store called Gingersnaps, which is just the most gorgeous store for children’s and maternity clothes. I cut it up and adhered it as my cover. It also gives extra durability to the front and back covers as well. I added American Crafts Thickers, a postage stamp and adhered my dominoes with Inkssentials Glossy Accents.
Thanks for reading all that and hope that you take some time to make art to commemorate the year.