Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Paper bag art

You may be sick of packing sandwiches in them or tired of the boring meal they might represent, but there is a whole new meaning to brown-bagging it in the scrapbooking world.

Who would have thought that paper bags would be so versatile? They’re the ultimate new scrapbooking treasure, inexpensive and great for so much more than packing lunches.

There are so many creative ways to use paper bags:
-Make a cute mini-album
Just fold four paper bags in half and secure the fold with a staple or some ribbon. This makes a great 16 page album that has built in pockets for extra memorabilia. Quick and easy, these make great gifts.
-Decorate and use as a gift bag
The perfect size for CD’s, DVD’s, video games, books or any other gift that you can squeeze in, paper bags make excellent gift bags. Sturdy enough to hold a growing boy’s lunch, yet easy to embellish and disguise.
Quick Tip: Try running your paper bags through a paper corrugator for a quick decorative look.
-Add them to your pages as pre-made pockets
These bags are perfect additions to a layout and can be trimmed down to fit any space. Ideal for holding mementos, journaling, or even extra pictures, they add texture and flair to your page.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but for a few bucks, you can get hundreds of paper bags and let your imagination run wild.

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