Paper bag writer

The Future of American Crafting is, I’m happy to report, in very good hands.

At least as evidenced by the success of a gathering Laura hosted at her house yesterday evening where I demonstrated how to make paper bag albums.

We had twelve ladies there, and as far as I could tell, everyone had a wonderful time and made some extremely creative stuff. Only a couple of the ladies considered themselves "scrapbookers," and they ranged from massage therapists to bookkeepers to painters to medical office workers, mostly in their mid-twenties to early thirties.

I pre-cut coordinating papers for everyone to choose from and put together two kits from seven different collections: Basic Grey Phresh & Phunky, Making Memories Simply Fabulous Brooke, American Crafts Simply Chic, Magic Scraps (can’t find a link for the paper…argh), Chatterbox Rec Room, Daisy D’s Red Wagon and Sonnets Historical: Cranberry.


Then I loaded up the kits plus approximately eight tons of stamps, rub-ons, scissors, adhesives, trimmers, ribbon and other goodies:


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And here is the album I made for a sample:




(The idea being that a CD with songs by some of the artists listed will tuck neatly into the little paper bag pocket.)

Anyway, we had a fine and awesome time, with the themes of albums produced ranging from "My World" (travels, by Lydia) to "My Soundtrack" (songs of past and present emotional importance, by Laura) to "Six Things I Love About You" (Valentine for her sweetie, by Shauna) to "Thoughts on Parenting" (by Kendi–very cool) to "Goals at Thirty" (by Amanda) to "*untitled freeform journal exploration*" (by Molly… Jones, not me) to "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (assumed title… by Alexi, age 11). Everyone left with a completed or mostly-completed project and the supplies they needed to finish or embellish further at home. Tons of fun; we’re planning to get together and do it again soon; you should get together a bunch of your friends, self-described scrapbookers or otherwise, and try it for yourselves!

N.B.: Laura made some damn fine banana-chocolate bread puddings, mmmmmm, and Trevor (after absenting himself from all the girly goings-on and coming to my house to drink Guinness with Jim) came home, sat down and started a paper bag album himself (title: "My Boo," apparently a paean to his lovely and talented wife).


About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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6 Responses to Paper bag writer

  1. Melissa says:

    That album is awesome! Do you have instructions posted anywhere?

  2. Jen says:

    Great idea! Sounds like a lot of fun : )

  3. what a super cute book!

  4. Stacy J says:

    What fun!
    I think half of our problem is the title “scrapbooker” — we just take too much teasing with that name. We’ve got to come up with something with less potential for associated images of applique and glitter [my .02] –not that I have anything against glitter.
    Women need to gather like this, connect and _________ {fill in the blank with new, more hip word for scrapbook}
    love ya!

  5. Mimi says:

    That’s so awesome!

  6. Gwyn says:

    Okay, now I love the music part of this. I think my entries would leave people scratching their heads, though.
    “Teach Your Children Well” CSNY
    “Four Seasons” Vivaldi
    Anything Toots Thielman
    Abigail Washburn, Natalie MacMaster and Natalie Merchant’s entire discographies.
    You get the idea.

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