Hallowe’en in Wonderland

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Halloween is quickly approaching and most of us will be taking plenty of photos of adorable, costumed children. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have lots of photos and it’s so hard to let any go. After scrapbooking a few of your favorites, try creating a mini book or two to share with grandparents, aunts and uncles or best friends.

This paper bag book is the perfect showcase for those extra photos. It was created using five standard lunch bags and Graphic 45 coordinating papers from the Hallowe’en in Wonderland collection. This style of paper bag book is called a flap paper bag book. This flap style creates larger pages which allows the use of standard 4-by-6 -inch photos. Smaller photos or journaling fits perfectly on the mini pages created from the flaps of the lunch bags.

Additional photos can be added to removable pages made from black cardstock that slide into the lunch bag openings; decorate the pages with stickers and ribbons and add tabs for easy pull-outs.

I added a bit of ‘punch’ to the cover of this book by cutting the Mad Hatter from the paper using my Honey Bee detail scissors. The Mad Hatter is then glued to black cardstock and cut out again with the detail scissors then glued once more to black cardstock and cut again (three layers). This gives the piece much more stability so it can withstand the amount of handling it will most likely receive – everyone will want to open this book! He is given a lift with the addition of black dimensional foam mounting squares. The final bag is then adhered and wrapped around to the front of the book making a flap that wraps to the front. I added a faux timepiece created from a Tim Holtz Tile and a watch face cut from the paper; added a Tim Holtz swivel clasp and a hitch fastener for the closure.

These little mini-book projects are so much fun to make because they come together quickly and make great gifts. I can’t wait to fill this book with photos of scrary little costumed children!