Paper Bag Books: Thankful Journal

I’m excited to be offering this project as a free class at our local Mahomet Community Library next week! So if you live in Mahomet, and there are still spots left, you can sign your kids (hee hee, or yourself) up to join us!

Since we’re so close to Thanksgiving, I thought it would be nice to create a “thankful” journal. On each page of the book, I recorded something that is a blessing in my life this year. I’ll keep the journal handy this fall, and then store it with my fall decorations when they are put away to make room for Christmas. Next year when I pull my fall decorations out of storage, I can flip back and be thankful all over again for my happy thoughts from last year.

091105-paper-bag-bookHere is the quick “how to”, in case you live nowhere near Mahomet, and you want to try this one yourself at home.

Start with 2 (or more) paper bags. Fold them in half and alternate so the openings are on the left/right sides. Use a strong punch like the Crop-A-Dile to punch through all layers of the bags at one time. Use ribbon or another fastener to bind the pages together.

091105-page-paper-bag-bookThe page sizes will depend on the size of your paper bags–you can make these books with huge grocery bags, if you want!

Decorate each page, plus add an extra insert page for each of the open bag ends. For my pages, I used all Earth Elements cardstock colors from Stampin’ Up!. By sticking with a color family, I knew that everything would mix and match well.

The leaves on the pages are die-cut with my Big Shot Leaves #2 die, and the stamps were from the Autumn Harvest and True Friend stamp sets.




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Stamps: Autumn Harvest (110372), True Friend (110378)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Crop-A-Dile, Big Shot, Leaves #2 Big Shot Die, Scallop Circle Punch, Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede

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