Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Paper Bag Album- Girl Scout Style

Several people have asked about the paper bag albums and what to put in them. The basic answer is anything you want to save. A summer album might have pictures of fun things you did during the summer like swimming, boating, surfing, or maybe just a backyard bbq with friends and family. Pockets hold tags with more photos, ticket stubs, pressed flowers in sealed bags, etc. You attach the photos with photo safe adhesive. Elmer's glue will eat the photos or at least make them warp and not look so nice. I have some adhesives that work really well. You can buy them on my website or contact me and order direct.


A few years ago, my scouts made their own paper bag albums. They showcased the fun things we did during the year. I brought in lots of scrap paper, foam pieces, stamps and punches. Then each girl made their album base. I punched holes and they tied them together with ribbon. All through the year I took photos and had them printed out and the girls added them to their albums. At the end of the year, each girl took home a full album with pictures of all the girls we had that year and all the fun we had. Pockets in the album contain ticket stubs, notes, autographs, info sheets, and the girl scout promise and law.

Monday, April 8, 2013


I'm excited! Sometime over the weekend, I hit 10,000 views. A couple of months back I switched my views to not include when I come to check. So it went back down. However now I have over 10,000 so I will be doing a drawing.......Comment and tell me things you'd like to see on my blog. Give me a way to contact you so I can send you a prize. I will draw a name in a week, so get your comments in by Sunday April 14th or at least by the time I'm awake on the 15th.

What is here: A pack of 6x6 prints (colors shown). Some pages were loose so I pulled them to show off the colors. It includes More Mustard which is one that is retiring.. I bought way more of these than I needed. Also a pack of felt pieces from the Sweet Pea collection. Just one of those things I saw and wanted and then never did anything with. So someone else can make use of them.

After I get 3 comments, I will add 1 more item to the goodie bag. Then I will add another item for every 2 comments after that. So 1-2 comments: get the above items, 3-5 comments get 1 other item, 8 comments, get another, etc. Maybe I can send a whole box out instead of just an envelope.

Good Luck, everyone!

Thanks for dropping by!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Reuse, Renew, Recycle.....Go!!!!

I'm participating in a Nature/Recycle craft show this year. It's the first Saturday in May and will be in Hammond, IN at the Jean Shepherd Center. So I will be using things we normally throw away or send to the recycling centers in my art projects. First thing I have photos of are one of my favorites.... paper bag albums. They're a great way to use leftover lunch bags (don't use ones that had either a banana or peanut butter inside) and scraps of designer series paper. I just pick a theme and a color scheme and start working. They're really easy, fun and addicting to make. Then I give them as gifts or offer them for sale. People who don't craft love them because all the have to do is add photos and attach whatever elements I include (card candy, ribbon, etc). They have a quick and easy album in less than an hour.

This one is a holiday themed album. I used Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla for the colors. The snowmen were from our Holiday Catalog 2012