Paper Bag Recipe Album

By  Dee Gruenig 


  • Brown paper lunch bags, two
  • Coordinating patterned papers (Karen Foster Design), several sheets
  • Cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper)
  • Posh Impressions Opaque Stampable Sticker Paper
  • Ribbons (May Arts)
  • Photos or copies


  • Posh Limited stamps (Sunday International): Vertical Inspirations Kitchen Set; Rick-Rack Border & Dotted Bow (from Retro Set); Open Book Journaling Frame
  • Alphabet stickers or stamps
  • Brown dye ink pad
  • Marvy Dee Gruenig Signature markers set (Uchida)
  • Stamping mat and scrap paper
  • Texture brush
  • Deckle-edge scissors
  • Sizzix Die Cutting Machine (Ellison)
  • Sizzix Dies (Ellison): Frames: Rectangle; Zig-Zag; Tag
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • 1. Fold two lunch bags in half. Place together in opposite directions and sew together down center fold. (Note: Sewing through paper dulls needle, so use an old needle.)
  • 2. Glue bag openings closed.
  • 3. Cut patterned papers to fit bag pages with 1/16" of bag showing around. Glue papers to pages.
  • 4. Cut frames from contrasting patterned papers.
  • 5. Trim photos to fit behind frames. Quick Tip: Silhouette-cut some to pop out of frames for added interest.
  • 6. Cut black mats 1/16" larger all around than frames for horizontal pockets. (Note: Vertical frames are too large for mats.)
  • 7. To assemble pockets, glue frames to photos and mats. Glue onto pages on three sides only, leaving outer or top edge open to form pocket.
  • 8. For zigzag pocket, cut contrasting colored cardstock to half size of colored page. Use decorative-edge scissors to trim edges or stamp rick-rack on back and cut by hand. Glue top, bottom and inside edge to form pocket.
  • 9. For fold-out that opens up pages wider, fold and glue 12"x12" paper in half; let dry. Fold paper into thirds for three 4" sections. Glue back of center section to page, leaving two side sections free to fold. When dry, attach framed photos to three inside sections and back of left foldover.
  • 10. Cut tags from black cardstock. Write or print out recipes and trim to fit pockets. Deckle cut edges and "age" by dabbing texture brush onto ink pad, then tapping color around recipe edges.
  • 11. Stamp rick rack, kitchen accessories, and alphabet squares onto sticker paper. Color images with markers. Note: Another option is to use paper squares and alphabet stickers for titles. Cut out stickers, leaving tiny white edges and adhere as desired.
  • 12. Tie one narrow ribbon (3/8" or 1/4"-wide) around stitched seam with double knot on outside. Cut 6" assorted ribbon lengths and tie in double knots close together to fill entire length of book.