Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mini Wine Bag Album With RRR

Hello, crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a great idea for creating mini albums bound with Really Reasonable Ribbons.  We've all heard of making paper bag albums; but have you ever tried using wine bags?  Next time you (don't) visit the liquor store, kindly ask for a few extra bags.  They're always VERY accommodating.  These bags are longer than your ordinary lunch bags, ad they make awesome paper bag albums.  I took three wine bags, folded them in half, decorated them with patterned papers and embellishments, and then used my Zutter binding machine to bind the edges.  You can also punch holes in the bags and run ribbons through the holes to bind your albums.  It's easy, fun, and inexpensive......which we all love!
Once my edges were bound, I tied several sweet ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon on the wire loops of my binding including the super sweet Pink Aster Seam Binding, Light Blue Plaid Gingham Ribbon, and Helen White Crochet Lace.  Here is a closer picture of the binding from the front view:
Because I used three wine bags, that gives me a total of six pages.  My photos show the pages in order from the cover (at the top) to the back cover - way down at the bottom of this post.  Sorry, it's a long post with LOTS of pictures, so please bear with me.
The sweet little Nursery Rhyme cards I used throughout this mini album are a 12x12 patterned paper sheet from Carte Bella's Baby Mine collection.  Most Hobby Lobby locations carry this set in a 12x12 package with all the papers, stickers, etc., and you can always use a coupon to purchase this adorable set.  I've made LOTS of baby cards and mini alums with it.  Cute stuff!
One thing I love about making mini albums out of these paper wine bags is that there are all the built-in pockets, great places for journaling, adding photos, and such.  You can see that I also added some little sticker tabs for adding names and dates here and there.  Ribbons are a great way to add pull-tabs to your pocket inserts.
This page (above) has an old piece of Making Memories patterned paper worked in, as does the Little Bo Peep page.  I love having pages that are big enough for adding photos.  I always suggest to people that the photos that you can't fit onto the pages, you can simply tuck into the flaps/pockets for safe-keeping.  That way, the journaling will all be there with the photos.
You may also notice that when you use paper bags or wine bags for your mini albums, you will have these terrific built-in pockets where the bags open.  I used these sweet openings to tuck in photo cards made from ivory cardstock.  You will see that some of these tabs have a wide ribbon attached to them so that they can be easily pulled out of the pocket.  I used Really Reasonable Ribbon's super sweet Natural Burlap Ribbon With Pink and White Wired-Edge for these tabs.  Because it's such a nice wide ribbon, it makes a great pull tab.  This beautiful, wide ribbon comes in several lovely colors.
This page (above) has half of a Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily on the side.  There is absolutely no end to the ways you can embellish these sweet little mini albums.  Really Reasonable Ribbon also has lots of sweet Decorative Bags that can be used for creating mini albums.

I really hope that you will give this fun mini album a try using wine bags instead of paper lunch bags.  This gives you a larger area for adding photos, journaling cards, and of course....RIBBONS!
Treat yourself to some of these gorgeous trims, and then come play along in our current challenge.  We look forward to seeing what you will create next.  Our challenges are open to EVERYONE.  Our only major requirements for playing along at Really Reasonable Ribbon are USING RIBBON on your projects, and having fun!  Really Reasonable Ribbon has everything you need to adorn your projects with the sweetest ribbons, trims and flowers.  Thanks for stopping by today.

By the way, there's a fantastic Three-Day sale going on NOW at Really Reasonable Ribbon, so it's a great time to order if you're looking for some fabulous new ribbons and trims!

Have a blessed week,

I'm sharing my mini album here:
A Muse Studio - Amusing Challenge - Hearts!  I used a Martha Stewart HEART border punch, and you can see this best in the first two photos at the top of this post

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart!  I used a Martha Stewart HEART border punch, and you can see this best in the first two photos at the top of this post


  1. I love all the beautiful detailing in your album, especially the vintage imagery. The use of a wine bags is brilliant too, since it gave you a larger work surface. Blessings, my friend!

  2. This is just gorgeous,love the images and fab

  3. Wow! Stunning Karen! I love the way you used the bags, they don't even look like bags!

  4. WOW Karen what a brilliant, beautiful way to recycle bags, absolutely fantastic design work with the ribbons and the lovely detail on the inside, excellent project.
    lorraine x

  5. great job as always Karen I see you used one of my all time favorite ribbons the blue and white gingum. great job

  6. Karen, Karen , Karen...gorgeous ribbons & who would have thought to use wine bags for such a great idea ! great recycling, never would have imagined to try something as great as you pulled it off !!

  7. Your creations are always so nice, Karen. Thanks for following my blog. That's very sweet of you and it was a nice compliment. I am now following your wonderful creations.

  8. Love LOVE L O V E the Mini Album!!!
    The RIBBONS really Make it P O P !!!

  9. Hi Karen! I just followed! Thanks for finding me through PICTURE THIS! I really appreciate your following and what you had to say-THE NICEST comment! Your wine bag album is so creative and beautiful-love the ribbons! Are you on at all? I do a lot of challenges there for the past few years Well, thanks again and I WILL see you around now!

  10. Oh Karen this is so pretty - love all your special touches throughout.

  11. What a wonderful project, Karen! Love all the ribbons!

  12. oh wow! look at this awesome mini book!!! thank you for playing a long with us at simon says wednesday challenge!!