Doug, if you are reading this, or at flickr.. stop now. You are going to ruin your suprise!! LOL
- 3 paper bags. Mine are smallish that came in a kit from last year.
measurements are 6 3/4 x 3 1/2
- pattern paper (I used Sassafras Lass, Around the Block, & Ki Memories)
- ink and stapler
- embellishments of your choice
- cardstock cut 6 x 3 1/4 (6 of these or more if you want!)
- brads & ribbon
- glimmer mist
- adhesive of choice (I use Scotch ATG gun)
- --you can click on any of the photos that are cut off, to see them full size at flickr
When I first started getting the bags ready for decorating, I was spraying the glimmer mist on the bags, drying them with my heat tool, and the flipping. (Which is the first step. Spray the glimer mist on the bags, holding it 6-8 inches away from the bag. Make sure you have scraps of paper, or newspaper underneath to catch the misting.)
I sped up the drying process by using my heat tool. Using that it probably saved me 15 minutes or so.
Now, decorate the bags. I cut my pattern paper 5 1/2 x 3, sometimes adding matting or cute little borders before gluing it to the bag. You could also add machine stitching as nice touch.
Here are mine decorated:
Time to put them together. Grab the bottoms (the opposite end of the bag opening) and fold together. Do this for all three bags. Stack them in the order of your choosing.
Grab the inside flaps and pinch together, leaving one flap open in the front, and the back.
Now staple. I used two.
Now you are left with those flaps. Grab some ribbon and adhesive. Put a couple lines of adhesive down on the flap. Now, grab your ribbon. I used 2 inch pieces of ribbon and laid them down on the adhesive. You can also layer flowers to hang off the edge a bit if you want.
Once you're done putting your ribbon on, place more adhesive over the top, and push down to adhere the flap to the stapled piece. Do this for the front, and back flap.
This accomplishes two things.
- Hides the ugly blue staples (haha)
- and lets you add beautiful ribbon easily.
Now, to the coupons.
Grab your cardstock, ink it, bling it, whatever.
Write your messages of love on there.
Here's a sample one.
I didn't bother making them look too fancy. Punch a hole in there, add ribbon and a brad, and my message.. viola! done. I figure once they are redeemed, they'll just be thrown away anyways... and Doug will still have his mini album of us :)
Once you've decorated them all, slip them in the front of the bag. I put two in each bag.
One facing the front, the other facing the other side when you turn the page.
Now, decorate and add photos to the inside of the album. (I still need to finish this part)
Here's my front and back now.
Let me know if you make one!