Making scrapbooks can be fun and creatively challenging, but it feels great to be finished and enjoy your masterpiece. Too bad you can’t put those cute designs and themes on something other than a page in a book. But wait – you can!
Scrapbook purses are just one of the ways to get creative with your scrapbooking talent somewhere other than paper. These aren’t heavy-duty purses but they’re great to show your team spirit at sporting events or to carry to a party. They can be fun and unusual and they’re super unique. The best part is you can make them whatever you want. Keep reading and follow the steps below to make your very own personally unique scrapbook purse for yourself or a friend.
What you need:
1) Pick out a picture-or a few-that you’d like to display on your bag.
2) Buy a paper machete bag at Hobby Lobby. These can range anywhere from $1 to $10 depending on the size and style. There are even odd shaped boxes you can use if you’d like a bag that’s extra unique.
3) Pick out the scrapbook paper you’d like your bag to be covered in. Some popular patterns are black and white, blue and brown, and pink and brown. You can use anything you’d like, but make sure you like the way it looks with the photo you picked out. Buy enough to cover the whole bag. The paper usually runs about a quarter per sheet at Hobby Lobby and you’ll need two to four sheets to complete your bag.
4) Pick out the ribbon to use for your straps or handles. You’ll need a heavy duty ribbon that will hold up the weight of the bag and its contents. You’ll need about 1 ½ to 2 yards for straps and no more than 1 yard for handles. You can also buy ready made wooden or plastic handles at most craft stores.
5) You may or may not want to use some type of trim for the top edge of your bag. Some great trims include hang beading, mini feather boa or strings of beads.
6) Pick out a framing for your photo(s). In the scrapbook supplies aisle you’ll find many types of scrapbook frames made of metal, leather or paper. Pick whatever you’d like to see framing your photo but remember it should be as flat as possible to avoid catching on something and ripping off.
7) You also need a single hole punch, stick glue, super glue, a hot glue gun and scrapbook finishing spray to seal the deal.
8) You may want hole re-enforcers for the straps and corner protectors for the bottom corners or legs for the bag to stand on.
What to do:
1) Remove any paper straps that may have come with the bags by cutting them away.
2) Coat the white side of your scrapbook paper with stick glue (you may use Elmer’s glue for a better hold but make sure to smooth it before applying paper).
3) Align the edge of the sheet with the top edge of the bag and make sure the bag is in the center of the paper.
4) Beginning at the top, apply the scrapbook paper to the bag and press down firmly all the way to the bottom of the bag. (you may use a ruler to make sure it is evenly applied)
5) Fold the edges around the end of the bag and smooth down again.
6) What is left at the bottom should be folded down on the ends first and then from the side to cover the bottom.
7) Repeat on the other side with a second sheet. (if a very large or oddly shaped bag you may have to get creative with applying the paper)
8) Allow the paper to dry on the bag and then use your hole punch to make holes for your straps to be inserted (if bag does not already have holes).
9) Insert your hole re-enforcers and attach with super glue.
10) Cut your ribbon to the desired length leaving length for a knot and cut the ends diagonally for insertion.
11) Insert the ribbon and tie off ends. Adjust until both straps are the same length.
12) Knot on inside of bag and apply super glue to knots to avoid loosening of straps. Cut off any excess ribbon.
13) Place your pictures wherever you’d like on the bag using stick glue (to avoid lumps).
14) Cut your frames to the correct length and apply using your hot glue gun. Make sure half the frame is glued to the photo and the other half to the bag itself.
15) Now is the time to add any extras you may want including trims, die-cuts, etc. You might even line the inside of the bag with a coordinating paper.
16) When you’re finished spray with scrapbook finishing spray to seal it and enjoy. You can also use the same steps to make pretty vanity storage containers and other decorative household items.