Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Wild Joys Of Living

Evelyn Spikes created this elegant book from simple, brown, paper lunch bags.  With her easy to follow photo tutorial, you can make one too!

11. Complete book with ribbon (Medium)

Gather these supplies:

2 paper lunch bags

2 each of 4 coordinating double-sided papers 5 5/16” square

Extra pieces of the ‘back’ of patterned papers…if solid colors.

Coordinating solid colored cardstock for some matting

Image and sentiment stamps (a theme is always nice!)

Adhesive of choice

O’So Sticky in sheets

Ultrafine clear micro beads

Hole punch…one that will go through several sheets of paper. (I

used the old-fashioned one that requires a hammer!)

Cord to tie pages together

Ribbon or fiber for looks

Gather up your supplies!

1. Collect materials and supplies

  How To Do It

1.  Fold bags in half and insert one inside the other with thickest part on opposite ends.

2.  Adhere cover pieces to front and back of outside bag.

2. Start applying papers to bag

3.  Working with the pages in book form, adhere patterned papers to cover the surfaces. (Where the bag ‘pleats,’ you can decide whether or not to glue those pieces together, as well.)

3. Complete covering bag surfaces4.  Add adhesive at tops and bottoms where needed.

4. Papers covering bag

5.  Measure and punch 3 holes through the ‘spine’ of the book.

5. Punch holes in spine

6.  Tie tightly with cord to hold the book together.

6. Tie book together

7.  Stamp images and sentiments according to your choices.

7. Choose and stamp images

8.  Cut and apply O’So to stamped images and/or sentiments; cover in ultrafine beads

9.  Adhere beaded images and sentiments to pages as desired.

10. Cut ribbon or fiber to tie into the back of the book.


Inside Views Of The Book

12. Inside of completed book    8. Bead images and mat on  first spread 9. Second spread 10. Third spread

11. Complete book with ribbon (Medium)

Stamp credits in order of use: Wordsworth, Impression Obsession, Paperbag Studios, Hero Arts, Penny Black, Eclectic Omnibus, Inky Antics, Paperbag Studios


  1. Awesome project Evelyn. Thanks for the pictorial, now to just find some time. Dar

  2. Love it Evelyn! Would guess that is a brown lunch bag! Thanks for the tuitioral!!

  3. Evelyn,

    Beautiful! I especially love the papers you used!


  4. Great Project! This was the very first project I ever made way back when, minus the microbeads, as I didn't know of them yet!!! But i do now!

  5. Just beautiful Evelyn, I love the pussy willow paper, it all works so well together

  6. Evelyn,
    Your book is Gorgeous. I bet those microbeads on top of the images are awesome in real life, Great texture idea! Wonderful job on the tutorial too, easy to understand!


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