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Mother’s Day Paper Bag Album

Welcome to the May Arts blog!  We’re super excited to partner with Authentique this week to bring you some ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day.   I took a little detour from the traditional sewn paper bags albums (you can find many tutorials online for this type of album) and created one using my Bind it All and the amazing papers from the Authentique Gathering line and May Arts Ribbons.

Authentique’s gorgeous double-sided papers, tags and letters make it easy to combine patterns for beautifully coordinated projects.

I decided to create a 5” x 5 ½” album with chipboard covers and paper bag pockets as the inside pages.  I simply cut the paper bags in two, and used just the top section for my pages.  I used a bit of strong tape to in the gusset to narrow the openings. 

The cover features Authentique “flourish” paper and May Arts Crochet Velvet Ribbon.  The word Authentique was actually cut from the logo on the page edge and sponged with a bit of brown ink for depth.   

The inside cover features a tree I cut with a Memory Box die called Arboscello Tree.  I thought it looked like a family tree…perfect for the word panels from the Authentique “noteables” selection.  I love the proverb printed on the page edge so I cut it out and used it.  It reads, “A family in harmony will prosper in everything.”  A metal charm from my collection finishes the page.

The left page features lush May Arts Velvet Ribbon in Dark Brown.  I pleated a scrap piece of May Arts Cotton Crochet Lace, a felt butterfly and a sweet little bird tag from Authentique  “icons” for the right side page.
The tag on this page is Authentique “headlines”.   Super simple!  I just punched it out and added some of the May Arts Dark Brown velvet.   A silver clip holds it in place.    
Last, but not least a bit of zigzag stitching, a button and more Authentique “icons” tags finish the inside pages and back cover.

Now that you’ve seen the outside pages, here’s a peek at the pull outs hidden in each paper bag pocket. These are perfect places for Mom to add more special photos and mementos of special memories.

May Arts Burlap String in dark brown and natural tie up my buttons.

Thanks for joining us on the May Arts blog!   I hope you’re inspired this week to start thinking of ways to craft your way into Mom’s heart this Mother’s Day with Authentique and May Arts Ribbon!  Be sure to head over the Authentique blog to see what their team has created for your inspiration.

Blog post by: Chalene Driggs



  1. jen shears

    Wow! What an amazing album!!!

  2. Karen McAlpine

    Oh my!  This book is just lovely!!!  I am getting so inspired by all the projects during the blog hop!

  3. Trudi Wilbur

    Loooove this!  Gorgeous paper and album!

  4. Cheryl W

    This album is gorgeous! So many great ideas all in one project.

  5. KellyG

    So cute, love it!

  6. Sue D

    Lovely mini album–love the papers and ribbons and how you used the word Authentique on the cover.

  7. Melinda Wilson

    I love this really cute paper bag album. I am bookmarking this to make me one!

  8. Helen LeBrett

    Charlene,  What an amazing book!!  I love the ribbons, the words and tags, and the binding.  The whole thing looks so wonderful!!   It looks so fun to create:  I'll bet you had a great time doing it 🙂

  9. Kristie Maynard

    What a beautiful album.  Never thought of making a bag book and binding it with my Bind it all!  Genius!

  10. Emily h

    This is amazing!  I am sure whoever receives this will just love it!

  11. nWFlamingo

    What a great looking album!

  12. Sue Kment

    Lovely Charlene…looks like you really enjoyed using all those pretty papers!

  13. Marilyn Nimmo

    LOVE this take on the paper bag album….might have to give it a try.  LOVE it!

  14. Ashley N Newell

    This is gorgeous!  I love the colors!

  15. Bethany Becker

    What a gorgeous album!  Thanks for sharing!

  16. Pendra

    This is so gorgeous… love this paper!  I would love to be gifted this for Mother's Day!  Just gorgeous!!

  17. Kimberly

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Now I'm glad I bought these papers when I did and haven't used them yet! lol
    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I love it!

  18. Sharon Gullikson

    If my daughter spent the time and effort, and used such gorgeous supplies, I'm sure I'd cry. It is so beautiful–every single page.

  19. beatrice lawson

    Love the pretty album, what a gorgeous collection!

  20. Jessica Toulmin

    Absolutely love the colours of this album. I love everything about it actually, the colours, how it is embellished, and how you can include more *bits n pieces* in the pockets.

  21. Becky D

    Absolutely gorgeous Charlene!  I love the colors in the Gathering collection!  The ribbons you used are just beautiful!

  22. Kelly Malacko


  23. Holly E

    I love the color choices on this ablum!

  24. Christine Dring

    Beautifully done Chalene!

  25. Flo

    Very pretty album, I love these papers. What a great gift for mothers day.

  26. Karen L K

    Wow I love this album. The Authentique papers are great and of course the May Arts ribbon that goes so well with it. Very nice!!!

  27. Marsha F

    Beautiful!  I love the paper & ribbon!

  28. Virginia Ogg

    Very cute.  Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic paper and ribbon.

  29. conniemelancon

    This is beautiful!! I love the colors in that paper!

  30. Lisa P

    So very cute. I love the colors on this. fabulous.

  31. Karen aka Soccerboyzmom

    Wow, this is lovely and the paper is wonderful and lucious.,

  32. Miriam Prantner

    I love this mini! Papers are gorgeous and I love the tags and all the pages. Thanks for all the photos!

  33. Amanda Coleman

    The Gathering collection is so perfect for this mini!  I love the details you added!

  34. Karla

    Great collection! Love the crochet trim with these papers 🙂

  35. Amy Jones

    Love your mini.  It is Beautiful.  

  36. Michele D

    Amazing album, thanks so much for sharing!

  37. B. Poteraj

    The brown, aqua and orange is so wonderful together. I love this little book.

  38. Julie Shearer

    Wow !!  So pretty. Any mom would love to get this for Mothers Day. thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.


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