Before & After : Paper Bag Gluebook Goodness

This week-end I finally finished up a paper bag gluebook I started this summer for my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-workshop over at 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.  It’s been in a decreasing pile of “gluebooks in progress” patiently waiting to be done:

For these gluebook pages, I used some of Tracy’s dictionary pages from her paper stash (thank you!), distressed ink, bits of Tim Holtz’s lost and found paper, a little hand stitching , and images from an old photo stock catalog that I discovered.


These are the “before” photos of how I created this paper bag gluebook:

A paper bag gluebook can be easily and inexpensively made using lunch bags or even recycling large paper grocery bags.  The photos above for my gluebook use three lunch size bags. After cutting off the flaps along the bottom of each bag, simply stack and fold them in half. Removing the flaps creates neat pockets for stashing and holding notes, collage pieces, or other keepsakes you’d like to discreetly make part of your gluebook.  You can determine the number of pages you want to have in your gluebook by how many paper bags you choose to use.

Then, to keep it simple, you can two punch holes at the top and bottom of the folded side, then tie with yarn, string, or fabric.

Here is another paper bag journal idea and technique using grocery bags from Judy Wise’s blog. Enjoy!


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Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP: Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, TLC Certified Trauma Practitioner, Art Therapy Community Organizer, Artist...

One thought on “Before & After : Paper Bag Gluebook Goodness”

  1. Hey Gretchen, I like your reminder (unspoken but implicit) that those projects in waiting do not have a deadline–I think we can return, months later with fresh inspiration to add to them. Love the shots of the gluebook with open pages–so rich.

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