The Soup Bowl

Tidbits about Jillibean Soup and the life behind the bowl…

Brown Paper Bag Album December 7, 2008

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Yesterday, Karen and I did make n’ takes for B&B’s 2nd anniversary celebration.  Thank you everyone who made the trip in inclement weather.  I posted this mini-book last week and said I would post instructions this week.  I left a few of the kits at B&B and they will be available for purchase for $5.00.  Also, for you bloggers who are not local, if you would like a kit, send me an e-mail. 

Here’a pic of the finished album…instructions will follow.






To make the book, simply take 2 brown paper bags (lunch bags) and lay them out in opposite directions.  Put one on top of the other and fold together.  When it’s folded this way, you will create 2 pockets on the sides – we will add paper inserts for these pockets.






Next you’ll want to add 2 holes to bind your book with ribbon.  You can use any hole punch for this.




Add the ribbon and tie into a bow or knot.




Now we’ll start putting the pages together.  The first thing I did was ink all of the edges of my paper.  This is optional.  I used black ColorBox Catseyes  (see photo below) to do this.  To “ink”, I dab the ink pad down the edge of the paper.






Next, I ripped the edges (both edges) of the Black Bean paper.  This will be used on the front page and page 5 for the Sprout pocket.  If you do not have a tearing strip, you can rip by hand.  I recommend that you pull the paper towards your body while ripping. 




Next, you’ll add the Chopped Onion paper.  Then you’ll add your torn Black Bean paper as shown in the photo.  The scalloped title comes next. 




I added the red scallop first, then the star-Journaling Sprout (a package of red Sprouts are included with the kit).  Next comes the black scallop and the titles “Life’s Joy”.  The “Life’s” was made using the Dymo label maker and the “Joy” was cut with the “Opposites Attract” Cricut cartridge.  I also added some snowflakes throughout.  I used Martha Stewart’s snowflake punch for these.   Please note…all of these items are included in the kit.




Pages 2 and 3…add the Chopped Celery paper first.  Next, I added a mini brown bag for a pocket. I covered this with a little bit of JB Soup black polka ribbon, another Journaling Sprout and another snowflake.  The 2nd page can be used for adding photos.




Pages 4 and 5 are similar to the last page.  Add the Chopped Onion paper to page 5.  Then to create a pocket for the Sprout, I added the torn Black Bean paper and only used adhesive on the outsides and bottom of the paper.  This will create a pocket for the Sprout.  Add a snowflake to the Sprout.





Pages 6 and 7 have a small piece of the Pinch of Garlic Salt paper on page 6 with a black scallop and snowflake.  Photos can be added to the rest of the page.




The back of the book has Chopped Celery on it.


In addition to the pages, I added some inserts to the pockets. 






I used the Pinch of Garlic Salt paper and added a large red scallop for the tab – I added 2 of these for the 2 pockets.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!


I also said I would be doing a giveaway if I had extra kits.  Soooo, how about another giveaway to include: the kit, the snowflake punch, some bling and a Dymo label maker (everyone needs one of these :)).

All you have to do is post a comment about snow – whether you like it, don’t like it or some other funny story. will pick the winner on Wednesday at 9:00pm EST. 

Good Luck!



Need some ideas???

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Hello All!


I told you in the last post that I had good intentions of doing a “12 days of Christmas” or some other craft/christmas/gift thing in December.  Well, I just didn’t get a good enough jump on it and here it is December 6th.  Soooo,  how about I direct you to other goodies?  I apologize if you are a serious blogger and have seen all of this stuff already. :-{


Check out these cute gumdrop suckers from Martha Stewart!    Or make your own wrapping paper…



You can get more ideas from Martha here


I’m thinking some kraft wrapping paper with stamped snowflakes on it and a Journaling Sprout for the tag would be the bomb!!  Ha!


Look here to make your own custom M&M’s.


Look here to create your own word search.  Leah would think this was cool..she would think it’s fun to find her family member’s names.


Check out these cute gift card holders from Jennifer McGuire.


How about this beautiful gift card holder ….


white holder with red bow


Here are the instructions from Better Homes and Gardens.


Check out these fun decorating ideas from Hostess with the Mostess.


Do you still need to make your Christmas Cards?  Check out these cards from Hero Arts.


Or you can check out these cards from Chloe Danz.  Love the chocolately Christmas!


How about buying one of these Celebrity Cards for Charity.


Blossoming Cheer Folded Holiday Greeting Cards

Heartfelt Holiday Folded Holiday Greeting Cards

Radiant Rudolph Folded Holiday Greeting Cards


Tiny Prints  also has a great selection of Holiday photo cards.  Check them out!


Have a great night everyone!  More to come soon!