These brag books are just what you'd think. They're mini scrapbooks to show off the little ones in your life. They can easily fit in your purse and they're a definite upgrade from wallet photos.
The open ends of the lunch sacks become pockets for extra photos. So as time goes by you can always tuck more recent photos inside.
These brag books are so easy to make and are like little books of joy. They are fantastic, inexpensive gifts, especially for new moms.
Within the last 6 months, my mom and Ryan's mom, both became grandmothers for the first time. They're both enamored with their grandsons, and justifiably so, seeing as they are beyond adorable! Brag books were the perfect gift for each of them for Mother's Day.
Make Your Own Brag Book
- 3 paper lunch sacks- double-stick tape
- 8-12 photos
- 1 1/2 inch circle punch
- scrapbook paper
The following is a step-by-step to making your own brag book photo album. The amount of photos may seem excessive, but I'm a very visual person and a little snap happy. Plus, can a tutorial ever be too clear?
Start with 3 brown paper lunch sacks. Lay them out just like above.
Stack them on top of each other in the same order.
Fold paper sacks in half to create a book.
Choose a patterned cardstock and cut to fit the back of the book PLUS an additional inch or so to wrap around the other side (where the brads will go).
Wrap the cardstock around the front and trim to the desired width.
Align the cardstock cover and the paper book. Poke brads through.
Now your brag book is assembled!
Here's the back.
Now you have three pockets to pull out extra photos.
Cut out cardstock to fit the pockets. I think mine were 4 inches wide and 5 inches long.
In each pocket, place double-stick tape where the arrows are pointing.
Adding the double-stick tape will make it easier to slide the cards in and out.
Once your brag book is complete, it's time to fill it with photos, stickers, quotes, etc.
Here are some of the pages from the brag book o' Riot:
And here are some of the pages from the brag book o' Finn:
I may be the only one, but I find this funny.
They're such an amazing couple!
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