Piano Hinge Paper Bag Book

One of my art buddies, Elizabeth, posted this tutorial on her blog and I have been anxiously waiting to make one.  Well last night I took a break from the concertina journal to try one of these books.  WOW!  This was easy peasy and the different options that you could incorporate are endless.

Here is my version.  This is the front of the journal.


Here is a view of the top.


And below is a view of the inside.


I like the simplicity of the brown bags so I chose not to put a cover on the front or back.   I have the three signatures which will give me 60 pages to art up.  I’ve decided to use this as a “glue” book which means I will be cutting out images from magazines, books, newspapers, etc and glue them onto the pages.

I have a business trip to Las Vegas coming up in a little over a week and I think I will pack this journal along with a few supplies (glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, scissors) and collect things from Vegas to put into this.  I’m thinking of images that are glitzy and over-the-top,  just like Vegas.  Should be fun.  Stay tuned for more.

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9 Responses to Piano Hinge Paper Bag Book

  1. colleen says:

    Oh I love this! I was searching for images of the inside of a piano as art, and found your blog. So much fun!

  2. This is fantastic!!! We might make these with our kids in class. Beautiful.

  3. Laura K says:

    WoW Marci very cool. You did this in an evening? Try to sneak in some fun on your business trip.

  4. Barb says:

    I love handmade journals and this is fantastic!
    Peace & Love,

  5. Marci you did it and it looks great now just putting some color or pretties on it and you will have a super book …….. Linda F

  6. Denise says:

    Missed you today, Marci! This would be a fun project for our local group… maybe a round robin or something – ? Have a safe trip to Vegas.

  7. Mary Hunt says:

    turned out great!
    have a great new year and may it be magical

  8. Christy says:

    Fabulous. I hope you find really fun and funky glitzy things to glue into your book. I might have to give one of these books a try sometime too.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Your piano hinge book turned out superb. I like how you kept it simple without the fancy fibers which I think actually goes better with the paper bags. I’m glad my tutorial was a bit of help, too.


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