glitz design: gift bag mini book tutorial

this is a little tutorial that i'm sharing on the glitz blog today!!  it's so fun that i wanted to share it here too!!  do you have any gift bags sitting around your house that are too pretty to throw away?  i'm a little bit of a hoarder when it comes to pretty the bag below!!


Hi Glitz fans!  I'm here with you today to share a quick tutorial of how to turn a gift bag into a mini album!!  I love mini albums and I'm always looking for fun and unique ways to use the products I have.  

I've been saving this bag since Christmas for something fun.  I wasn't sure how I was going to use it, but I just love the color and pattern and I couldn't bring myself to throw it away.

When I was thinking about our "gold week" here at Glitz, I knew I wanted to use this bag.  I thought about using it on a layout to hold my pictures and journaling, but then, as I was looking at the bag, I realized it would make the perfect mini book.

I started by cutting the sides off of the bag and then laying it flat.  This bag has a wide base at the bottom, so I used adhesive to glue the back of the bag together.  I used the natural fold of the bag as my guide.

I measured the bag and trimmed a few pieces of white card stock to use as the base of my pages.  To continue with the gold theme, I painted and misted some of the pages.

I also embossed the triangle stamp from the Raven Stamp Tin and the tiny stars stamp from the Wild & Free Stamp Tin onto my background papers to create a fun shimmery effect.

After my pages were dry, I sew the middle pages directly into my "bag" book.  You could easily staple the middle, add a ribbon, or hand sew your pages together if you don't have a sewing machine!  

Then it was time for my favorite part: adding pretty pictures, gorgeous Glitz papers and fun embellishments!!

Here's a look at my finished "bag" mini book!


  1. This is gorgeous! I love the idea of using a gift bag as a cover - your pretty mini books always inspire me!

  2. This is brilliant! Of course your minis are always stunning but the bag, off the charts:o)

  3. You did such a FAB job with this tutorial Stephanie!! We are so grateful to have you on the Glitz are amazing girl!!

  4. This is super super cute! Love it!

  5. OMG! This is so darn cute! Love, Love this!