1. Start off with 3 paper bags. There are generally two sizes but I prefer the largers ones. Folded they will be approximately 6" x 6". Alternate the bags and fold in half. I use a 3-ring punch to punch the holes about 1/4" from the fold.
2. Theme: I've made bags celebrating Mom, Halloween, Birthdays, Weddings, Baby, Recipes--just about anything! They are also a great personalized album to give to a child to keep their own photos.
3. I adhere all of my background cardstock/paper first. I measure the size of the folded paper bags and crop my paper to those specifications and adhere. I then go through the "inside" pages and add embellishments, ribbon, quotes and photo mats. The front of the album I save for last and the back I only use cardstock.
4. Make use of the openings of the paper bags! I use them to tuck journaling tags, extra photo mats and recipe cards.