I was surfing and saw this video at the Following the Paper Trail blog. Laura does a wonderful tutorial on a different type of paper bag book. I was surfing because I was looking for some gift ideas for Christmas and her how to video gave me the idea for the mini book I made for the best friend. Becky and I have been best friends since high school. When the idea came to me I wanted to be able to document our lives at different points over the last 35 years. They would be events of significance and obviously ones of both of us for which I had pictures that I could use for the book. This is the front of the book. Becky loves sunflowers so I chose papers from a pad of K&Company papers I had. Susan Winget is the designer and the paper pack was Spring Blossom. One of the pages had a bike on it with a basket of flowers where the predominant flowers were sunflowers, just what Becky likes. By the time I cut down the paper you mostly can just see the basket in the lower left corner and the flowers that cover the front and spine. I used a matching green leaf patterned paper for the back that coordinated with the background behind the flowers. I used some Tim Holtz distressed inks to ink up the edges of the pages and give them that shabby chic look. In the spine I put a grommet to thread through the chain and charms that I added.