Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gingersnap Creations: TEA BAG TEMPLATE

I wanted to do something a bit different with the tea bag template. AND I wanted to make a Valentine gift for my mom. The original template is posted here. I bumped up the size of the tea bag template just a bit and made a mini album with some pictures I took at Christmas. The mini album is titled GG's BB (Great Grandma's Brag Book).

Stamps: Stampin Up! NOTABLY ORNATE
Paper: River Rock
Ink: River Rock, Archival Coffee
Accessories: glitter letters, Prima rose, Basic Grey magnet, Scrapper's Floss

I increased the size of the template just a enough to hold 4x4 pictures. The width is 4.5" (not 3.5" ) and the length is 12" (scored at 5", 5.5", 6", and 11").

I used magnets on the inside flaps.

I cut 3 sets of pages 4" x 9.5" and scored in the middle. This gave me 6 pages for pictures. I used my paper piercer to make holes in the center at 3/4", 2", and 3 1/4". I placed the pages inside the tea bag and punched again.

I used scrapper's floss as binding thread. It's a simple figure eight. The ends of the floss come from the inside to the outside - end and center holes. The thread from the center goes into the other side and out through the middle again.

Then the threads are pulled tight.

And a knot is tied near the outside center. There's a photo section in each tea bag valley.

I picked some of my favorite pictures from our Christmas trip to meet Julian and used Photoshop to make them sepia toned. I printed 4" x 6" but trimmed them down to 4" x 4".

I left pages blank for future additions...

..and included a picture of all the family members. (Here's my nephew, Adam, who finally out grew Grandma).

If you'd like to play along with the Gingers, you have a MONTH to post your interpretation of the TEA BAG TEMPLATE on the Gingersnap Creation's post. Be sure to stop by here and leave me a link to your creation too!

See you next week!


  1. This is beautiful and a great idea. You are so crafty! I love everything you do. I'm sure your Mom will love it.

  2. Wow, what a lot of work went into that! Lovely as always.

  3. Deb, this is a great idea and it looks very beautiful. I´m sure your mom will love it.

  4. A wonderful idea. The little book is fabulous.

  5. Terrific idea and its fab. Annette x

  6. Wow Deb, that is really, really pretty! Colors are gorgeous and the construction is so cool.

  7. Oh so awesome! I'm sure Gram will put it to good use!

  8. I love the idea of the little scrapbook! So clever!

  9. Wow, this is really gorgeous, Deb! Thanks for the all the photos...I would love to try this! (I'll bet she loves it!)

  10. What a great idea! Gorgeous tea bag album!

  11. That is a very nice gift for your Mom.
    Great idea to enlarge the template to make an album.

  12. Truly beautiful! I just love how you took the template and just ran with it! Awesome album!

  13. Very clever indeed to make a GG BB out of the template! luv it