Tutorial | Paperbag Mini Album | Abigail Collection

The latest digital collection from Nitwit Collections is absolutely gorgeous – if you love the look of french shabby chic, or even a fan of Cath Kidston, then this collection is for you!


I always adore the extra embellishments in the kits, but not so much the fussy cutting! Last week my printer stopped working, so while I was ordering a new one (I can now print large formats) I also treated myself to the Cricut Explore Air 2…and I am so glad I did! This pretty little machine (I got the mint one) cut everything out and was so much quicker than by hand. Nitwit Collections have a tutorial on their YouTube channel on how to do this and you can watch it HERE. You also get a larger print and cut area with the new Cricut Design Space.

I ordered mine from Hobbycraft and when you join their free club, you can claim 15% off your first purchase (including the Cricut Explore Air 2). They will also send you a £5 voucher on your birthday, along with other exclusive offers throughout the year. Links are down below and they have the Cricut available in mint, and blue.

I used white paper lunch bags (with the handles removed) to make the pages of the album. There are 2 styles of pages and I show you exactly how to make the album from start to finish in the tutorial down below.

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Helen Xx

Cutting Guide
Front and back cover – 7.25″x 5″ (x2)
Spine – 7.25″x 2″

Binding (Stack the deck by Laura Dennison)
7″x 2.5″
7″x 2″
7″x 1.75″
7″x 1.5″
Score 0.5 from both sides to make the binding flaps

Trim paper bags to just under 7.75″ (x6)

Page Mats
6.75″ x 4 5/8″ (x12)
6.75″ x 2.75″ (x12)
6.75″ x 2.5″ (x4)

Outside Cover Mats
5″x 7″ (x2)
Spine wrap – 7″x 4″

Inside Cover Mats
5″x 7″ (x2)

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  1. Helen, I love all of your tutorials and your taste in art and design. I made the last paper bag album you showed! It was fun! (I noticed for the first brown paper bag project that you used a glossy paper instead of matte as this one was. Do you have a preference when using the lovely Nitwit designs which you like best for an album, the matte or the gloss paper?) But my most important question: I just must find out what kind of new printer you bought that takes that hp professional paper 120. Could you tell me what kind of printer you used for this project??? I don’t want to buy a new printer without hearing what you just used. Thank you, Helen!

  2. This is a beautiful collection from Nitwit and I love how it looks on your album. So happy you got a Cricut Explore to cut your collections with, so much easier than fussy cutting. I love my Cricut Explore. Your album turned out stunning! I hope you will consider showing it with pictures in it too but understand if you wouldn’t want to as well. Hugs, Brenda

  3. Hi Helen. I love all of your tutorials! I’ve made quite a few of your projects. Thank you so much for sharing. Will your Cricut Explore Air 2 just cut out pictures or a stamped image also? I want to get a machine that will cut out images without having to buy the thinlit or framelits. Thank you for always having fun projects to CASE!

    • Hi Elizabeth, You can download from Nitwit Collections from anywhere in the world. They use PayPal as payment method – you can pay by card by this method without having a PayPal account. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. Hi Gelen great tutorial. I was wondering if there was any reason you used the bags with handles! The same company has some without handles same gsm. As I live in Grance these are a lot cheaper.

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