Virtual Workshop!


The lowly lunch sack becomes a lovely blank journal in this new upcycled book arts class by Bel Mills. Students will learn how the unique structure of a paper bag can be leveraged to create a functional journal with layered pages and handy pockets. Students will end the class with a finished journal that makes a wonderful travel notebook, nature journal, garden journal, art journal, or smashbook. The unique and flexible binding taught in this class can also be used to turn any collection of individual folded pages or folios into a book. Beginner and intermediate students welcome. 


Note: Registration closes July 1, 2020 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Lunch Sack Journals Online; Jul 12; 12pm-4:30pm

    • Date & Time: Sunday, July 12, 12pm-4:30pm via Zoom
      (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
    • Instructor: Bel Mills
      Bel Mills is a collage artist and book designer inspired by second-hand, vintage and commonplace paper. In her Northern Virginia studio, Scrap Paper Circus, she uses old books, magazines, maps, and office supplies—among other materials—to create one-of-a-kind journals and collaged artist books. She believes in reusing old paper not only as a method, but also as a muse. As she tells her students, second-hand paper frees an artist from worrying excessively about waste and allows her to experiment and take risks without agonizing about mistakes or about ruining precious materials. She embraces accidents and rejects persnickety bookbinding dogma except when absolutely necessary; infusing her work (and her classes) with a sense of possibility, whimsy and delight. Students discover handmade books are fun to make and a joy to use. They leave with clever, personalized journals they can fill with their own experiences, rather than precious art objects that will sit on a shelf. You can find more of Bel’s work on Facebook @scrappapercircus, Instagram @scrap_paper_circus and Etsy at ScrapPaperCircus. Her business website is still under construction and can be found at
    • Materials: At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with helpful substitutions and links) to purchase supplies. The list includes:
      - 8 Lunch Sacks
      - Self-Healing Cutting Mat
      - Metal ruler
      - X-acto knife
      - Bone folder (or large marker)
      - Awl (or large needle)
      - 7 pages of neutral 8.5” x 11” cardstock
      - 3 pages of contrasting neutral 8.5” x 11” cardstock
      - 2 sheets of patterned paper that coordinate with cardstock
      - Pencil
      - Cardboard shipping box (or the back of a drawing pad)
      - PVA (or other white glue)
      - 1” Glue or craft brush
      - Double-Sided Tape
      - Scissors
      - 1 Large button
      - 20” of ribbon or yarn
      - 1 cereal box
      - Embroidery floss or other thick thread
      - Washi tape (or patterned paper and double-sided tape)
      - Old magazines, scrap paper or newsprint to protect work surface
      - Corrugated Cardstock or Leather—at least 6”x6” to serve as book spine (Optional if you don’t mind an exposed spine)
      - Grommets & Grommet Setter (Optional)

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HOURS (Starting July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday 

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