Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tutorial for mini album made with envelopes

YES! It's happening! A long overdue tutorial is here:) 
I want to share how to make an easy mini album made with envelopes.
Here's the first one I made, where I used old American Crafts paper.

For this one I was lazy and didn't even use the pockets- which is the whole idea with using envelopes.

 Here's another one I made, which turned out a bit more fun:

I used the pockets for pullouts with additional photos and journaling.

This is what you need to make a mini album like this;

  • envelopes
  • patterned paper
  • trimmer
  • adhesive
  • ink(optional)
  • hole puncher
  • metal rings or ribbons to hold the album together
  • embellishments
 Here we go:

Use any size or color envelopes.Whatever you have laying around at home. It's totally up to you how big you want your album to be. Some envelopes has the flaps one the side and some on top. Either one works.

Start with cutting off the flaps.

Some envelopes are really thin so then I will actually glue two of them together for more stability.
When you choose your papers for your mini, don't butcher your latest paper kit you just bought!! Mini albums are perfect to use for all those scraps or at least use some of that old paper you had for years.

Measure your patterned paper to cover the envelopes and make sure when you adhere it that you DON'T glue the part for the opening!

When you have covered all the envelopes front and back, you might need to trim some edges off.
For a more finished look, ink all the sides of the papers.

I use my "Big Bite", but any hole puncher works. I just eyeball where to punch the holes, but there's nothing wrong with measuring;)
Punch the first page and then use that page as a template for the rest.

And this is how it looks now.

What's left is just to add photos and decorate which I'm gonna go and do right now.
I'll be back to show the finished album tomorrow.

Hey, if you like this, you can always pin it...

See you tomorrow!
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Jean said...

This is so cute!!

Svjetlana said...

Gorgeous mini books and fabulous tutorial.

Buffy Esser said...

I love this idea for a mini book,thank you for sharing!you make it easy to follow.

April said...

This is awesome Helen!

Independent Scentsy Consultant Terri Smith said...

I love this! I've used manila envelopes in the past but haven't tried this.

Kikka Kainu-Lehto said...

Lovely albums You have made. Pretty and full of joy.