Envelope Mini Album

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Do you have an overload of photos on your cell phone? Maybe from a special event or those super cute snapshots of your littles from day to day? Make Amazing DT member Patricia Roebuck (@patricia_roebuck on Instagram) created this mini that would be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift! Maybe a grandmother that lives out of state can look through each page and see her family and perhaps read up on the day from the note inside the envelope. Just an idea! Patricia shares details below.

Patricia Roebuck RG Envelope Album 2

This is not an original idea*  but ever since talking with CHA visitors to the Richard Garay Noteworthy booth about creating a mini album using the envelope die, I had to find a way to do just that.  There’s two different types of envelope albums after I did some searching.  One is constructed entirely of envelopes, including the cover.  And then there is this one that is an accordion album, and you create your own cover.

Here’s a look inside.  Each ‘envelope’ page is a perfect spot for a photo.  You could also alternate photos with journaling for each page.

Patricia Roebuck RG Envelope Album 3

You could also add more embellishing.  I like the feeling of this album in my hand flat though, so I kept this to just the photos.  You can see here that I have more photos tucked inside the pockets of each page.

Patricia Roebuck RG Envelope Album 1

My photos are printed to 4″.  I trimmed them to leave a fourth of an inch border.  The envelope size is 5.25″ and my album cover is 5.50″.  With bookbinding, of any kind, you usually want to have your cover larger than your pages to protect your inside pages.  I wasn’t sure if this project would work because I used the 6×6 paper pads which gave me a little less than a half of an inch to fold the pattern paper over the cardboard cover.  You usually want to have at least an inch or more so that your inside pages will adhere completely on top of the backside of your cover, securing those loose ends. It worked though.  With the album open, you see the pattern paper from the inside cover rather than the cardboard.

To see how to make these albums, I have a short video to share.  Instead of talking you through it, I have it sped up with music. =)

Patricia Roebuck RG Envelope Album 4

This is the album I assembled in the video.  Both of the albums using the Make Amazing Happen pattern papers will be for my daughter’s teachers. A little tip, my albums have six envelopes, creating six pages.  I found that creating an even number of envelopes for my pages helped to do the accordion fold so that each envelope pocket can be used on the front, leaving just the back with more areas to add more photos or journaling, but no pockets.  So add as many ‘envelope’ pages as you want.

Love it Patricia! A super fun way to gift someone special photos and mementos stored in the pockets! What are your thoughts? I hope her tutorial inspires you to create a mini for yourself or that special someone.

Have an amazing day!

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