Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My Envelope Album

I'm so happy because I can finally post pictures of my two birthday gift albums. I made one for each of my sisters for their birthday. I so loved this project. I got my inspiration for this from Lynn Schultz (another of my RubberQueen side-lines). She saw it at the Stampin' Up London Regionals (Canada). I loved her sample immediately when I saw it at our last meeting, so figured out the measurements and created my own versions. My sisters really loved theirs, especially their antique pictures (my childhood pictures aren't antique yet -- LOL). I'm sure I will be getting some flack about that statement!.

These are made using three #10 envelopes inside for the pockets and covering them with SU Designer Series Paper (DSP). Seal your envelopes and cut one at 8 1/2", one at 7 1/2", and the last one at 6 1/2". One 8 1/2" x 11" piece of SU cardstock is use for the base (wrap). Cut 3 pieces of 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" card stock to fold in half (I scalloped both edges) and glue to adhere the largest pocket to base and the bottoms of the other two pockets on top of that to hold them together. Finally, I used a 2 1/2" x 12" piece of DSP for the belly band to hold the album closed. Another tip: if you choose to scallop punch the tops of the pockets, do so before you glue your DSP on as it is a little too thick for the punch if you try to punch both the envelope and DSP together (ask me how I know). Decorate as you please. Isn't that the easiest thing to make.

Here are my two finished envelope albums. On the first one, I used Raspberry Tart DSP & the Dream a Little hostess stamp set. I used the Stained Glass technique for the flower image on front. I didn't upload all the envelope pockets or any of the pictures inside the pockets. (I forgot to take pictures before I mailed!!) You can see I have used many SU accessories. Some include: Big Shot Lots of Tags Sizzlits and Embosslits Dies; Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (with DSP covered with Crystal Effects and heat embossed in retired Pretty in Pink embossing powder with Pretties pearls & beads threaded through retired SU wire); all the envelope pockets use Many Happy Returns stamp sentiment punched out with word punch & adhered to the tag die; and also eyelets, brads, rub-ons, and our new Fleurettes. It took me longer to figure out/find my accessories than making the album. I love using my accessories!!

For my second envelope album (much easier now that I had my measurements/layouts down pat), I used the Bella Rose DSP and the Echoes of Kindness Hostess set for the stained glass front panel image. I tried to keep the layout the same, using a different version of most of the same accessories. For example, on the last page of the album I used the circle holder Hodgepodge Hardware and added the Pretties pearls, spacer, & beads to the bottom hole as I couldn't cut this off and still keep the oval look. I wish SU still sold their wire as I loved using this with my Pretties pearls (first time for me using the wire that I bought over 2 years ago). I wish the picture was a little better because I like how I was able to loop the end piece around and put it back through the whole in the bead.

You can barely see the wire and Pretties in this picture, so I blew up the picture. Too much light in this (yah, I need to learn how to use my camera -- along with all the other electronic gadgets I own!).

Hope you enjoyed this new project as much as I did, it is now one of my very favorites for a mini album.


  1. Kathleen MillerMay 5, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Thank You Sandi your birthday present was very well done. I love everything about it. You put a lot of thought and time into it and it showed cannot wait to case.

  2. Sandi, Thank you for my beautiful "antique" album. Everyone loves it. I might have enough time to make one for Kellie and Michelle's birthdays coming up. I don' understnd why I can't post a comment with my google account. oh well, there is always anonymous!!!

  3. Sandi,
    Your albumns are beautiful. I didn't see them until I got home from meeting tonight. You put a lot more detail into them than I did. Lynn

  4. Thank you Lynn -- you were my inspiration to do these. Plus its much easier if you know what they are suppose to look like before you tackle it yourself. I enjoyed myself tonight, even tho I cought that "look" you gave me when convention came up. I bet you used to give your mother that same look -- LOL.

  5. Oh Sandi! These are awesome! I too seen Lynns and loved them and have had them on my "2do list"....beautiful! TFS

  6. Beautiful i definitely must do these. keep up the great work and welcome to Blog group 8

  7. I thought this project looked familiar, I recently favourited it on SCS, I love the charm you made.