3 to 6 - legal letter size envelopes (4-1/8" x 9-1/2") - I'm using 3 envelopes in my example but you can use more if you want more pages.
4 to 5 - sheets of coordinating patterned paper - I'm making a travel album about one of our cruises.
3 - 1" loose-leaf metal rings
Start with 1 legal letter size envelope.
Seal the envelope closed. Cut a 3-7/8" x 9-1/4" strip from one of the pieces of patterned paper and attach to the front of the envelope. This will be the cover of your album. Chalk along the edge of the envelope with matching fluid chalk.
Cut another strip 3-7/8" x 9-1/4" from a different piece of patterned paper and attach to the back of the envelope. Again, chalk along the edge of the envelope with matching fluid chalk.
Now you have your first envelope, covered front and back with patterned paper.
For the second envelope, instead of sealing the envelope, tuck the flap of the envelope inside.
Now cover both sides of envelope with a 3-7/8" x 9-1/4" strip of patterned paper. When you cover the side of the envelope with the flap tucked in, make sure you put the adhesive on the envelope and not the paper so don't accidentally seal the envelope closed. You are creating a pocket with this envelope.
For the 3rd envelope, instead of sealing the envelope, leave the flap open.
Once again cover both sides of envelope with a 3-7/8" x 9-1/4" strip of patterned paper. For this envelope the flap side of the envelope should be facing you and the flap should be on the right hand side. When you attach the strip of paper you will need to lift the flap first and then attach the paper. Once again put the adhesive on the envelope and not the paper so don't accidentally seal the envelope closed. You are creating a pocket with a flap with this envelope.
To cover the flap of the envelope I cut a 2" x 9-1/2" strip of patterned paper and attached it to the flap. Then I trimmed around the flap cutting off the excess paper.
Finish up by chalking around the edges of the envelope.
Now let's start decorating our envelopes. Start with the first envelope and work on the cover. I added ribbon to the envelope and wrapped in around both sides. My ribbon is about 1-1/4" from the top and the bottom of the envelope. Once the ribbon was in place I punched 3 holes into the envelope on the left-hand side. The holes are about 1/8" from the edge. Once you have your holes punched in the first envelope, use this envelope as a guide for punching holes in your other envelopes.
Note. The pocket openings/flaps of the envelopes should be on the right side and your holes should be on the left side.
I added a luggage tag and cut out a logo from some memorabilia from our cruise and glued it to the tag. I also added a metal tab to the tag that says "Destination Paradise"
For Page 1 (the backside of envelope 1), I mounted a photo of our cruise ship on a piece of cruise stationary, cut out our ship name, added a metal tag and wrote the dates of our cruise.
Now you're ready for envelope 2. The patterned paper I used was double-sided so I used the solid side to mat my photos. You could also use a coordinating color of cardstock for photo mats and journaling.
Page 2 has photos of our cabin. I added a metal tag and a sticker to this page. I plan on adding journaling to tell our cabin number and deck.
For Page 3 (the backside of envelope 2), I mounted photos from our stop in Cozumel. For the Cozumel title I cut-up a postcard. I also made a tag out of a sticker by stapling ribbon to the edge. This envelope is one with a pocket and I stuck some memorabilia, such as our cabin keys and ship information into the pocket.
Now we are ready for the last envelope (envelope 3) in my sample.
Page 4 has more photos of Cozumel. Since this envelope has the flap showing. I chose photos that could peek out from behind the flap. Inside this pocket is the flyer about the speedboat excursion we took while we were in Cozumel. The Mexico title came from a postcard.
On the backside of this envelope I haven't added any photos since it is the back cover in this sample. You could add photos, journaling, etc. As you can see you can add more pages to this album and alternate between pages with pockets and without, as well as pocket pages with flaps or without.
Now lets put the pages together. Secure the pages with the 3 loose-leaf metal rings. Tie coordinating ribbon to the rings for an accent. Here is what the album looks like when put together.
These albums are super easy to do and they work well with any theme. Plus since there are pockets, they are great way to store hidden journaling, extra photos or memorabilia in a mini album.
Tristann has been a Creative Team Member at A Cherry On Top since March 2004. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband, Bryan, who supports her addiction to scrapbooking. In addition to being an avid scrapbooker and photographer, Tristann works full-time in Human Resources/Payroll for a travel company.
fabulous project tfs
I LOVE altered art ideas..I made the paper lunch bag albums before and now I can't wait to make these! Very cute! The possibilities are endless with these...Thanks for sharing! Dawn
This is a great idea on altering. I'm going to give this a try hopfully today and see how it goes. Thank you for sharing!
this is awesome, what a cool idea!! love all your pix too! ok, next time i'm tagging along ;)
You rock with your tutorials Tristann! You make it all so simple. Thanks for doing this. I love the results!
Great tutorial. Can think of lots of ideas for this.