Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, October 26, 2012

My Finished Envelope Mini Album

   After weeks of working on my envelope mini album it is finally finished! With Christmas coming I know that it will make a perfect gift for someone. We all know someone that envies our beautiful scrapbooks and yet feels that they have neither the time or talent to do one. This is for that special someone. The album itself is gorgeous. Having all the surfaces covered with beautiful paper, all they have to do is add pictures. I could hardly wait to share these pictures with all of you.

My cover, inside and outside.

   I picked the black background with solid white flowers for the outside and the black background with white outlined flowers for the inside of the cover. I was lucky enough to find Halloween costumes for my two little cairns that were attached to the perfect thickness of cardboard for my cover board. I picked gold duck tape for the spine.

The outside cover and spine.

   I then covered the cardboard with my paper selection. The spine was made using gold duck tape that I distressed with black StazOn. I reinforced it using black glitter ribbon and a narrow black with gold and silver narrow ribbon. I then used the same two ribbons down the front and back cover to conceal where the duck tape attached to the cover. 

Inside of the cover.
   Then I attached the inside of the cover. Now it looks finished. But not quite yet.

I added tabs and leaf accents.
   I used black glitter ribbon to make pull tabs on the pull-out pages to make them easier to pull out. I then first used Quick Grab glue only to find that it did not stick the leaf accents to the glitter tabs and it also took the silver backing off them. Then I tried Gem Tack and it did the same. Then I tried E-6000 and it did the same. I finally ended up using hot glue.

My finished Album.
   Using my hot glue gun I first laid down some silver glittered sprays going up the one side of the album and across the bottom. Then I glued the rhinestone sprays in place. Then I used glitter glue to the center of the black flower and glued it in place. Next I found some white blossoms from an arrangement that I once made and used black glitter glue in the center to match them to the blossoms on the paper cover. I trimmed the bottom of the white dove and glued it in place using hot glue. I choose to use the white bird because there are black or white birds on the paper used through out this album.
   I hope that you have enjoyed following me as I made my first Envelope Mini Album. It was quite a journey. I am not taking credit for the how to. I only followed instructions. Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon has a video series on YouTube called Envelope Mini Album Series. She is amazing. She puts this whole album together in four short videos that together only lasts about two hours. It took me forever! But then I had many interruptions and often did not get back to working on it for days. I just love this album and may one day make another.

Thanks for joining me.
Take Care


  1. What a beautiful album. I'm sure some lucky someone will really love it.

  2. Thank you, Terri. I'm sure she will. I can hardly wait to see her face when she sees it.