Today I am going to show you one of my favorite quick scrapbook ideas – how to make a mini album out of envelopes. Any size, any color! Once you get the basic idea, you are only limited by your imagination (and your envelope supply!)
Here are the basic supplies that I used to put the album together.
I think this is the smallest supply list I have every posted here. You will need to decide what photos you want to include in your mini album. This will determine your size of envelopes, how many envelopes you need, and the color you want. I made this mini album from A2 sized, kraft colored envelopes.
Supplies needed to make your own quick scrapbook ideas mini album:
- A2 Craft Envelopes: 50 pack
- Extra-Strength Glue Stick
- Trees and Mountains Craft Dies
- Foamies White Glitter Alphabet Stickers
- Darice 16mm Mini White Flower Bling Stickers
- Various patterned paper scraps, and cardstock scraps
Let me show you how to put an envelope album together!
Gather your envelopes. I would suggest limiting the number of envelopes to 6-8. Otherwise it gets pretty bulky.
For the first page of the album, open an envelope.
Apply glue to the envelope flap. A little word about the adhesive for this project. I prefer a good, old-fashioned glue stick. When you slide the envelopes together, it isn’t too sticky (tape runner), or too liquid (Tombow). And the bond with a glue stick paper-to-paper is really strong. You can experiment with what works for you!
Tuck the flap into the envelope. Leave the top of the envelope without adhesive. This is where your next album page is going to slide in.
Next, get another envelope. Flip it over to the backside. Apply adhesive to the flap underneath (where the regular adhesive strip is where you lick and seal the envelope.)
Slide the envelope into the open slot. Wiggle it until the bend in the envelope flap lines up with the edge of the first envelope. Fold the second envelope over the first envelope.
Keep adding pages, repeating this process until you get to the last page.
For the last page, do not turn the envelope over. Leave it right side up. Apply adhesive to the backside of the envelope flap.
Wiggle the flap into the open slot of the envelope. This makes a clean back cover with no open flap.
You can see that the envelopes bind themselves. No additional tape, staples, brads or stitching.
That is the view of the album back.
Now you have a lot of options for your album. You can utilize the pockets for additional photos, tags, journaling, tickets, etc.
Or you can use them as regular album pages, and cover them with patterned paper, photos and journaling.
It was surprising how sturdy this mini envelope album was!
I chose to keep my theme really simple with just a couple of embellishments, and the same color scheme that I used consistently throughout.
I wanted to document my daughter and her multiple trips up our local canyons.
We really do live in a beautiful state-in every season.
This was a fun afternoon project, a favorite of my quick scrapbook ideas that I will definitely be doing more of!
I think this would be a fantastic kids craft, scout project, family reunion activity or Disney autograph book. So many possibilities!
It is cost effective, easy and customizable, with all of the sizes and colors of envelopes available.
I hope you give it a try, and love it as much as I do!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).