How to Make an Album from Envelopes

I used 5″ x 7″ envelopes (and the cards that went with them) that I bought as a set from Joanns. I used nine envelopes and used Distress Stain in Black Soot on the edges of the envelopes. They no longer make the stains with daubers, and are now sprays..You can do the same process by using the new stain and spraying it onto a foam makeup wedge and wipe the makeup wedges along the envelope edges. Here’s the link to the distress stain: https://tinyurl.com/ya72moam
I glued them together with Scotch Tacky wet glue to glue the flaps together. Link: https://tinyurl.com/yda2qycy The album technique I used was done by Helen Griffin’s envelope album system for gluing the envelopes together. Here’s a link to her video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itgn7DyO1SU

Before doing anything else, I trimmed a very thin line off the bottom of six of the envelopes.  This allows me to make them into pockets.
I put the glue on the outside of the envelope flaps and then glued two envelopes so the flaps end up sticking up in the center and the fronts of the envelopes face each other as you glue them together. You’ll need three sets of two envelopes glued together, and three more envelopes that you’ll be gluing onto the center flap that sticks up (we’ll cover this a little later.) You’ll also need four (I made five but didn’t need the last one) pieces of cardstock that are 1 1/4″ wide scored on the long length at 1/2″ and 3/4″ and put tear tape on the back on the outside edges of the scores with the center section not having any glue on it. You normally will want these pieces to be as long as your envelopes, but I used the cards that aren’t as long as my envelopes,  they’re 7″ long and the book came out fine by using the shorter length cardstock versus using paper that is the same length as the envelope. I also put wet glue on the sides where I put tear tape so the sides of these strips will be well adhered to the base. I only took the tear tape off one side of my strip and laid the edge on the end of my envelopes (making sure the envelope flaps are inside and the opening is on the opposite side from where we are gluing our flaps.) Make sure the length is centered on the envelope so the envelope and strip are straight, then take off the tear tape backing on the other side, take another set of two envelopes and glue those to the other side of the strip. You’ll add another strip and two more envelopes, then you’ll adhere one strip to the back and one to the front so you can adhere your front and back covers.
Next, we’ll add the envelopes over the center flaps by cutting off the flap of the envelope we’re adding, put wet glue over the flap that sticks up in our album, and push the new envelope onto it until it reaches the center fold. Glue down any little flaps that might stick up on the envelope you’ve inserted.
I cut the cards that went with these envelopes so I could use them as inserts to write on. I cut them to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4″, rounded the corners withe my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, and using the stamp set from Graphic 45 called Typography, stamped the cards with “Write your story.” I used black ink and clear embossing powder and heat set them. I used a punch from McGill Creativity called a File Tab punch to put tabs on each of the cards. I glued the tabs to each of the cards, staggering them so there were tabs at the top, middle and bottom.
I went to an old dictionary that was falling apart, and cut out pages to fit the pages and put tear tape on the back and adhered them to the album. I also used Graphic 45 Typography papers and cut them down and put tear tape. I cut the papers so they were 1/4″ shorter and narrower than the envelope. (Sorry I don’t have that measurement.)
I cut the covers to be 5 5/8″ by 7 1/2″ tall out of chipboard. I used grey cardstock 8 1/2″ x 11″ and using the back of a paintbrush, scored around the cardboard so it wouldn’t crack when I bend it. I trimmed out the corners on an angle to get rid of the excess paper. I used tear tape and wet glue to adhere the paper to the album covers.
I used Stampin Up linen thread (discontinued) and tied it to the ends of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands link: https://tinyurl.com/yc4nqc5f and used screw brads link: https://tinyurl.com/y8b852al with the legs cut off adhered with Glue Dots to the tops and bottoms of some of the pages of the album.
I used Deco Art Modelling Paste and Tattered Angel sprays in Boardwalk and Cardboard mixed together and adhered to the front cover through a stencil. After it was bricked, I covered the back of my covers with cardstock. To adhere the covers, I took the backing off the tear tape that was on the strip on the front, and lined it up so it was even top, bottom, left and right sides, then adhered the back making sure it’s even with the front cover. I needed to make a strip to surround the book. I took the same grey cardstock I used for the cover, that was 5″ wide and 7 1/2″ tall. I scored every 1/8″ on the 5″ side, so the paper is very flexible. Then I flipped it over and scored it again every 1/8″. I bought Tim Holtz Textile Surfaces to cover it, but it wasn’t tall enough to cover the length of the book, so I cut it 5″ wide. I took the adhesive off the back and laid it over the grey cardstock that I scored, then put tear tape over the back 1 1/2″ in on both sides, leaving the center loose. I added wet glue to the front and back covers 1 1/2″ and laid the paper on the cover. I put corner covers on the top and bottom of the front and back covers. link https://tinyurl.com/ybv7kycf

I painted an F with a beige paint. I used Mod Podge to cover it and let it dry. Then I used a stencil and an alcohol marker to color the F and glued it to the front cover of the album along with one of the Tim Holtz word bands. I also added a key on the spine of the album and the key hole I glued to the front of the album. Link https://tinyurl.com/ya4hwxfj

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1/31-2/2/2019

I’d like to say that I have been busy in my craft room, but honestly, the urge hasn’t really been hitting me much over the last three days.  I did make one card (that I hated) and threw away, but otherwise, I wanted to hang out and read.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s a weather issue, or I simply lack motivation….I’ll go with lack of motivation for $1000 Alex…It’s a Daily Double.  I’m doubly unmotivated.  Is that possible?  I think it must be since I haven’t been able to make a viable video in days.  I’m going to force myself into the craft room tomorrow, and I will make a video.  I have a lot of ideas for videos, but not for cards.  Maybe I should watch some YouTube videos featuring card makers….I did try to do that today, and ended up watching videos about religious cults and identical twins with differing DNA results..I have absolutely no interest in either subject, yet somehow I watched at least a couple of minutes of both videos…And then I found a makeup video where a YouTuber used only clearance makeup….I think her idea of clearance makeup and mine are at opposite ends of the spectrum, as she spent over $300 on her clearance makeup, and the results weren’t amazing.  If I’d spent that much money, I hope I’d look like a movie star…I’m pretty sure it would take a lot more than clearance makeup for that.  Even if she did pay over $300 for it..

Turning a Folder Into a Card Holder

My friend Sherry sent me a card folder that I loved, and wanted to duplicate.
You’ll start with a normal paper two pocket folder, putting it in your score board with the pockets facing the left side of the score board and scoring at 6 1/2″ on the long side of the folder. Try to make your score so it comes through both sides of the folder. Then you’ll want to fold it on the score line to make sure it bends in half.  Then put it in your paper trimmer so the top of the folder is on the bottom of your trimmer and cut 3/4″ to the left of center and cut up to the score, then move it 3/4″ to the right of the center line and cut up to the score line, then cut on the score line between the two cuts so you have a segment cut out of the top of the folder.
The paper I used was Graphic 45 Couture Collection, a retired paper collection. I found that my folder and Sherry’s folder were not the same size, so my measurements might not work for your folder. The paper I cut for the front and back covers of the folder is   11 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ wide.  I used tear tape that I buy at Craftchameleon.com and Tombow Mono Aqua Glue to adhere the paper to the folder.
I rounded the corners of the papers that cover the pockets with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder that I bought from Amazon. The inside pocket covers are 9 3/8″ wide x 4 3/4″ tall.
The pieces I cut for above the pockets are 6 7/8″ x 8 5/8″ tall. The paper set had cute little squares with ladies on them, so I cut enough of them to cover the spots I left missing at the top center of my folder. I didn’t like the white underneath so used Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to cover it before I glued down the strips.
I cut a small matching strip for the pockets that was 1/2″ by 4 3/4″ tall and scored it in half on the 1/2″ length and glued it to the center line between the pockets so you don’t see the red center.
I scored the inside of the folder after adding all of the layers of paper at 6 1/2″ from the bottom. If I had been smart, I’d have scored each paper as I glued them down so I didn’t have to score through so many layers.
I wanted to punch a hole through the side of the folder to close it but I couldn’t get my hole punch to work…In the end, I used a long piece of really elegant ribbon to close the folder.
I used all of my scraps to make cards to put in the folder, and it should hold up to 8 cards that don’t have a lot of layers.

1/20-1/30/2019

I have been spending all of my free time working on my craft room.  I’m not exaggerating when I say this time it will be clean enough to do a room tour.  I know you’re shocked, because if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I talk (lie) about cleaning my craft room….a lot.   This time things are different…I cleaned one area of the room enough to put the new tall dresser inside that I’m going to use to organize several things, and the rest of the counters are clean…The floor only has a couple of things that need to be donated and then it will be clean as well.  This is the first time I’ve felt any kind of excitement about the level of organization I’ll be working in.  I can’t tell you how happy I am with the progress I’ve made…You’ll just have to wait to see..

1-25-1-27/2019

I’ve been in the craft room working on several projects, some requested by viewers and some by college friends.  First, let’s talk about the pocket card.  I’m pretty sure I’ve been talking about the problems I’ve had with it, and there were a few.  My video explanation had to be revamped a couple of times, because I’d made a prototype, thinking “this will work” and then it needed to be shortened.  That’s only one of a few issues I had, including scoring more than I needed, so in the end, I left some of my problems in the final cut.  I’m happy with the cards I made, one that doesn’t work well, and one that does.  I show the one that didn’t work well, but decided not to explain how I made it, because frankly, I can’t remember what I did to make it.  I remember most of it, but I made several scores and cuts to make it work as well as it does, after the first round…it’s cute until you try to put it back together…

After I finished the pocket card, I’d promised my college friends that I would make them some simple cards without any sentiments, and a variety of sentiments to glue to them when they decided what to use them for.   But first, I wanted to make a folder exactly like my friend Sherry had made, so I had something to put them in.  I used Graphic 45 paper (that Sherry had given me), and the folder really turned out cuter than I expected.  I did use the scraps to make cards for them, but ran out of time (before I had to leave to meet them) to be able to make enough that they’d both have a lot to choose from.  So I supplemented with cards I’d already made that did have sentiments on them.  When we met, I explained the situation, and they decided they needed to put all of the cards on the restaurant table and go through them, choosing ones they wanted.  I felt bad that I didn’t have a lot (I think I made six or seven) of the ones without sentiments, but I doubt they’ll be using seven cards before they see me next.  And by then, I should be using some of the card kits I’ve been sent, and I’ll make them cards from those.

That leads me to my last note of interest…I have finally been sent the last card kit I’ve been waiting for from Brutus Monroe.  I’ve been talking about the card kit video for so long, that people probably think I’m making it up.  I should have done videos with the kits as I got them (I have done a few), but still have so many to cover.  My plan is to link the video using each kit when discussing the pros and cons of that kit in a comprehensive card kit video…If that doesn’t make sense, I hope it will when I do the video.  I want to show you each kit (and what that kit provides), but if I try to do that in one video, it would be so long, no one would ever want to watch it.  Instead, my plan is to discuss the value of each kit and then compare that kit to the value of others, so people know which one provides the most bang for it’s buck.  At this point, I can’t remember how many kits I’ll be covering, but I know there are a lot of them.  And I’ll be really glad when I finish that video, as it’s been weighing on my mind, not having it done and uploaded.   Today I’m going to work on one of the card kits, and make some cards from it, so I can determine it’s value, and show some of the cute ideas you can create with it…One down, another four or five to go…my anxiety just went up two or three notches…crap..

A Wreath By Any Other Name Might Not Be Round

I was asked to make a wreath by a viewer, and saw a version of this at Christmas in a magazine…I decided to give it a try and then I’ll tear it apart and recreate it for upcoming holidays.
Take the frame apart…You’ll need a larger frame, mine is about 17 x 13″…You are only going to use the wood part.
I found the word “LOVE” at the Dollar Tree and used some real red craft paint from Craft Essentials and mixed it with Mod Podge (hoping the Mod Podge would help the glitter stick to the word.)  I would skip the Mod Podge if I did this again.
I painted and let it dry twice, then used straight Mod Podge and painted the word then put a lot of fuchsia glitter on it.
I bought a hair straightener from ebay, but couldn’t find one there that was inexpensive to link to. Here’s a link to one I found on Aliexpress. https://tinyurl.com/yarjb7wn   These tools work really well to straighten ribbon, just don’t leave it on the ribbon or it will melt it. I clamp it then let go, move a little, clamp it, and let go, and so on until the ribbon is straight.
I bought a bag of resin hearts on Aliexpress and here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/y7wuluw9 then used my Touch Five markers to color them. The set of 168 Touch Five markers are now $62.04 at Ebay and here’s a link to them. https://tinyurl.com/ycwqo3wx
I made a book where I swatched them out by color family and use it whenever I’m trying to match something like the ribbon.
I bought Cosmic Shimmer glitter glue to glue on spots of glitter that didn’t adhere to the word LOVE and on some XO letters I die cut, but didn’t use in the project. The glue came from CraftChameleon.com.
I used fuchsia glitter and pressed it into the wood to ensure it stuck and any place that didn’t, I first put more Mod Podge on, then resorted to the Cosmic Shimmer Glue if the Mod Podge didn’t work.. Once it was dry, I used Krylon Workable Fixative to seal the glitter in. I used a bottle of glitter from Stampin’ Up, so you’ll need a lot for covering a word this size (only on the front and inside.)
I tied a white ribbon and tied it to the loops on the back of LOVE and then hot glued them to the back of the frame so the word dangles in the center of the opening of the frame.
I tied the large fuchsia bow and then hot glued it to the top right corner of the frame and then let it fall “naturally” along the sides of the frame and glued it in a few spots to allow it to stay.
I glued two of the hearts I’d colored to the bottom center of the frame and one white one (with no coloring).

1/21-1/23/2019

I’ve been working like crazy, trying to come up with an idea for a Valentine wreath one of my viewers asked me to make.  I had a terrific idea that involved gluing pieces of candy to a wreath form, but once I figured out how many Tootsie Rolls it would take, I threw in the towel on it.  I thought about doing a wreath out of fabric strips, but when I saw a video on that, it looked like my fingers wouldn’t be able to easily fit between the wire rows on the wreath form, so strike two.  I remembered a really interesting “wreath” that I saw somewhere that was an empty large frame with different items strung inside at different heights, and thought it was adorable.  So I went on a quest (keep in mind I’ve been on this quest for several days), trying to find something that was three dimensional that would fit inside the frame.  I have a large frame that should work perfectly, and found one and I tried to find more things, that I could glue inside.

Last night I started working on the wreath, and it took an entire bottle of glitter to make the center “Love” word look good.  I’m not sure if anyone will like the “wreath” but I’m going to rip it apart after Valentine’s Day and recreate it for St. Patrick’s Day, then rip it apart for Easter, etc.  I really hope viewers think it’s a great idea, repurposing something like this, and in the end, I wasn’t thrilled, but was happy with my results.  The video should go live tonight or tomorrow morning.

I’ve also been working on a pocket card.  I’ve really struggled with it and tonight I think I’m going to master my own version of one.  I couldn’t sleep last night until I wrote down the dimensions I thought it would take to create this card…I might be wrong, but I hope it works.  I made one version and although it looks all right, I couldn’t put it back together, so that’s not a winner.  Tonight’s version is going to be the one…I’m hoping so any way…If not, I’m not sure what I’ll do…