I took a permanent tape runner and ran a small line on the flap. This adhesive is what connects the envelopes to each other and forms the accordion file.
This is how the envelopes look after all the envelopes have been assembled. You can do as many envelopes as you want; however, you just need to keep in mind that each envelope adds a thickness that will need to be compensated for in the size of the cover.
I used two MS punches to create the band and then ran white ribbon through it. I cut a rather long piece of ribbon (I think it was about 20″) because I wanted to be sure I had enough ribbon to weave in the band and also have enough to tie a nice bow.
I used a Stampin Up ticket punch for the top corners and left the bottom two corners squared. The little stamp under the titles is a $1 stamp I picked up at M’s sometime ago.
This is what the index cards slide into the envelopes look like when complete. I also took another stamp and randomly stamped the envelopes. And because I couldn’t leave well enough alone I also took blue Stickles and enhanced the stamped area.
At this point I place the various pictures in each envelope behind the index cards.
This is a Lollipop flower and you can see the how to here. These are fun to make and I think this one was the perfect color. This “How To” has two parts so you can do a word search under Lollipop and see both Part 1 and Part 2.
This is a combination of pattern paper and blue organza fabric.
The butterfly is actually a $1 stamp from M’s. I stamped it twice, once on pattern paper and the second time using black Stazon ink on acetate. I hand cut both of them out and used Stickles on the back of the acetate to give the see through wings a little glimmer.
I folded the acetate butterfly in half and used Glossy Accent to hold them in place. Also I used thread to make the antennas, you can see the how to on that process here.
Finally I toll Black Diamond Stickles and ran it down the middle to make the butterfly’s body.
Finally, the white flower I got at M’s in the wedding section and I used clear “skittles” to finish it off.
I really did have fun doing the album and it contains some special pictures of family. We actually had to introduce my brother’s children and my cousin’s children and tell them they were actually 2nd cousins. It is strange how you can be family and your path’s don’t cross.
Hope you try the mini-album and if you do let me know how it turned out. I would love to hear from you.