By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Peg Rounds from:
Create this cute little photo album for Mom this Mother’s Day or change the theme and make a gift for Dad. No matter how you decorate it, it will surely be enjoyed and used every day to keep those special photo memories in. It’s so easy to make that with a little help, a child can enjoy making one to give.
Begin with 6 envelopes of any size and color. You can match the color to your theme or patterned paper. Here I used white envelopes that measure 3 5/8” x 6 ½” and the new Secret Garden 6” x 6” paper pad.
Open one envelope so that the tab is facing to your left and place two envelopes on top of each other facing right.
Use a tape runner to (Tape Glider by Scotch used) place tape along the edges and bottom of the flaps making sure to do only the flaps. Be sure to run some along the bottom just above the fold of the flap. Attach flaps together.
Carefully slide the 2 envelopes into the single envelope so they meet evenly in the centers. NOTE: Be sure that the edges of the envelopes meet when closed or your pages will be uneven. If they don’t adjust the envelopes until they do.
It should look like this at this point. Repeat the steps for 2 more of the envelope pages.
After you have 4 of the pages plus the back cover page assembled, you will have the flap from that envelope still open as shown in the picture. Add some tape to the edges (do not add any above the fold line this time) and carefully work it into the inside of the envelope to seal and close. NOTE: I did not use the glue already on the envelope because it is not as strong and will need to dry before getting a permanent seal. By using the tape, it takes care of this.
The last envelope will be the front cover of the album. Add some tape to the back side of the flap and carefully slide it into the closed envelope. Again make sure that the pages are all lined up. You will have a small opening on the spine, but that can be covered with some ribbon.
This is what the album looks like when all put together.
Now you can decorate the entire album. The paper will measure the size of your envelopes. You can cut it smaller if you’d like to leave a little framing edge on it like I did or have it the same size of your envelope to cover the entire piece. My paper (Secret Garden by Graphic 45) measures 6” x 3”. I used a piece of lace to decorate the top of the album. The decorations are Brenda Walton’s Around the World Acetate pieces by K & Company.
Once you have finished decorating all of the pages, your album is complete and ready to give as a special gift and cherished memento of those special days. Add more envelopes for more pages for even more memories. Never be without those special photos again. They easily fit in a desk at work or your purse so that you have them with you when you’d like to do a little bragging.