Envelope Accordion Album
An Accordion Album is fun to make. All you need are some envelopes cardstock and some creating time!
Imagine making one and filling it with tags with pictures of your children and grandchildren, your sweetie or your pets. What a special gift for Mother's Day or another special occasion.
"Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope.
~Shana Alexander, American journalist, editor, host and teacher"
One day when I had some time to craft, I gave in to the strongest inspiration to make a little accordion album
to house all the lovely contact cards people from a forum I belong to
have been giving me.
I cast around in my mind for an idea until someone
asked me how they could use up some envelopes in a creative way, and
suddenly the two ideas sprang together in my mind, and some hours later
here is the result.
I actually used 12 envelopes to make this
TIP:You can use the number of envelopes that suit YOU. Choose to use six or eighteen or whatever suits your project
You Will Also Need:
- Twelve envelopes, all the same size, that you can seal shut
- Ribbon, Velcro dot fastener, other embellishments as desired
- Cardstock and Designer Series Paper if desired
- Make some original paper flowers to decorate your own keeper once it is made.
- Consider if you could recycle some envelopes you have been sent in the mail. Some of the writing and stamps could show, but you may like that look.
- If you do not have enough envelopes of the right size, you can make your own and customise them completely!
How to Make an Envelope Accordion Album:
- First, seal all the envelopes up.
- Then measure what you want to keep in the
envelopes and cut off one end of each envelope to allow your items to
fit comfortably inside and still be able to be pulled out.
- Make sure the
envelopes are all the same length
Now stack the envelopes together and start adhering them to each other by placing a single row of double sided tape down the middle of one, then sticking it to the middle of another.
Keep sticking envelopes together until you have formed your accordion
Next make a cover for your project.
I used Stampin' Up!'s Crumb Cake cardstock for mine. It's a lovely neutral shade.
Lay the envelopes down on a piece of A4 cardstock and cut a strip lengthwise to fit. Allow the edges of the cardstock to overlap the pockets a little to help protect them
There's an example of a variation of this accordion album for you to see at Susan's Saga. It is a slightly larger version.
- Adhere the first pocket to the back of your cover, using plenty of strong double sided tape or tear 'n tape
- Adhere the last envelope to the front of the cover, allowing room for expansion
Score a line along the top of the last pocket and fold the remainder over, scoring appropriately, to form a flapThe A4 cardstock sheet was not long enough to form a proper flap that I liked, so I cut more cardstock the same width and adhered it to the top of the flap with strong adhesive (sticky strip)
Now you are ready to decorate your wallet full of pockets!
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I made my own flower embellishment by punching out shapes and spritzing
them with shimmer paint diluted in rubbing alcohol, then used Blueberry
Crisp (retired) designer paper
both to cover the inside and outside of my wallet, then added Old Olive
1/2" grosgrain ribbon and 1/2" Chantilly crochet trim (NLA), with some cute
little retired Bitty Buttons and punched shapes to enhance the title
along the spine.
I inked along the exposed edges with
Not Quite Navy ink and also added some of that ink to my flower and
leaves (leaves made from Old Olive cardstock).
I finished the whole thing off by adding a Velcro Dot fastener to hold the flap closed and adding some rhinestone bling.
I love how it turned out.
I hope you are now inspired to make one of these little Accordion Albums too.
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