Everyday Gratitude Album

Handmade By Nolana Lynch

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

The Works All-in-One Tool 660581
Crop-A-Dile punch 70907-7

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Choose 15 of your favorite double sided papers
  2. Decide what size you’d like the envelopes to be (I chose 6 x 8 inches)
  3. Use All-in-Works tool and Envelope Guide to create 15 envelopes
  4. Cut a sheet of 12 inch double sided paper 8 inches wide
  5. Use All-in-One Tool to score at 0.5 inch intervals
  6. Accordion fold the paper and attach envelopes to each valley along the accordion

Now it’s time to create the album cover:-

  • Cut a piece of chipboard 6.5 x 8.5 inches (or 0.5inches larger than the size of your envelopes)
  • Measure the thickness of the stack of envelopes (use scoring tool to flatten envelopes if they are super bulky)
  • Cut a piece of chipboard 8.5 inches long x the thickness of your envelope stack (mine was 1.5 inches)
  • Cut two pieces of chipboard 8.5 inches long x 0.75 inches (the total of the two pieces should be the same width as the envelope stack, you may also try cutting into three pieces for more curvature at the top of the handbag).
  • Use the top flap of the envelope to trace a triangle on to the chipboard. Extrapolate the triangle at the base from 8 inches to 8.5 inches wide so that it is flush with the rest of the chipboard pieces.
  • Choose papers for outside and inside the album cover
  • Cut external papers to 2 – 4 inches larger than the size of the chipboard pieces – to ensure that it wraps around to the inside of the album with 1 – 2 inches and lays flat when glued down.
  • Stick the chipboard to the external papers. Leave an extra 0.5 inches of paper folded in two when gluing the base (this you’ll fold and attach the acetate to).
  • Cut internal papers to the size of the chipboard
  • Adhere the internal papers and use the scoring tool to get clean edges at the inner folds.
  • Cut a piece of thick acetate 6.5 x 8.5 inches and use red line tape to attach to the inner flap at the base of the album.
  • Attach a magnetic closure and decorate the inside and outside of the album with die-cuts and stickers.
  • Use the crop-a-dile tool and gold eyelets to attach a “handbag chain”, ribbon and other decorative pieces
  • Document gratitude for a period of time!
TIPS OR ADVICE:

I folded the paper slowly and taut around the chipboard to get cleaner folds and edges without creasing.

  • The scoring tool helped to get cleaner folds as well
  • Having 1 – 2 inches of extra paper on the sides were much easier for the gluing process. I found that with 0.25 to 0.5 inches, I needed to press the paper down and wait for it to dry – or the edges would fly back up.
SKILL LEVEL:
Intermediate
CRAFTING TIME:
3-5 Hours

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