I'm very sad that my friend and partner teacher won't be returning to our school next year. I wanted her to have something to remember us all by and also to give her some encouragement when she needs it with the new journey she is headed for. I started collecting notes and cards from our colleagues and did some crafty brainstorming. My super creative SIL, Ruthie, thought of an envelope album. Brilliant! I didn't give people any parameters because I wasn't sure what I was making until after I called for the letters. It was a bit tricky, but I got them all together and it actually turned out really nice! The pictures don't quite do it justice, but here goes. (I had to blur out the kids as I didn't get parental permission to post the pics.)
I put the person's name on the page where their letter or card was slipped in the envelope. I also included some Bible verses and pictures of staff and students.
Some of the cards were smaller so I could actually put them in pockets right on the pages. This helped free up the envelopes themselves for other letters.
With the envelope album, I could just slip the larger cards and full page letters into the envelopes. It worked great! I could fit 2 cards or letters in each if needed, but I tried to stick with one.
I sealed each 6 x 9 envelope and cut off just a tiny bit on one side to open the end of the envelope. Then I cut out pieces of paper to the right size and glued them on all the sides of the envelopes. Once everything was glued onto the pages, I used Ruthie's Cinch to cut the holes and put on the binding.
All the patterned paper is from the DCWV stack called The Blossom Song. It is so pretty! I did run into the issue that some of the pages have a hard glitter glue type surface, and although it looks really pretty, adhesive doesn't like to stick to it. I had to use a combination of liquid adhesive and photo splits to get it to stay put.
All the cuts are from the online Silhouette store and I cut everything on my Silhouette SD.
She loved it and the whole rest of the staff loved to look through it as well. I'm glad it turned out so nice. I wasn't so sure there for a while. It was a TON of work, but was well worth it in the end.
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