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Friday, June 1, 2012

Envelope Album

Hello there, crafty friends!

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.  

Thanks for stopping in!

:)  Cynthia

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