In one of my recent posts I mentioned that I bought a large box of envelopes for only five dollars from going-out-of-business Archiver’s. My intent in doing so, of course, is to use the envelopes as pages in books that I create. They are a lot of work to assemble, but the results are always eye-pleasing. The last book I made was the album below, where envelopes provided not only the pages, but also the covers.

Old versionIt has been a while since I last made one of these albums, so I have had some time to consider whether a hard cover, instead of a soft envelope cover, would be better for this album. In the interest of creating a book that will have a longer life, and also because it handles better, I decided to make a hard cover Valentine’s Day version of the same book.

DSCN8138My original instructions for making this album can be found in a previous post, January challenge: new techniques. To make the altered version, you will need to cover some medium- to heavyweight chipboard on one side with card stock. Wrap the edges of the paper to the inside front and back covers, adhering it. The photo below shows the covers of a second album which I have not yet finished.


You will also need to cut a 4-inch by 5-1/4 inch rectangle of card stock for the inside front cover. This gets tucked inside the first pocket of the album, and adhered.


Cut a 4-inch by 4-inch pocket flap, scored at a half-inch, for the inside back cover. This gets tucked inside the last pocket page with adhesive. You’ll notice that the ribbon for the book is adhered beneath this last page instead of on the outside of the back cover, as called for in the original tutorial I wrote.


One of the nice features about this pocket envelope album is that it lies completely flat when you are looking at it, both inside and outside.

Inside of book
Inside of book
Outside of book
Outside of book

On the other hand, the album makes a great addition to your coffee table because it looks like a paper sculpture when you stand it up.

DSCN8142I’ll be adding a few more of these to my shop over the next week or so, but you can already find the above album HERE.

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5 thoughts on “Revamped pocket envelope album”

  1. Paige @ Little Nostalgia

    I love that color combination. And yay for getting the envelopes on sale! It’s nice when that works out.

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