Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thrifty Thursdays - Envelope Mini

I'm so excited about today's thrifty Thursday post! It was one of those happy accidents (don't you love when that happens?)  I have seen in a couple of places envelope mini albums that are accordion style and I had stored that idea away for later.  Well yesterday I thought I would sit down and figure out how those were made (since I had long lost where the idea came from!).  After a little frustration - I didn't figure it out BUT I came up with WAY better idea!  Seriously - this is like the easiest mini album ever I can't believe I haven't come up with this earlier!  And since this is made out of something we all have lying around - envelopes - I think it is the perfect thrifty Thursday project (even if it didn't come from the dollar store!)
Tutorial:
1. I used 4 envelopes for this project.  Starting with your first envelope - lay it flat with the pocket facing up and on the left.  Take your second envelope -  facing the opposite direction and insert the flap of the second envelope into the pocket of the first.  Ignore the flap of the first envelope until the entire book is made.  Note: I didn't glue the flaps into the pockets - my book is staying together great and the bonus of not gluing it is when you open it and close it there is a little bit of give so the book isn't as stiff - but you could glue it if you wanted!
2. Continue to add envelopes to the book in the exact same way you did the first one - by inserting the flap of the next envelope into the pocket of the page before it.
3. When you are done inserting your pages adhere the flap from the first envelope to the back of the last envelope.
4. Ta Da! The world's easiest mini is created!  Now embellish the front, add photos, and add journaling or more photos to the pockets!
 And if you were wondering what that building is in the last picture and why I " (heart) Peace" - It's actually a picture of my alma mater - Peace College in Raleigh NC.  And I do indeed "heart" it!

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26 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what a creative idea! very pretty

Johnnie said...

I am a new follower. Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursday. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

Johnnie

Maggie Flatley said...

Super idea for a Mothers Day gift.

Shore Girl said...

Oh wow this is so cute! I'll have to save this idea in my inspiration file! Thanks for sharing.

Kala said...

Absolutely love this idea, thank you:)

CremeMagnolia said...

What a cool project and so creative of you.

Vanessa said...

Very pretty! I would have never thought to use envelopes for a mini album.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous! That's a great idea - super easy way to make a mini. :)

Shell said...

very cute idea - quick and easy too!

Margie H said...

I miss making these - hmmm, maybe a weekend project?! LOL! Thanks for the great idea :)

Blessed Ladybug said...

this is so nice.. great work love your blog.. thanks for sharing...

Elizabeth said...

What a fun idea - I love the pockets for journaling too! Thanks! :)

JaneH said...

You've got some great projects on your blog...really lovely!

Christina Lucas said...

So cute! Following you from the Etsy Bloggers team.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

SO CUTE! I'm filing this away for future use...

Bella said...

WOW that is a super cute mini! I might have to try this out soon! TFS, It's really cute!

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

What a fabulous idea! I love the idea of repurposing and using the envelopes with such a lovely end result. Thank you for sharing this!

I found you on Etsy Blog Team and adore your blog. Officially your newest follower. :)

xo,
melissa @ bubby & bean

FabricFascination said...

Very cute, and simple too!

Anonymous said...

Genius!

mamavickster said...

SUPER COOL idea!! You are a genius!! Can't wait to give it a try myself! Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Wow so very cute and creative! This will be great for the grandparents, thanks for sharing. Found you on Tip Junkie I am a new follower :)

shana said...

Since I have a ton of envelopes of different sizes, this is a unique idea. Now I'm going to think about how to use it for my nephew's wedding.
nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

TeenaBugg38 said...

Ok I gotta give this one a try! I;m a new follower too btw :)

Elissa said...

This is a FANTASTIC idea! Thanks for sharing! I have a ton of envelopes leftover from my wedding and now I have something to do with them! You Rock! Thank you!!

QC Kelsey said...

So freaking easy! Thanks for sharing! I Pinned it - wanted to share it with others. :)
I've already tossed one together (just the envelopes) and man was it easy. I have a massive box of envelopes ... perfect for this! I can even use this idea to make mini albums for Christmas. Yay!

Sharon Gooding-Hill said...

what a fantastic idea - I am definitely going to make these for our happy mail swap - thanks for the great idea!

our happy mail can be seen at http://weheartmail.blogspot.com

xxx

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