Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Envelope Pocket mini book

Hello everyone,
My project today is one I was asked to make for my friend who retired from teaching this year.
We met through crafting and she has been so good to me...like a second Mum!
Her daughters' asked me to make something that would hold notes/tags from people who had written
little anecdotes about their Mum.
I decided to go with a pocket book made from envelopes.
....this was my 2nd attempt....the 1st ended up in the bin....
I hardly know where to start to explain how I made it....lol
It's made with 5 pieces of chipboard - the front, bottom, back, top and flap.
I covered the pieces with My Mind's Eye 'Wild Asparagus' paper
leaving a 5mm gap between the joins.
The front flap was cut using a Tim Holtz 'on the edge bracket die' and I added
a magnetic closure on the inside of the flap and on the outside of the front before covering with paper.
The inside is made with envelopes joined together accordian style.
I took nine kraft envelopes (I find PaperMill luxury C6 really good quality) sealed them and then cut off one end.  Then with a circle punch, cut a large notch out of the cut end.
I inked around the edges with vintage photo distress ink and let dry.
Then taped the envelopes one on top of each other with DS tape.
I added the lace around the front of the album before taping the envelopes
to the inside on the back and front.
The flowers are Prima and the metal corners are from Forgetmenot Papercrafts in Belfast.
I added two little pins and a sprinkling of adhesive pearls around the flowers.
I printed the word 'memories' on matching paper and added it to the metal (Tim Holtz) frame.
I put the brads through the chipboard before covering the inside so the metal pieces wouldn't show.
If the book is now filled with the tags, I'll see if I can get a photo to show it finished!
I found it a challenge to make....on my first attempt the paper kept splitting at the joins.
I think the paper was just too wet and I was stretching it too much.
Apart from all that, I was pleased with it when I had it finished and I know that my friend loves it too and that's the main thing!
And now for the link to the next project.
It's day 13 and Lou has a gorgeous Christmas journal to share.
We only have a sneak peek and I'm dying to see inside.
You can find it HERE
Thank you for visiting today and a big 'hello' to welcome my new followers!
Tomorrow I'll have a link to Trish's Christmas project
 and maybe even have something of my own too :)
Have a lovely day,
Take care,
Sarah xx
I'd like to enter this album in the following challenges:
MIM ~ anything goes
Lady Anne's Challenges ~ anything goes
Love to Create ~ fancy edges
Stamps & Fun = creativity ~ anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy ~ anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie ~ anything but Christmas (all except the flowers are more than 6 months old)
Papertake Weekly ~ flower power


Caroline said...

Sarah this is beautiful so elegant. Caroline xxx

MissyG said...

Gorgeous - love everything about it
Linda xx

Aileen said...

It's a beautiful gift. A lovely keep sake. x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,such a lovely gift.xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW! This is stunning Sarah. I love the design and the soft colours and details are so beautiful. A really wonderful gift for your friend.

hugs Sue

Corrinne Quinn said...

Gorgeous! It's wonderful to have you join us at Tuesday Alchemy. Tip: You can enter as many times as you want for more chances to win a prize :)

I also invite you share a project at this ANYTHING GOES challenge here:

Lots of crafty joy,

Tracy said...

Stunning Sarah,love all the antiqued little pockets..it`s going to end up being a beautiful keepsake once filled with memories!!

Zenita Smith said...

Beautiful folder!! I'm needing a project to make and I think I just found it!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge.

Wendy L said...

Whata gorgeous creation, thanks for joining us at Love to Create. xxx

Vicky Hayes said...

I heard about this project yesterday on the phone Sarah and you're right she was delighted with it! Lovely for me to see what she meant too - a really gorgeous project. Vicky x

Laine said...

Stunning project Sarah. Wonderful design and detailing. Thank you for joining us at Love to Create this week.

cathi139 said...

oh my god, what a lovely project and memory-keeper!!! Absolutely stunning. Lovely details

Margie said...

That is absolutely gorgeous Sarah - what a great gift. Thanks so much for the details too. I would love to make one when I've got more time.

lalkygirl said...

Wow Sarah what a stunning project ,so pretty and a fantastic gift idea
Thanks for joining us at MIM
Good luck
Tracey x

Christine L said...

Stunning creation Sarah... I'm sure it will be treasured!

Christine x

Rosie Guiher said...

Your project is beautiful. I love the papers you have used on it. And the flowers with the button and lace. So vintage. Thanks for joining us at Lady Anne's Anything goes.
Rosie DT

Kathi Silvia said...

Hi Sarah,

Your project caught my eye at MIM. This is just beautiful! I love it!


Jenny said...

OMG Sarah! This is gorgeous! I love the vintage look and was a sweet idea too. Love it! x

Lady Anne said...

Such a beautiful album, you have created a work of art. Love everything about it and now I'm tempted to make one myself *smile* Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again.
Love ~ Lady Anne xx

tilly's crafts said...

your album is just stunning! love the idea of the pockets. Saw this on MIM – hope you’ll call to visit me too! Kim x

Linny said...

WOW Stunning book. thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. love the Santa on your other blog too. Amazing. Linda x

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful project Sarah, absolutely gorgeous!
Helen x

Sue from Oregon said...

This is so lovely Sarah! That paper is gorgeous too!

Mian said...

Absolutely gorgeous project! So elegant!

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Love to Create Design Team Member

Dina said...

what a wonderful creation thanks for joining us at sf=C

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Absolutely gorgeous project! Great gift!!!Thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!!

DesignerDiva said...

What a beautiful project Sarah.
Thanks for sharing it with us at Oldie But A Goodie this week and good luck in the challenge
Hugs Laurie xx

dottielottie said...

Hi Sarah, I came across your blog after googleing 'pocket envelope mini' as I was looking for ideas for a mini tag album. I would just like to say what a lovely tag book you have created, it is gorgeous and beautifully made.I love everything about it, I am sure your friend was delighted with it !
So thank you for inspiring me.