Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bank Envelope Mini for Ann

I made this mini album for my swap partner, Ann, at Mini Album Scraps. The swap rules said to make a mini album out of coffee sleeves or coin envelopes. As an alternative, we could also use bank envelopes, which is what I used. After I completed my album, someone from the group posted this video, which gives an excellent tutorial for making your own coin envelopes for mini albums that also provides lots of extra space for pictures. I'm definitely going to use that style next time!

OK--on to the mini album that I made...

I made this mini with 6 bank envelopes and used my Bind-It-All to bind it together. Ann said she wanted to use this album for pictures of her daughter and wanted the colors to be earth tones. I found the perfect paper line (and on sale, too!) to use for this project. I picked up a paper stack from K&Co called Edamame.  I bought the Designer Mat Stack which had 18 double sided papers that were 6.75"x4.75." I used 17 of the 18 sheets, plus one sheet of paper from the 12x12 pad. (I loved the paper so much that I had to go out and get some for myself!) I also bought a package of journaling spots, handmade flowers stickers, a set of butterfly stickers, and a package of the 12" border strips.

This album has LOTS of tags, with tons of room for journaling and/or photos. I inked all the edges of the paper and the envelopes with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I created 2 mini albums within this mini album. Each one allows room for 7 pictures. One is a waterfall album which will hold photos about 2.5" square and the other is a fold out accordion type album that will hold wallet sized photos. I also made a stick pin for the front and a dangling charm that is attached to the binding with a lobster claw clasp. The ribbon came from my stash. I purchased the crochet lace trim and the other trim on the front came in a box from my mother-in-law. I have used that trim on several projects. I did use my Vintage Photo Distress Ink to darken the trim since it was very white and the white just didn't go with the album.

I had a lot of fun making this mini album and I hope Ann likes it!

See the video below for all the scrappy details. :)


  1. I love this! I think you and I share a love of K&Co papers...boy do I have a stash! Great detailing, DeAnna; your swap partner is sure to love it!

  2. AWESOME!!! Again!!! You are so good at this!!

  3. I really like it! Can't wait to get it on my hands :]
    Thanks for being such a successful partner

  4. You did this mini album yourself? I almost didn’t notice that this was made out of bank envelopes! This gave me an idea for my next craft project. We have lots of used bank envelopes, and with a little bit of creativity, I’m positive that I’ll be able to create a wonderful mini album too.