Well, you probably know by now that I love making albums and am always looking for new ideas and ways to preserve those memories. So when LouCee Creations brought out her Envelope Keepsake Album, I just knew I had to have it!
Isn’t it gorgeous? Such a neat way of storing those precious photographs and journaling for those special times, or even just on trips out with the family. We forget so much of what goes on in our lives, an album like this is such a quick and easy way of storing those memories and making something that will be treasured for years.
So what else do you need for this album?
- Cardstock and paper for printing on. I used cardstock for the cover and heavyweight paper (160 gsm which I think converts to about 85-90lb or so) for the envelopes
- Ribbon or patterned paper or cardstock to make tags for the envelopes and to decorate the album
- Bone folder, scoreboard for scoring – these are not essential as you can always use a ruler and a blunt knife or similar
- 3D foam pads or dimensionals for the embellishments and
- Scissors and glue
The first thing I did was open up the template. It comes in several formats, png, tiff and psd. I used the psd files and there is one for the album and another for the envelopes. I like to keep everything in one file, so I dragged the album onto the envelope template psd file and save the whole thing as a new file. It does mean I have several layers to work with, but provided you change the names of the layers (by double clicking on the name in the layers box), it is easy to keep track of everything.
I used clipping masks to clip the papers I had chosen to the various templates like this:
You can see the new names for some of the layers there too – I didn’t bother renaming the clipping masks. Pretty basic renaming, but it means I know what is on each embellishment layer without having to squint at my computer to work out what is in the thumbnail!
I then printed off the separate layers and ended up with this
Then all I had to do was cut everything out and adhere it together.
Apologies for the poor quality of the photographs. My office only has artificial light and no windows, so it is often difficult if not impossible to get the lighting right.
The actual album is really a box with one side missing. All you need to do is score along the score lines and cut as shown by LouCee in the directions and then get your PVA or other glue out.
The templates are all in different colours/shades so it is very easy to use. I used different papers for the sides and front of the album, and then different papers for each of the envelopes:
I used the retired Stampin’ Up! round tag punch to create the tags on each envelope but you could also use ribbon as in LouCee’s preview or punch or cut out some circles or other shapes and fold them over then adhere along the edge of each envelope.
Just ignore the clutter at the back of my desk in the above photo – I am not the world’s neatest crafter and tend to have my desk covered in a mixture of craft items and work stuff.
I also decorated some of the envelopes:
And here is the completed envelope keepsake album:
I just love that bird!
I used 3D foam pads to adhere the embellishments to the box in order to give them some depth.
I was surprised at how quickly this all came together, so if you fancy making one of these albums, it will probably only take a couple of hours from start to finish. Why not have a go and then post your creation in the gallery? We’d love to see what you come up with and trust me, this is such an easy template to use, you will not be disappointed with the results!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016