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Friday Craft, Envelope Album Part Deux, Envelope Album Strikes Back


This is my second attempt at the envelope album, using a package of pretty cheap cards with envelopes. I used a very old paper pad from my stash.

Learnings from this attempt:

  • Use quality materials, especially for a book of this type. I want this book to be handled and paged through again and again. It won’t last if I don’t use quality paper and good adhesive.
  • I’m still learning how best to do the spine. On this book, I attached the inside cover paper, which split where the book bends and had to be covered up with washi tape, which does not stick well enough to cover my mistake. The book cover and adhering the spine to it are challenges I’m still working to master.
  • These books need a closure of some type. When they are filled with embellishments (of which this book has none!) and photographs something is needed to keep the book closed.

I also tried to use my scraps, because these books create tons of little strips and tiny pieces that I hate to just throw away. In the bottom left picture you can see the pocket is covered with stripes of different paper. I really liked the effect.

Stay tuned, I just couldn’t stop making these books. The learning continues in episode three, Return of the Envelop Album.


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Poem to Share, She Let Go by Rev Safire Rose


She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgements. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

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Friday Craft, Envelope Mini Album Part One

I’m not even sure how I came across it, but I fell into a YouTube wormhole and ended up watching Kathy Orta’s Envelope Mini Album series. There are 5 episodes, ranging from 10 minutes to 30. She used a package of envelopes and cards from Local Big Box Craft Store to make a scrapbook album, ready to be embellished with pattern paper and whatever other bling you can throw at it.

These videos are from 2011, and Kathy Orta’s brand has grown since then. She sells kits to make her amazing albums, which have grown in complexity since these were published. She blogs at Paper Phenomenon and has a shop as well.


This album uses her hinge binding method, and a duct tape spine. It’s got lots of pockets and tags and pull outs for pictures or journaling. Not too bad for a first pass, but my technique definitely improved over time.

Then I fell into an even deeper YouTube wormhole and found many many more tutorials along the same vein. So I promptly made a bunch of these mini albums, which I will show off to you in a few different blog posts.

Stay tuned…


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Saturday Spotlight, Thomas Houha Designs

This Portland artist makes 3D models and gifts. From their About page:

Intricately detailed and mathematically designed our work is inspired by classic geometric forms that have been central to art, architecture and science throughout history. We also indulge our playful side with miniature Rockets and Architecture.

All of our products are designed by us and each piece is individually precision cut and etched by laser.


Grab some of these amazing models in their Etsy shop!



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