This tutorial is for an envelope tag book. This mini scrapbook album can be found with a Bind-It-All, which is why I am including it on my Bind-It-All Projects page. But you could also bind it in a variety of other ways, so do not let the fact that you do not have a binding machine keep you away from trying this little mini album.
I needed to make a quick scrapbook for my girlfriend, Michelle's
birthday. Using my Zutter Bind-It-All, I made this little envelope/tag
book in about an hour and a half. The theme is Friendship because she is my dear friend.
I took some small
envelopes I bought in Chinatown, San Francisco (although I'm sure you
could get these at any office supply store - they are just small coin envelopes). I cut off the flaps of
each one and covered each with a solid scrapbook paper that coordinates
well with my covers (red and black in my case). I made my own chipboard covers to complement my mini envelopes. You can use small scraps of book board or chipboard, cereal or cracker boxes, or whatever you have. They do not have to be very large, just a bit larger than your envelopes. I
covered these with patterned scrapbook papers.
I wanted to keep this as a really simple mini scrapbook album, so I did
one friendship quote and one element per page and tag. I found the
friendship quotes through a search on the Internet. With Pinterest now there are so many quotes easily available.
This mini scrapbook album went together very quickly! I cut around some of the quotes with decorative scissors. The watering can and flowers above is a stamp that is colored in.
I believe the vintage image above came from Art Chix Studios. I absolutely love their stuff!
I got the tags at my local office supply store. I only distressed one of them. I simply crumpled it up and used a distressed ink pad on it.
Obviously you can make this simple mini album in any theme that you desire. You can also bind it in a variety of different ways, but I do find the Bind-It-All to be the simplest and easiest in this case. I am a firm believer in using what you have though, so use whatever method works best for YOU!