Apologies for being late with the post, a couple really cool things that can’t be spoken out loud yet have happened and caused a little bit of a tizzy over here.
…to continue with the project, when we ended the last post, there should have been 15 envelopes with the front covered with inked paper, the gummed flap covered with a strip of paper and 12 of them should have a ruled sheet adhered to the back of the envelope.
Take the 12 with the ruled sheet and using a calender stamp or die cut, designate each one to be a month of the year. This where you can use your stash to embellish the front of each envelope as much or as little as you want.
Of the remaining 3, using what ever scrap alpha stickers or stamps you have, label one for “Christmas”, “Birthday” and “Thank You”.
By all means, you don’t have to stop here, if you make bulk Valentine’s Cards for school or if you have a generic seasonal card that you make in bulk, add an envelope for that too.
In my “Birthday” envelope, I put generic birthday cards that I make for the other kids in my daughter’s and son’s classes. At the beginning of every school year as soon as the class lists come home, I figure out the number of kids in each class and make half that number in birthday cards. That way when a birthday party comes around, they’re already made and just have to be labeled and signed. Same goes for the “Christmas” envelope – put in Christmas cards for swaps, classroom sharing, extras…
If you are not able to obtain chipboard in the correct dimensions, you can stop here. Go to an office supply store and get a 3″ ring binder and with the help of a standard 3-hole punch, you can store your envelopes in the binder. Otherwise…
To make the covers, paint both chipboard sheets front and back and again, using your stash, stamps, whatever is on hand, embellish the front. You need to paint both sides because the paint will cause the chipboard to expand so if only one side is painted, it will bend and will not lie flat.
Once they are dry, using your favourite binding method bind the entire album together. When the cards go in, the whole thing can get a little bulky so at this point, I like to add some ribbon, roughly about a half yard, to tie the album together to keep the whole thing nice and tidy. To make sure your holes line up hold both covers together and punch 2 holes using a Crop-a-dile. Cut the ribbon in half and tie each piece to a cover .