Mini Album with 4″ by 8″ Policy Envelope Style Pages: The Instructions

Finished 4x8 policy envelope album (front).

I thought it would be nice to have the instructions to make the policy envelope mini album all in one place. You can always refer back to the other posts about this mini album for more details. Here we go.

Tools

  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Metal or metal-edged ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Crop-a-dile, Big Bite or other heavy-duty hole punch 1/8″
  • Punches (optional)–I used a corner rounder, a scalloped edge punch, and the Artisan Label and Modern Label punches from Stampin’ Up!

Materials

  • Glue or other strong adhesive
  • Ink for inking edges of cardstock
  • 8 sheets of 65 lb. 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock for the pages, for the covers, for the spacers
  • 3 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock for flaps, belly bands, tags and inserts
  • Patterned paper to cover pages and cover of album–2 sheets of 12″ x 12″ for the covers, 5 sheets of 8″ x 8″ or 3 sheets of 12″ x 12″ patterned paper for the pages (Minimum). These are the bare minimum amounts. These amounts do not include paper to decorate flaps and tags. I actually used 27 pieces of 6″ x 6″ paper. It would have been more efficient to use 8″ x 8″ or 12″ x 12″ patterned paper, but 6″ x 6″ was what I had. I also used about 3 or 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ patterned paper and about 5 sheets of plain textured cardstock from a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ matstack.
  • 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ chipboard for covers and spacers or 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ plus a 4″ x 5 3/4″ piece
  • 2 pieces 2 1/2″ x 9″ of fabric or Tyvek to reinforce the binding hinge on the cover
  • 1 yard ribbon, twine or another type of strong fiber for the binding
  • Embellishments–I used embellishments made of paper, 5 buttons and some bakers twine. Use whatever suits your style.
  • Photos, of course

To Make the Pages (5 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock)

  1. Score 5 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in the following manner: On the 11″ side, score at 1 1/2″ and 9 1/2″. Turn the cardstock so the 8 1/2″ side is at the top and score at 2 1/4″ and 6 1/4″. It doesn’t matter which way you turn your cardstock to score it.
  2. Make a tick mark either with your scoring tool or with a pencil 1/4″ before the 9 1/2″ score line. This would be at 9 1/4″ from the left edge of the cardstock.
  3. Draw a line from the tick mark on the top edge of the cardstock to the intersection of the 9 1/2″ and 2 1/4″ score lines and from the bottom edge of the cardstock to the intersection of the 9 1/2″ and 6 1/4″ score lines.
  4. Cut along the angled lines drawn in Step 3. Turn and cut along the 2 1/4″ and 6 1/4″ score lines. You will be cutting out two of the corners made by the score lines on one end of the cardstock.
  5. Fold along all the score lines. Burnish the folds with a bone folder. Fold the 1 1/2″ score line backwards and forwards. This section makes the fold that turns the pages in the album.
  6. Fold one of the sides of the envelope closed. Glue along the edge of the outside of the flap. Glue along the inside edge of the other flap and fold together to glue the envelope.
  7. Round the corners of the closure flap if you wish.

Click here for illustrations of how to score, cut and glue the pages.

The Flaps, Belly Bands and Tags (3 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock)

  1. From each sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock, cut a 4″ x 12″ strip. Keep one of the strips whole for the z-fold insert. Cut one of the strips into two 4″ x 5″ pieces. These will make the belly bands. Cut the last strip down to 3 7/8″ x 12″. Cut the strip in half at 6″ to make two 3 7/8″ x 6″ pieces. These will be the tags that insert into the belly bands.
  2. From one of the remaining 8″ x 12″ pieces, cut four 4″ x 6″ pieces. These will be the flaps for pages 2 and 4.
  3. From the two remaining pieces of 8″ x 12″ cardstock, cut the 8″ side down to 7 7/8″. On the 12″ side, cut three pieces at 3 7/8″. This will give you a total of six pieces of 3 7/8″ x 7 7/8″. These make up the inserts for the envelope pockets in each page. Note: Here is where I would change the inserts to 3 3/4″ x 7 7/8″. They fit into the envelope pockets a little easier than the 3 7/8″ width once the photos and patterned paper are attached to them.
  4. For the belly bands, score the two pieces of 5″ x 4″ cardstock at 1/2″ and 4 1/2″ on the 5″ side. You can use a decorative edge punch along the 5″ sides if you so desire. Be aware that an edge punch will make your belly band narrower.
  5. For the flaps on pages 2 and 4, score the four 4″ x 6″ pieces at 1″ on the 6″ side.
  6. For the z-fold flap, score the 4″ x 12″ piece of cardstock at 6 1/2″ on the 12″ side. Flip the cardstock over so the back side is facing up. Score at 1″ on the 12″ side.
  7. Use the 1/2″ tabs on the belly bands and the 1″ tabs on the z-fold and other flaps to glue them to the pages.

I placed all the flaps so they would be centered on the pages. You can arrange them in any way that pleases you. Click here for illustrations of the cutting and scoring of the flaps. Click here for photos of the flaps attached to the pages.

The Covers and Page Spacers (2 pieces 8 1/2″ x 11″ chipboard, 3 sheets 8 1/2″x 11″ cardstock, 2 strips of fabric 2 1/2″ x 9″)

  1. Cut one piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ chipboard in half on the 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″. Cut both pieces of chipboard at 8 1/2″ to give you two pieces measuring 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. Cut the remaining pieces at 1 7/16″ to give you two pieces measuring 4 1/4″ x 1 7/16″. (7/16″ is just before the 1/2″ mark.)
  2. Cut the other piece of chipboard into two 4″ x 11″ pieces. Cut each of these pieces into 4″ x 1 7/16″ pieces. You will need 12 of these 4″ x 1 7/16″ pieces for the spacers
  3. Cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock into two pieces measuring 4 1/4″ x 9 1/2″.
  4. Cut two strips of fabric measuring 2 1/2″ x 9″.  Glue each piece of fabric approximately in the middle of the backs of the 4 1/4″ x 9″ cardstock. You can use tacky glue or a fabric glue, just make sure that the glue you use is somewhat flexible after it is dry. Let the pieces dry.
  5. Glue the pieces of chipboard that you cut in Step 1 to the piece of cardstock with the fabric glued to it. The fabric side needs to be between the cardstock and the chipboard. There needs to be a gap of 3/16″ or 1/4″ between the 4 1/4″ x 1 7/16″ and the 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ pieces of chipboard.
  6. Trim the cardstock so you have a flap to fold over the chipboard but no excess when wrapping the covers. Here is what it should look like.

    Chipboard glued to cardstock trimmed to wrap around cover.

    Steps 5 and 6.

  7. Glue the area of chipboard that will be covered by the cardstock piece. Add glue to the one end of the cardstock. Wrap (fold) the cardstock around the chipboard to finish gluing the hinge section of the covers. Click here to see an illustration of the steps.
  8. Cover the rest of the chipboard with patterned paper or cardstock. You will need two pieces measuring 5 3/4″ x 9″ for the outside of the covers. You will need two pieces measuring 4″ x 8 1/4″ for the inside of the covers. Glue the paper on the outside of the cover first. Wrap the extra paper around and glue to the inside of the cover. Glue the 4″ x 8 1/4″ paper inside the cover. Be sure to pay attention to the direction of the printing to get it right-side up. Also remember that the front and back covers are mirror images, so don’t glue them facing the exact same way.
  9. To make the spacers, glue two pieces of 4″ x 1 7/16″ chipboard together.
  10. Cut six pieces of cardstock measuring 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. You will need either one sheet of 12″ x 12″ or two sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ to get six pieces of this size.
  11. Glue a spacer to each piece of 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock. Miter the corners. Glue the cardstock and wrap it around the chipboard spacers. The illustration below shows the steps for wrapping the cardstock around the spacers. Alternatively, you could paint or ink the spacers instead of covering them with cardstock. I think covering them gives a more finished look.
Wrapping spacers in cardstock

Wrapping the spacers in cardstock.

The Binding (1 yard ribbon)

  1. Punch 3 holes in a spacer. I punched the holes at 3/4″ from the long side. I punched one hole in the center at 2″ and the other two holes 1/2″ from the top and bottom.
  2. Use the spacer from Step 1 to mark the holes in the other spacer and the pages. Punch all the holes.
  3. Use the spacer from Step 1 to mark the holes for the covers. Place the long edge of the spacer along the edge of the cover but center the spacer from top to bottom. (The cover is 1/4″ higher than the pages and the spacers.) Punch the holes in the cover.
  4. Glue the spacers to the pages, making sure that the holes line up. Start and end with a spacer.
  5. Line up your covers and spacers and pages so all the holes are aligned.
  6. Bind the album together using 1 yard of ribbon or twine. Thread your ribbon on a needle with a large eye. From the front cover, sew the ribbon through the center hole to the back. Leave a tail at the front for tying the ribbon together. Wrap the ribbon around the edge of the spine and insert the needle into the center hole from the front. Bring the needle to the bottom hole and go in through the back. Wrap the ribbon around the edge of the spine and insert the needle again through the bottom hole from the back. Your ribbon should again be on the front side of the album. Sew the ribbon through the center hole and out the back of the album. Bring the ribbon through the top hole from the back to the front. Wrap the ribbon around the edge of the spine and bring it through the back of the top hole. Your ribbon should again be on the front side of the album. Remove the needle and adjust the ribbon through the hole so it is even when both ends are brought together at the center hole. Tie the ends of the ribbon together with a double knot.Your ribbon should look like a backwards E. You can finish off your ribbon with a bow or trim it to a good length.

That’s it for constructing the album. All that’s left is the decorating. You can decorate the pages before or after you bind the album. I find it easier to decorate before the pages are bound.

To the best of my ability, I have included all of the supplies needed and the instructions on how to put together this mini album. There is a possibility, however, that I forgot something. If anything is unclear, leave a comment and I will be glad to help. Also leave any corrections that are needed in these instructions.

This album was designed by me. I want you to use my design as it pleases you. Feel free to make modifications. You have my permission to make this album for your personal use or to sell. If you use my design to teach a class, please credit me as the designer. If you share this design on your blog or video, please link back to this post. That’s all I ask. Have fun making this album for yourself. I must say I loved the way it turned out. I hope you will love it, too.

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Mini Album with 4″ by 8″ Policy Envelope Style Pages: The Cover and Binding

The photo album is done! Well, I have to finish the journaling, but that can be done later. The cover and binding went together as smoothly as I hoped it would. Love it when projects go that way.

The first thing I did was cut some chipboard for the covers. Each cover is made up of two pieces of chipboard so the covers will bend to allow the album to be opened. The piece on the left side that will contain the binding is cut at 4 1/4″ by 1 7/16″. Since I scored my pages at 1 1/2″, the binding piece is just a hair narrower than 1 1/2″. This will allow the pages to turn freely without being restricted by the chipboard. The main part of the cover is cut at 4 1/4″ by 8 1/2″. I generally like my covers to be 1/4″ taller than my pages and 1/2″ wider. To make both covers, I cut two of each size of chipboard. I used Grafix medium weight chipboard. If you choose to use cereal boxes for your chipboard, I would recommend gluing two layers together for a thicker, sturdier cover.

Chipboard for covers and spacers

Chipboard sizes for cover (left and center) and spacers (right).

I wanted some spacers to go between my pages so that the pages would lay flat and have room for the tags and photos. I made spacers to place between each page and the covers. I cut twelve pieces of chipboard to 4″ by 1 7/16″. I glued two pieces of chipboard together to get the thickness I wanted. I will warn you, I could barely get the spacers into my Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes for the binding. If you wanted to make the spacers thicker, you would need a Big Bite or punches that you hammer to punch the holes.

Wrapping spacers in cardstock

Wrapping the spacers with cardstock.

I wrapped the spacers with cardstock to give them a finished look. I used the same cardstock as I used to make the pages. A piece of cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ by 3 1/2″ covered the spacers nicely. The above picture shows the sequence that I used to wrap the spacers. I did miter the corners of the cardstock to reduce some bulk in the folding of the cardstock. It doesn’t really matter if you fold in the long edge or the short edge first. You could also leave the spacers plain or color them with paint or ink. My spacers turned out to be about 1/8″ thick, which gave me a perfect amount of space between my pages.

I knew I needed to make the hinge on the cover extra sturdy because of all the bending back and forth this type of binding requires to open the album. I lined the cardstock with a piece of fabric. I used muslin because that was what I had in the house. You could also use Tyvek or Kraft-tex. The piece of muslin measures approximately 2 1/2″ by 9″. I glued it to a 9 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock. I did use a fabric glue to do this. I think a tacky glue would also work as long as the glue remained flexible after it dried.

Muslin glued to cardstock to wrap cover hinge.

Muslin glued to back of cardstock.

I glued my chipboard cover pieces to the cardstock. I left a gap of about 3/16″ between the two pieces of chipboard. I cut off some of the excess cardstock to get a nice finished wrap around the edges. You can see the areas I cut off in the photo below. The size of cardstock I used will fit around the front and back of the cover hinge area. Make sure to make note of the direction of your covers so that the cut edges will be on the inside of the cover. I decided to cover the rest of the cover with patterned paper.

Chipboard glued to cardstock trimmed to wrap around cover.

Chipboard for covers glued to cardstock that has been lined with muslin.

In process of wrapping cardstock around chipboard cover.

Wrapping the cardstock around the chipboard.

Hinges of covers wrapped with cardstock (front and back).

Covers wrapped with cardstock over hinged area (front and back).

I used a piece of patterned paper cut to 6″ by 8 1/2″ to wrap the outside of the covers. I cut a piece of patterned paper to 4″ by 7 3/8″ to line the inside of the covers. At this point, you need to be careful to note which direction your covers are going–which will be the back and which will be the front. The easiest way to keep this straight is to lay one of your covers with the binding edge to the right and the other with the binding edge to the left.

To bind the album, I used 1/4″ wide ribbon. I punched three holes in the cover, spacers and pages. The holes are a little to the right of center on the binding hinge. The middle hole is centered from top to bottom. The top and bottom holes are 1/2″ from the edges of the pages. I used the holes punched into a spacer to get the correct placement of holes for the covers. Remember that the cover is 1/4″ larger than the pages.

I’ll try to explain how I sewed the ribbon through the binding holes. Technical difficulties prevent me from showing you a picture. I went through the center hole from the top, wrapped the ribbon around the outside of the spine and back through the top of the center hole. From the back of the center hole, I went through the back of the bottom hole. I brought the ribbon out the front of the bottom hole, wrapped it around the outside of the cover and went in through the hole from the back. I came through the bottom hole on the front and went back into the center hole. I brought the ribbon through the top hole from the back and wrapped the ribbon around the outside of the spine. Going through the back again brought the ribbon out of the top hole on the front side of the cover. I could then tie the two ends of the ribbon together. Whew! Did you get all that? It’s not really as complicated as it sounds. The idea is to start and end on the front of the cover. The rest is just wrapping the ribbon around the outside of the spine and between the holes. Easy, right? Don’t be intimidated. It really is easier than it sounds.

This is it, the finished album. I made accordion rosettes to decorate the front. I chose the title “Remember This” for my album. Maybe it should have a question mark after the title because, boy, are some of those pictures old.

Finished 4x8 policy envelope album (front).

Finished album.

Unfortunately, my camera batteries died just after taking the picture of the front cover of the album so I don’t have more detailed pictures of the binding. I am planning on writing a summary of the making of this album so you will have all the materials, tools needed and measurements in one place. Maybe I can slip a few pictures of the binding into that post. I might even make a YouTube video showing the album. We’ll see how far I get on that endeavor.

If you have any questions about making this mini album, please leave a comment and I will answer you there. If you are shy, you can email me at craftedbysarajean@gmail.com.

Mini album with 4″ by 8″ Policy Envelope Style Pages: Decorated Pages, Part 2

So, can you feel the excitement? If you were sitting here at my craft table, you would be able to feel it. The mini album is nearing completion. This is always an exciting time in the creation of a mini album, when the pages are coming together and it’s about time to bind the whole thing into a completed book.

I have a confession to make. I have never made a photo album. I have made journals. I have kept memorabilia. But I have never made an album where I finished placing photos into a book. I am having so much fun. I love it! Why did no one tell me that this was so much fun? Ummm, wait. I think several people did tell me. Now I have the time and inclination to finish an album. I played around with placing the patterned paper to my liking in the album. I cropped my photos to fit the space on the page or to remove unnecessary background images from the photos. Remember, these were old photos I was working with, before the age of digital editing. I still need to work on my embellishment of the pages. I noticed in one of my pictures that I had planned on placing a flower on the flap of the last page. Can you spot the place? Just use your imagination for now to see a flower there. Ha ha.

In the previous post, I told you I would give you the measurements for the flaps and belly bands I added to the front of the pages.

For the belly bands, I used cardstock from the mat stack that was already sized to 4 1/2″ wide. I cut the height to 5″ and scored the cardstock at 1/2″ from each end on the 5″ side. I used a scallop border punch to make a decorative edge. My punch took off quite a bit of cardstock. If I was not using a mat stack, I would have made the width a little wider so my finished size was 4″ wide. In my example, I show to cut a piece of cardstock 5″ by 4″ and score at 1/2″ and 4 1/2″ on the 5″ side. Fold back on the score lines to make your glue tabs. Glue the tabs to the top and bottom of your page to make the belly band. This will give you a 4″ by 4″ area on the front of the band to decorate or place a picture. I made two of the belly bands, one for page 1 and one for page 5. I cut the tag inserts to 3 7/8″ by 6″. The inserts could be shorter or longer than 6″, but can’t be taller than 3 7/8″ to fit inside the belly band.

For the flaps on pages 2 and 4, I cut Very Vanilla cardstock from Stampin’ Up! to 4″ by 6″ per flap. I scored them at 1″ from the left side on the 6″ side. This gave me a 1″ glue tab which I can use to write a title or journaling for the photo. I cut a total of four flaps, two per page. You can add up to four flaps of this size to each page in this mini album.

For the z-fold flap on page 3, I used a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 4″ by 12″. I scored this piece at 1″ and 6 1/2″ on the 12″ side. I folded the first score line backwards and the second score line forwards to make the z-fold. I got all of my flaps from one sheet of 12″ by 12″ cardstock. If you are using a different size of cardstock to make your flaps, feel free to adjust the  measurements to your liking. You can add as many to your album as will fit. I liked the simplicity and the symmetry of the ones I used.

Flap and belly band measurements for 4x8 policy envelope mini

Belly band and flap sizes and score lines.

I cut inserts for the envelope pockets at 3 7/8″ by 7 7/8″. This is the largest you can cut the tags so they will fit into the envelopes. I learned that if you put cardstock and photos on both sides of the tag, the tags should be cut at 3 3/4″ wide. If you don’t like dealing with eighths of an inch, feel free to cut the tags to 3 3/4″ by 7 3/4″. This is a perfectly good size. If I make this album again, I might just do that myself.

Page insert maximum size for 4x8" policy envelope.

Here are the backs of the pages of the mini album. I used pieces of patterned paper from the 6″ by 6″ paper pads. I cut them to 4″ by 6″. I trimmed the left edge of the paper to match the opening of the envelope. I used scraps of patterned paper to finish covering the page. I used cardstock from the mat stacks and scraps to decorate the flaps of the envelopes.

4x8 policy envelope mini Pages 1, 2 and 3 back

Pages 1, 2 and 3 (backs).

4x8 policy envelope mini Pages 4 and 5 backs

Pages 4 and 5 (backs).

The white pieces of paper are covering photos of people who might not want their pictures spread all over the internet. The last pictures are of me so I didn’t cover them. Wow, look at those 80’s glasses!

Next week, I’ll show you how I make the cover and bind the album. The mini will be completed then. Can’t wait!

Mini Album with 4″ by 8″ Policy Envelope Style Pages: Decorated Pages, Part 1

I have been working on the pages for my mini album. The paper I used has a casual, fun feel to it. It reminds me of fabric from the 1940’s (one of my favorite fashion eras). It also reminds me of an old farm-house style, hence the name “Front Porch” for the main paper line I used. I guess the people knew what they were doing when they named that collection.

I used paper from the 6″ x 6″ pad of “Front Porch” by Pebbles. I have used a few sheets of 12″ x 12″ papers from a pad called “Regent Street” by Recollections. That is the brown and green background papers you see on pages 1, 2, 3 and 5. I have also used a few pieces of solid-colored cardstock by The Paper Studio from the Textured Cardstock Darks pad in the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ size. I used that cardstock to make the belly bands on pages 1 and 5. I used Very Vanilla cardstock from Stampin’ Up! for the tags and flaps.

I am very pleased with how the pages have turned out. They went together easily. I usually find it easier to decorated the pages when I like the paper I’m working with. Funny how that happens. Here are the pages I have finished so far.

Pages 1, 2 and 3 (fronts)

Pages 1, 2 and 3 (fronts)

Pages 4 and 5 (fronts)

Pages 4 and 5 (fronts)

Pages 1 and 5 (fronts) with the tags removed from the belly bands.

Pages 1 and 5 (fronts) with the tags removed from the belly bands.

Pages 2 and 4 (fronts) with one flap open.

Pages 2 and 4 (fronts) with one flap open.

Pages 2 and 4 (fronts) with both flaps open.

Pages 2 and 4 (fronts) with both flaps open.

Page 3 (front) with z-fold open to the right.

Page 3 (front) with z-fold open to the right.

Page 3 (front) with z-fold open to the left.

Page 3 (front) with z-fold open to the left.

I will decorate the backs of the pages and give you measurements for the tags, flaps and belly bands next week. Hope you’ll stop by then.

Mini Album with 4″ by 8″ Policy Envelope Style Pages: The Pages

I have made a few mini albums, but I have yet to make one for myself that holds pictures. I have a pile of photos from my teenage years when I first got a camera (real film!). Back in the day, pictures were printed out at a standard size of 3″ x 5″  3 1/2″ x 5″. I decided to make the pages of my mini album 4″ x 8″. I think this size will house the smaller photos nicely with plenty of room for journaling.

When I design pages for an album, I like to have as little waste as possible. I decided on a design that looks much like a policy envelope. Each page is made from one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock. The only waste is from the corners that are removed to create the envelope’s flap.

You can make as many pages as you like. I am going to start with five pages made from Neenah 65 lb. Kraft cardstock. The binding I plan to use makes it very easy to add more pages to the album later. No worries about having to tear apart the cover to change the pages. I will show you how to make the cover and binding in the last post in this series. I think you’ll like it.

SCORING THE PAGES

For each page, you will need one 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. With the 11″ side of your cardstock facing the top, score your cardstock at 1 1/2″ and 9 1/2″. Make a tick mark at 9 1/4″ (1/4″ before the 9 1/2″ score line) on the top and bottom edges. Turn your cardstock so the 8 1/2″ side is at the top. Score at 2 1/4″ and 6 1/4″.

First image of score lines for 4x8 policy envelope for mini album tutorial.

8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock with score marks shown.

Draw a line from the 1/4″ tick mark from the edge of the cardstock to where the 2 1/4″ and 9 1/2″ score lines intersect on one side and from the other edge to where the 6 1/4″ and 9 1/2″ score lines intersect.

4x8" policy env with scoring and cutting lines marked.

Draw in the angled cut lines with a pencil.

Cut along the line you drew from the 1/4″ tick marks. Cut off the upper and lower right corners as shown below. You can cut off the rectangles and the triangle at the same time. No need to make two cuts.

4x8 policy envelope page with 1/4" triangle removed.

Angled cutting edge with corners removed.

You have the option to keep the cut line straight along the 9 1/2″  score line instead of angled in from the 1/4″ tick marks. I think it looks better to cut a straight line if you want to use a circle punch to make a thumb hole in your envelope opening. Or you can just keep the edge of the envelope straight without the thumb hole. Your choice.

4x8 policy env tutorial 2

Optional straight cutting edge. No need to make the tick marks at 9 1/4″ or draw the angled line with this option.

ASSEMBLING THE PAGES

Crease all your score lines. Fold one of the sides in toward the center of the envelope. Apply glue (or your favorite adhesive) to the outside edge. Apply glue to the inside edge of the other side. Fold the glued sides together to make the envelope. The bottom of the envelope can remain open at this time.

Note: if you are using tape adhesive you will need to use one that is less than 1/4″ wide. A wider tape will leave a sticky border down the center of your envelope.

Glue lines for 4x8" policy envelope page.

Apply two thin lines of glue to make the envelope.

I rounded the corners of the flap closure. You could punch the edge with a decorative border punch or leave the corners square. Again, your choice. Don’t you love crafting and being able to create whatever style suits your mood?

4x8 policy env tutorial 5

Five policy envelope style pages ready to be decorated for my mini album.

In the next two posts, I will show you how I decorate the pages. I am planning on using the 6″ x 6″ paper pads “Front Porch” by Pebbles, “Mayberry” by American Crafts and “Pretty Party” by Crate Paper. No guarantees though. I usually change my mind as I go along. Crafter’s prerogative, right?