Thursday, 15 November 2012

Envelope Year Book

This has been a labour of love, an envelope book which I have made for each of my sons families - I thought I would give them on Christmas Day after lunch, when everyone is full of food and wine and the children are hopefully playing with their new toys.........

I decided to print out photos that they have sent me, or have posted on Facebook. The book is made from office size envelopes (I will do a photo tutorial next week, just didn't have time before doing this picture heavy post.........



because the envelopes are open at the sides, that leaves lots of spaces to put tags


here's what the spine looks like, because of the way it's constructed, it is quite flexible with plenty of 'give' to allow for all the bulk of the decorated pages....



This one is for Edward, so full of photos of Max and Milo taken at various times of the year.....

I used some of the pull out tags to hold decorated pages with more photos....






Can you see on the page below, that I added extra space by extending the pattern paper covering the previous page then folding it over and creasing into a Z shape. The scallop blue piece on the right hand side also lifts up to show another photo.......


Not a good photo, but I wanted to show you the effect of the two decorated pages, and a tag pulled out to continue the story...


and because I had a lot of photos of their holiday, the flap on the right hand side is doubled, so there are four more photos when you lift the flap.....


I didn't want it to be all photos, so I printed out all the funny little things that the children had said over the year - those little anecdotes that are so easily forgotten as time goes by


Making space for the photos and anecdotes was a challenge, in the next shot, the flap on the left with the soldier was folded over to make a pocket, and I made little tags to fit inside the pocket.....



which when they are pulled out show the photo underneath, and they have photos or sayings on each side.....


So all in all a very busy little book, just how I like them, lots of surprises, things to pull, and things to push! It's still a work in progress, but I hope you've enjoyed looking at it. I will show you James's book when I put together a step by step on how to make them

29 comments:

Nancy said...

Beautiful book and great idea! Know it will be a treasure for years to come.
Hugs,
Nancy in Ohio

eiyiyi said...

What a wonderful book Enfys! Can't wait to see the video. Those grands of yours are just gorgeous. hugs, eileen

Kristie Maynard said...

How lovely! They are going to love these little books! Thanks for sharing this with us.

snappy scrappy said...

So cute...love the kids captions...too funny! Lee-Ann :)

ursula Uphof said...

Enfys, what a fabulous idea. I am sure they will love them. Looking forward to your tutorial. Hugs, Ursula

Caroline said...

Enfys what a fabulous idea for storing photos and what a beautiful keepsake. The photo's of your grandchildren are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

ribenaruby said...

Hi Enfys, this is a super idea..love the structure of it and all the peeky bits and pieces. Excellent way to give a practical gift..absolutely love it! Ruby x

nannapat said...

Enfys, what a fantastic idea! So much love and work has gone into it and it will be treasured by Edward and admirred by all who see it. Pat x

AndreaA said...

Great Album Enfys.
You family will love them.
I bet the kids will love looking at all the picture in your albums.

Jackie said...

Love the book! What a great idea to incorporate all the cute and funny things the kiddies say or do - and you have so many of them. Can't wait for the tutorial.

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Fabulous Enfys - certainly a lot of love went into that. What a lovely keepsake to treasure. Have a great day.

Barbara in AZ said...

What a great gift of memories!

Rosie said...

love it great job

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Jessica said...

I watched the video. What a great idea. And quick too! Easy little gifts! TFS big hugs. Jess

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

What an incredible gift to give your children! When the kids are so little, parents often don't have the time to get all this stuff preserved. They are lucky to have you!

Nannieflash said...

Oh wow Enfys James is going to love his envelope book its just stunning, love the photos to. hugs Shirleyxxxx

MizMaryAnn said...

Such a treasure Enfys. I know you had a real pleasure making them for your family and a few laughs also. I'm looking forward to the instructions.

Patty said...

This is darling Enfys...they'll love it!

Cheryl W said...

Fantastic book! It'll be enjoyed for decades to come.

pcrusberg said...

Such a perfect gift. They're going to love them. I like that you included the funny things the kids had said. It's true that they are forgotten much too quickly. Thanks!

BCGramma said...

Wow, that is a totally incredible book. I can't wait to see the tutorial. I agree with you about writing those little spoken gems down. the older I get, the more I have forgotten what my girls said when they were little. I now try and write down what my grandkids say. Have a great week.

Sandra H said...

Oh so gorgeous Enfys is this creation xx

Maryellen Webbber said...

What a wonderful job and a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing
Enfys!

Jan Lynn said...

What a grand idea! I look forward to the details of constucting these books.

KathyM said...

what a wonderful collection of pictures and memories. I can't wait to see the tutorial.

freetimegone said...

OMG! That is awesome. I look forward to seeing the video so maybe I can make one too. It would be great to do one for my granddaughter. Everyone is sure to enjoy their books.

Craftychris said...

This is absolutely fabulous! Such a wonderful keepsake. I have just seen the tutorial is there so will have a look at it later with a cuppa! thank you xx

CyndiU said...

WOW, now this is what I call a labor of love. You are awesome!!!
Hugs, CyndiU

Carin said...

What a lovely and wonderful idea. That truly is a labour of love!! Thank you for showing us. Love from Carin (the Netherlands)