Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial and Project Share
Hello, Friends! Today’s Carta Bella Home Again Flip Book Tutorial was inspired by a cleaning session in the studio. Does that ever happen to you? There you are, cleaning the cubby holes in your desk when you find an old 5″ x 7″ envelope and the light bulb goes off in your brain. That’s what happened to me. I could suddenly see a quick and easy way to create a pocket style flip book using the envelope as the base. Join me as I share some fun tips and tricks that I’m sure you will want to use the next time you find a stray envelope lurking on your desktop!
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Farmhouse Freshness
I love the farmhouse vibe of this gorgeous collection. To amp up that fresh farmhouse feel, I dry brushed all the edges of the cover with a little white chalk paint. This softens the hard edges and adds a wonderful vintage distressed feel to the project. Follow suit with the flowers, and embellishments. The bow is Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Chevron Twill and White Iridescent Metallic String. (Find a linked supply list at the end of this post.)
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: A Peek Inside
The envelope pocket is located on the left hand side of this tri-fold folio. This is such a quick and easy way to add a pocket page to a project that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!
TIP: Use your scraps to create cute little magnetic flap pages. My scraps were 3″ x 12″. Score at 2 3/4″ and again at 8 1/2″. Shape the corners of the short panel with a corner punch. Add magnets and voila! Almost instant flap folio! These make great hidden journaling spots. They are also super cute with photo booth sized photos. Or….
…turn one into a sweet little tea wallet!
TIP: Washi tape is a quick and easy way to attach items like this vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Flips and Flaps
The center panel houses a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″waterfall feature. To change things up a bit, I created a pocket for the top waterfall panel. Then I filled it with photo mounts and little fussy cut tags from the paper collection. There’s a hidden journaling spot on the bottom.
TIP: Create a neat turn tab with the off cut from the pocket page. Use an oval die to cut the shaped pocket and you’ll have the nifty turn tab you see on the right.
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: The Back Cover
Put the back cover of the folio to good use by creating a hidden flap page and pocket assembly. Score an 8 1/2″ 6″ panel of designer paper at 4 1/4″. Fold in half. Add a magnetic closure and you’re half way there. Create a pocket for the front of the folio and fill with ephemera. Since I had another scrap of cardstock lying around, I folded it in half to make a little 3″ x 5″ folio for the pocket.
The hidden page has room for another photo and a lovely sentiment panel.
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial Video
Because I thought you might be interested in making a folio like this one, I put together a very quick tutorial showing you how to build the base. This is not a full tutorial! But between the project tour, this blog post and the base tutorial, you’ll have lots of good tricks to help you build your own version of this fun project.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Carta Bella Home Again Collection