Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

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.




If you’d like to see other projects that I’ve made with Home Again, click HERE and HERE.

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!




8 thoughts on “Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial

  1. Susan Steele

    I luv this idea of an envelope flip book! I finally get it. Must of been a brain fog! Can’t wait to try your idea. So I glue my designer paper inside envelope, cover envelope inside front and then diecut oval out for pocket opening??? I think. Then embellish as we like on all pages. I think i have it! Still playing catch up! Thanks for sharing this one! Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Helen

    Wow! That’s the word that I uttered over and over as I watched your video tutorial, Kathy. This project is amazing. The cover design is awesome…then came all those pieces on the inside–so many fun pieces and surprises. Even the back has a pocket of goodies. This project is so inspiring. tfs & Hugs!

  3. Priscilla Hughs

    So happy I can follow you via my iPhone! Spending a week at a military base in Nevada camping in our trailer before leaving next week for Southern California to visit family! And another military base at Coronado! Love seeing what you’ve dreamt up, have some paper and score board with me, of course. Love this collection and what you did with it! Cheers!

  4. Gena L Krannig

    Oh Kathy, how I love this paper collection and I LOVE the beautiful things you are creating with it. This envelope book is such a wonderful up cycle design. Your decorative elements as always are so beautiful and the sentiments you’ve used are so sweet. It’s always a delight to see a video of how you make your creations. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

    PS- matching washi tape! How awesome is that?

  5. Sue D

    Love how this turned out. I have been finding all kinds of envelopes when cleaning my craft room–will have to try this.

  6. Cheryl Wells

    Super cute, Kathy!! Love all the different embellishments – makes it really interesting to look at – great work, as usual!!!

  7. soozyb2013

    You attention to the wee details is amazing. This is lovely and makes me want Spring even faster. The colour of papers and ribbon, love it. Thanks for sharing Kathy. You never cease to amaze!!!!!

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