Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you are a fan of all things Victorian, then you are going to love this Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial.  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Normally I would tell you to grab a cuppa and a snack while we talk all things papercrafting.  But this Victorian Christmas Album seems to call for china cups, linen napkins, silver spoon and crumpets.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of re-organizing and purging my tiny studio.  As is always the case, I found some forgotten goodies that inspired this Throwback Thursday.  Prima’s Victorian Christmas Collection was released in 2015.  I fell in love with it immediately.  All those jolly Victorian Santa Claus images,  sweet birds and vintage toys captured my imagination.   When i also found a forgotten stash of 5″ x 7″ burgundy envelopes, the concept for this envelope album was born.

Now,  I did not invent the idea of using envelopes to make a mini album.  It’s been around forever.  But I did make a few innovations to make the concept my own.  I’ve created a little video tutorial to guide you through the steps of making the album base with something wonderful from your crafty stash.

Some Helpful Tips and Tricks

This album measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  That’s because I used envelopes for 5″ x 7″ cards.  But you can use whatever size envelopes you have in your stash as long as they are all the same width and height as one another.

Adding canvas and fabric to the cover design really strengthens and reinforces the album spine.  Ranger Industries makes a Sticky Back Canvas that is really easy to work with.   I highly recommend it.  Just measure it to size, peel off the backing and press it in place.  Easy peasy!

If you choose to use a fabric spine as I did for this album, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  • First, don’t use fabric that is too thick or stiff.  It will make it hard to open the cover.
  • Next, stitching around the edges will keep the fabric from fraying.  If you don’t sew, you can use a product called Fray Stop for this purpose.
  • Stitch your buttons in place before you adhere the fabric spine to the base.
  • Adhere your fabric spine with a strong adhesive like Red Line Tape or Scor-Tape.
The Picture Show

This little gold letter box is a charm that came as an add on to the collection.  Fill it with festive greenery for a fun detail.

Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to build up lots and lots of layers.  Look for Christmas greenery in the floral department of your craft store.  The Christmas pick this greenery came from was on clearance.  I love a good deal!

A Peek Inside

Because Victorian Christmas had a countdown cut apart page, I decided to turn my album into a December Daily.  You’ll see all the details in the video tutorial and tour below, but I thought you might like to see a few detail shots here as well.

Double waterfalls with magnetic closures offer a great way to use up scraps.

Use a circle die to create an interesting edge on your envelope pocket pages.  These also make it easier get photos and recipes in and out of the pockets.

There are so many wonderful Victorian Santa Claus images in this collection.  It just makes a fun lap book, even without photos or journaling.  But I included lots of room for both.

TIP:  Add even more of a Victorian Vibe to your envelopes by brushing the edges with gold paint.  I did not have any gold paint in the studio.  So I brushed the edges with Prima Gold Crackle paste.  It worked beautifully.

Envelope Album Tutorial

If you’d like to see how to create the envelope album base, please enjoy this tutorial and video tour with tips and tricks.


Do you have this collection in your stash?  Or have you ever made an envelope album?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to get into your stash and make something new from something old.  Because many of the products I use for Throwback Thursday are older or retired, I may not be able to link to them.  But I bet you have a suitable substitute in your crafty stash!  



15 thoughts on “Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

  1. Rebecca Rosas

    I love this! It’s very inspiring and I love all the goodies on the cover and spine! Do you have a video that shows you adhering fabric to the cover of books/albums?

  2. Claire Gagne

    OOOOPS, missed this one. I love it Kathy. I love doing things like this project. Will have to give it a try with some envies I have left over. Be safe & TYFS

  3. Sharon Betts

    So beautiful! I love watching your videos. I learn new things every time. Thanks for sharing these.

  4. soozyb2013

    Okay now this one takes the cake and you can eat it too. Just stunning Kathy, I love it!!!! All the yummy stuff! Your mind is an amazing place!!! Hugs from Victoria, BC

  5. Dana R

    Absolutely love this album! Think I’ll go through my stash and see what I have to make one. I have been wanting to make something for a friend with a new little one and this would be perfect for Christmas. Your projects are amazing – thanks for sharing your gifts and talents! ❤️

  6. Becky

    I’ve missed your traditional albums. Please do more! Sorry someone beat me to it on Etsy!!!
    Thank you for the tutorial!

  7. Charlotte

    Kathy how incredibly generous you are to make this and share it with us. It is wonderful! I’m itching to get to my craft table, which has been buried under lumber and sawdust as my partner finishes window trim. Well, today I’m takIng it back. Hugs to you 🙂

  8. MaryH

    You’ve done it again – WoW this is gorgeous. Love the paper and your creation is beyond beautiful. I am saving the tutorial for tonight and know I will want to try this. Thanks Kathy!

  9. Joni E

    Great video as always. You make all the projects look so easy! Thanks for the inspiration as I just happen to have this collection in my stash!!

  10. Priscilla Hughs

    This is so inspiring! I love making anything Christmas and this looks like a fun and easy project for any Christmas collection! Thanks loads, always appreciate your time and effort’

  11. Gena L Krannig

    Oh Kathy, this album is simply stunning! I do love all things Victorian. This paper collection and the images truly impart that nostalgic, warm and cozy feeling for Christmas. The front of this album is an absolute dream to look at! I love every embellishment, especially the letter box, buttons and bells. And the inside of course is filled with such beautiful delights. Going now to see the video! Thank you for sharing this fantastic creation! Hugs!

  12. Susan Steele

    Ohhhh my!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I adore anything Victorian!!! And burgundy is my all time favorite color! Oh how I wish I had these papers in my stash …not sure how I missed them years ago…oh well …I’ll dig in my stash and see what I can come up with. Luv each page of your envelope album creation! And yes I’ve made an envelope album before …its somewhere …but luv your construction of the envelopes much better. Soon as I get a free moment …I gotta try this! Luv the gold edges! And I must watch for end of Christmas card sales and catch some burgundy envelopes! Wow! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration yet again Kathy! Your the besr! Hugs, Suzy Q

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