10 Things I Love About You Envelope Book

Welcome Sizzix blog hoppers!  Today on the Sizzix blog we are celebrating the new Eileen Hull From the Heart collection with a fun blog hop with projects that are all about love!

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For my project, I created a small hinged ring book using the Eileen Hull Gift Card Holder as my inside pocket pages.  I cut a rectangle cover sized to match the pocket pages.  I embellished the cover and pockets with die cuts by Eileen Hull and papers and stickers by BasicGrey (Serenade collection).

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Die cut ten Gift Card Holders from assorted patterns of cardstock weight pattern paper.  Add strips of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to the fold lines created by the score blades on the die.  This die has scores blades.  You should use a crease pad when cutting paper with it.

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Fold each envelope along the two fold lines.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to all folds and edges.

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Fold the envelope as shown.  Machine stitch or glue the envelope along the sides.

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Die cut five heart keys from manila cardstock using the Hearts & More die set.  Color the keys with Brushed Silver Distress Stain.

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Die cut five banners from manila cardstock using the Hearts & More die set.  Color the keys with Antique Linen Distress Stain.

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Use a heat tool to dry the stain.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the pieces.

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Apply adhesive to the ends of the banners and keys, leaving the center of each free from adhesive.  Adhere the keys and banners to the pockets so that the tip of the envelope slips under the center of the banners and keys.  This will help keep the envelope closed.

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Lay an assembled envelope on a piece of mat board lining up the top edge of the envelope with an edge of the mat board.  Use a pencil and ruler to add 1/4″ to the bottom and sides.  (I used a 1/4″ Perfect Layers ruler to make it super easy.)  Cut the piece out along the pencil line.  Use the piece as a template to cut a second piece of mat board.

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Cover both sides of the two covers with pattern paper.  Ink the edges using an ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Punch two holes along the top edge of one of the covers.  Use this cover as a template for punching holes in the other cover and along the top edge of each folder.

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Stack the envelopes between the covers.  Place a hinged ring (get these cheap at office supply stores) through the holes of both covers and the envelopes.

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Die cut several layers of Tissue Wrap using the smallest flower on the Eileen Hull Fringed Flower Die.  To make this faster, I folded a larger piece of Tissue Wrap several times and die cut it, cutting several flowers all at once.  Mist the flowers with Broken China Distress Stain placed in a mister bottle.

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Wad the flowers in a dry cloth to crinkle them and remove excess ink.

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Place a piece of Crinkle Ribbon on the craft sheet.  Mist it with water.  Toss it around in the stain left over from the flowers to color it.  Wad the ribbon in a dry cloth to remove extra moisture and to crinkle it.

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Tap the moist flowers and ribbon with Vintage Photo Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.

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Dry the flowers and ribbon with a heat tool.

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Wrap the cover of the book with the ribbon.  Tie the ribbon in a simple bow along the left edge of the book cover.

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Place several layers (I used 5-6) of flowers on a medium sized brad.  (I sanded mine a bit and dabbed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to grunge it up a bit.)  Flatten the prongs on the back of the flower.

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Die cut two sets of leaves and one heart from Hearts & More die set.  Ink the leaves with green Distress Ink (I used what was already on my foam).  Ink the heart with red Distress Ink (I used what was already on my foam).  Mist water onto your hand and flick it onto the leaves and heart to create water spots.  Dry the pieces with a heat tool.  Mist the leaves and heart with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth.  Dry the pieces with a heat tool.  Ink the edges of the leaves and heart with Vintage Photo Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.  Adhere the leaves, heart, and flowers to the book cover in the lower left corner.

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Tear the bottom third of the Library card sticker from the 12×12 sticker sheet in the BasicGrey Serenade collection pack.  Ink the edges of the sticker.  You may find it helpful to sand the edges of all stickers lightly before inking.  Sanding knocks off some of the slick finish which is resistant to the ink.  Mat the sticker on a scrap piece of pattern paper.  Trim the paper to 1/8″ from the top and side edges of the sticker (I used the 1/8″ Perfect Layers ruler).  Tear the cardstock along the bottom edge.  Ink the edges of the pattern paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.

Add a title to the library card using alphabet stickers from the collection pack.  (I inked the edges of the smaller letter stickers.)

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Use adhesive foam squares to adhere the assembled card to the cover of the book on the right side, overlapping the ribbon.  The bottom of the card will extend past the bottom edge of the cover.

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The flower and heart and leaves on the finished cover.  I love the spotting on the heart!  And how fun is that flower?

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I totally love the way this title card turned out.  I loved that this collection had three different fonts and fun word stickers.

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I kept the inside very simple.  Each page is simply an envelope.

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Each envelope is numbered from 1-10.

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Inside each envelope has a small manila journal card.  I will be hand writing something I love about my husband on each card.  It will be very simple but hopefully really meaningful.

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In all of my years of paper crafting I have never made a Valentine project for my husband.  I always buy him a card {gasp}!!  This year, I am giving him this little book.  I hope he loves it!


Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the hop and give each of them a little comment love.  Leave a comment on the Sizzix blog for a chance to win a great Eileen Hull prize pack.

tammy tutterow supply links 610

sss: Simon Says Stamp  ie: Inspiration Emporium sb.com: Scrapbook.com

BasicGrey Serenade 12×12 Collection Pack (sss|sb.com)
Ranger Manila Cardstock 8.5×11 (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap: Malange (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Sketchbook Tissue Tape (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Journeyman Tissue Tape (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Symphony Tissue Tape (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Nostalgic Tissue Tape (sss|ie)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (sss|ie)
Antique Linen Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Broken China Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (sss|ie)
Perfect Pearls Mist: Biscotti (sss|ie)
Ranger Mister (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Sanding Grip (sss|ie)
Ranger Blending Tool (sss|ie)
Ranger Craft Sheet (sss|ie)
Ranger Heat Tool (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Pick (sss|ie)
Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors (sss|ie)
Crop-a-Dile (sss|ie)

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  1. says

    Tammy, this is beyond amazing! I hope your husband loves it. If not I volunteer to take it and admire it every day! Love how you used the key and I heart you as closures along with all of your other always beautiful techniques. Works great as a book- super cool.

  2. Theresa G. says

    Tammy, this is beautiful! How I wish I had gotten those dies and made something similar for my hubby. Your little book is gorgeous!! Off to check out the other bloggers….

  3. says

    Love, love, love!! Everything about this as I am sure your hubby will too!! Totally fabby project. I’ll remember the idea for next year!

  4. Jan O says

    Tammy this is all your fault! Yes absolutely your fault. I dream about art journal day and night! The Envelope Book is fantastic! I love your designs and admire your creative abilities. Thank you for tutorials and supply list and that they are pritable. Enjoy your site very much! You have introduced me to a new creative outlet! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. says

    Tammy this is beautiful and so creative! If your husband is like mine, he’ll understand the creative process and love you put into this! Well…he better! Just wonderful.

  6. says

    I can’t believe that you buy your husband cards!! He deserves this gem then. It’s so meaningful-I bet it will bring tears to his eyes. And it’s just gorgeous too.

  7. Cim Allen says

    WOW .. this is over the top amazing !! I love the envelope die, I think I may have to get it :) Happy Valentines Day Tammy !

  8. Faith says

    How wonderful is this project? A stunning piece made with thought and love.
    I have again learnt so much! Thank you Tammy.
    I have taken note of the envelope closure and the flowers in particular!

  9. says

    What’s not to love! Your ideas are so cool. Now I’m adding this die to my ever growing list of needs to have (thanks to you & Shelly) !

  10. Patricia says

    Journals are my favorite way to record memories and try new ideas and your envelopes in the binders make an awesome journal. I love your tutes, Tammy, I always learn so many new techniques; you are so inspiring!

  11. says

    I’m sure your hubby will love and even keep it for a memento for this valentine. Its really awesome beautifully put together. Thanks for sharing how you made it all, its the BOMB…

  12. barbara lassiter says

    How could your husband not love this special little book? It is so fabulous and so clever and so perfect!

  13. Suzanne says

    this is just perfect. and happens to be my favorite. I would love getting something like this as a gift. Your hubby is spoiled :-)

  14. Cynthia B. says

    I have to say – this is SO much better than a card! I just made a scrapbook page about my daughter and “10 things I love” about her…but I would’ve never thought to make a cool display item like this. Excellent job!!