How to Craft an Envelope Smash Album

by Ben Franklin Crafts

Create a mini album to collect the memories of your summer. You’ll mix and match fun materials to help tell YOUR story!


  • scrapbook paper
  • 1 white cardstock
  • 4 envelopes
  • various stickers and other embellishments
  • glue stick
  • double stick adhesive tape
  • scissors
  • lightweight cardboard
  • washi tape
  • optional, but recommended: paper trimmer
  • optional: scoring board
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    These are the supplies we used to make our sample albums.

    Step 2

    Precut scrapbook paper to these sizes: Album Cover - two 6"x8" pieces; Inside cover - two 4.75" x 6.75" pieces; four various sizes(5"x7" or smaller) to fit in the album for pages.

    Step 3

    Precut white cardstock in half, and then in half again to make four 4.25"x 5.5" notecards. Cut solid cardstock to 5" x 11" for spine.

    Step 4

    Precut lightweight cardboard into two 5"x7" pieces for covers.

    Step 5

    Glue cardboard to wrong side of cover paper. Repeat with second piece of cardboard.

    Step 6

    Fold corners of album in and glue in place.

    Step 7

    Pre-fold the rest of album edges around the cardboard. Check the corners for neatness, then glue in place.

    Step 8

    Glue smaller pieces of scrapbook paper on the inside of the covers.

    Step 9

    Moisten and close all envelopes. Cut one side off to form a pocket.

    Step 10

    If you have a scoring board, score the spine piece at 5/8" intervals. If not, fold the piece in half, and then in half again.

    Step 11

    Fold each segment in half again, accordion folding the entire length.

    Step 12

    Put a piece of double stick adhesive near the top edge of each mountain fold.

    Step 13

    Apply glue to the short edges of the spine (on the side without tape).

    Step 14

    Wrap the first fold around the edge of a cover. Repeat on the other end with the second cover.

    Step 15

    The spine connects both covers of the album.

    Step 16

    Starting at the back of the album, apply glue to the right side of the first mountain fold segment.

    Step 17

    Press spine segment down onto one of the envelope pockets.

    Step 18

    On the next segment, add one of the scrapbook paper pages.

    Step 19

    Continue to add envelopes and pages until all segments are filled.

    Step 20

    Remove double stick adhesive covering one strip at a time. Fold in place onto the next segment.

    Step 21

    Repeat with all segments.

    Step 22

    This is how the spine looks when all pieces are glued in place.

    Step 23

    Put notecards into the envelopes.

    Step 24

    Add stickers, washi tape and other embellishments to decorate your album however you like.

    Step 25

    We would love to see a picture of your finished project! Upload your photo to our Facebook page: