How to use a paper CD cover in a mini album.

After having spent last week in my “Studio” getting it all cleaned and organized….well let’s just say that I found a few things that had been hidden away and forgotten.

Paper CD covers.  Do they still sell these?  I have no idea if you can get these at an office supply store or not.  I would think they would still be available.

Paper CD covers

Paper CD covers

They make excellent mini album pockets for photos.  They are great for the chipboard cut offs.

Paper CD covers used in a mini album

Paper CD covers used in a mini album

Using another paper CD cover on the opposite side of the page gives strength to the page and an interesting element.

The opposite side of the page

The opposite side of the page

I will show you how I made use of the paper CD covers on these two pages.  It is fairly simple and easy to do.  First thing to do is to close the flap.  Use the adhesive of your choice to the sides of the flap and the top.  Just put adhesive on the outer edges.

Right outside edge of flap

Right outside edge of flap

Top of flap

Top of flap

Left outside edge of flap

Left outside edge of flap

Close the flap and press the adhesive applied areas firmly to ensure a good seal.

Close flap and press along adhesive

Close flap and press along adhesive

Using a paper trimmer, or a craft knife and a ruler, cut about 1/4 inch off from the FLAP end of the sealed envelope.

Cut off 1/4 inch from closed flap

Cut off 1/4 inch from closed flap

Test fit your photo.  Hopefully you had measured correctly.  For this example I cut the photo at 3-3/4 inch by 4 inches.  The first mat (green) is cut at 4 inches by 4-1/4 inches.  The second mat (yellow) is cut at 4-1/4 inches by 4-1/2 inches.

Test fit your matted photo

Test fit your matted photo

The paper CD cover is made from thin paper and will not withstand a lot of torture.  Sometimes the sharp edges of the card stock is more than the paper cover can take.  Washi tape is a good support feature.

Washi tape

Washi tape

I’ve chosen to use a wider width of Washi tape.  The normal size I was not comfortable with.  I can’t put a straight layer of tape on anything.  I wanted to make sure that this would work.

Apply the Washi tape to three edges of the paper CD cover.  Leave the opening alone.  Apply the tape to the front of the cover then wrap the remainder around to the back side and secure.

Apply Washi tape to one of the sides

Apply Washi tape to one of the sides

Wrap the tape around to the back

Wrap the tape around to the back

Cut away any excess tape before applying more.

Cover the edges of three sides only

Cover the edges of three sides only

I put a “thumb notch” in the open end of the paper CD cover.  This will allow for easy access to the photo inside.  I used a 1 inch hole punch to do this.  It is difficult to cut through all the layers at one time with the punch.  I had to punch the top part first then go in and punch the bottom.  I even had to use scissors to finish the top cut because my punch did not like cutting through the clear acetate.

 

1 inch hole punch

1 inch hole punch

Use scissors to cut through the acetate

Use scissors to cut through the acetate

Prepping the second paper CD cover for the back side will now be easier.  Line up the envelopes and mark the placement of the thumb hole with a pencil then punch and cut it out.

Line up the two covers

Line up the two covers

Mark the thumb notch to be cut

Mark the thumb notch to be cut

Attaching the paper CD cover to the page was just a little bit of a problem.  The tape runner adhesive did not like sticking to the Washi tape.  I had to get out my  “big guns” and apply the stronger adhesive.  I only applied adhesive to a little over half of the back of the envelope.

Add adhesive to only about half of the envelope

Add adhesive to only about half of the envelope

Avoiding the binding holes punched in the chipboard page, measure about 1-1/2 inches from the punched edge and attach the CD cover along the ruler.  Check the back side to make sure you have not left a bunch of adhesive exposed.

Using a ruler attach the envelope to the page

Using a ruler attach the envelope to the page

Check to make sure there is no stray adhesive

Check to make sure there is no stray adhesive

When attaching the paper CD cover to the back side of the page only apply adhesive to the outer edges, including the top.  Expose only the tape from the top and get the two covers lined up evenly across the top then pinch it together.  Effectively sealing the two envelopes together.

Apply adhesive all around the envelope

Apply adhesive all around the envelope

Expose the top adhesive only

Expose the top adhesive only

Match up the tops of both envelopes and apress together

Match up the tops of both envelopes and press together

Raising the bottom of the unattached envelope, pull the cover strips from the adhesive on the three remaining sides and press in place.  Burnish the edges for a good seal to both envelopes.

Raise the envelope

Raise the envelope

Peel the adhesive cover strips off

Peel the adhesive cover strips off

Burnish and seal the two envelopes together

Burnish and seal the two envelopes together

That’s all there is to using paper CD covers as pockets in a mini album.

As for journal areas for the photos.  I put some decorative journal pieces on the back of the photo mats.

Journal spots on backs of photos

Journal spots on backs of photos

I hope this has given you an idea for a pocket element on your mini album page.

Tomorrow…..using Spellbinders dies to crop photos 😀

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Mathis
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 09:17:10

    Very cool…..When we spoke the other day about this, I was trying to picture the hard plastic CD cases being used in a mini album, but this is so much better!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 23, 2014 @ 10:59:52

      I heard the confusion in your voice when I told you I was using CD envelopes. Thanks. I’m glad you like this. I tell you, I had so much fun putting this together. I thought I would have forgotten how to do this because it has been so long. Better than a bicycle 😀

      Love you – Leslie

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  2. Jack Flacco
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 10:08:49

    Is there anything you can’t do with ordinary items laying around the house? This is one of the most original ideas I’ve seen here. I wouldn’t have thought of it myself, but it certainly makes good use of all my photos collecting dust in a shoe box!

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    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 23, 2014 @ 11:02:52

      Jack….just wait. You will see what I do when I have paper, a trimmer, and glue 😀 This stuff is my crack! And my drug dealer of choice is Michaels and Hobby Lobby – huge craft box stores. This is like your zombies. Once you get bitten there is no going back – so you are warned 😀

      Leslie

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  3. gardenpinks
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 18:41:11

    Fabulous bit of recycling Leslie and great protection for the photos too. Way to go girl 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    Reply

  4. Tracy :)
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 22:24:38

    Fun use for these CD envelopes 🙂
    Great way to recycle them 🙂

    Reply

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