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« on: December 15, 2006 05:37:46 PM »

Here's the story . . .
I saved almost every letter and card that anyone's ever sent me.  Before my husband and I got married we wrote back and forth for 7 years.  He kept almost all the letters I wrote to him.  After we got married I took all the letters we sent to each other and put them in a box intending to make a scrap book out of them.  The thing is, I can't figure out what would be a good way to do it.  We wrote the letters on all different types of papers and usually wrote on the backs too...
So I can't glue them onto paper because the backs won't be readable.  I can't put them in those plastic see-through page covers because they're all different sizes.  What should I do?

And then!  To add to my list of to do things, I have had a friend since I was 5 years old, and when we were teens she moved away, so we also wrote to each other.  She ended up marrying my brother, so now she's my sister-in-law, and recently she gave me a box full of the letters I'd sent her!  So, I want to make the same kind of letter scrapbook for her as I am making for my husband and me. 

I would love any advise I can get, since I'm not much of a scrapbooker, and this will be a big project!
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2006 05:49:21 PM »

okay, you are going to have to deal with me for a second because I have an idea but I am not sure how to present it.   Okay.  What if you put them in the clear sheet protectors, but instead of just putting them in there use pretty paper to make a mat, you can use photo corners to keep the letters in there and not wreck the letters with glue of anything.  Does that make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2006 07:28:13 PM »

ooh this sounds so sweet!

what if for the letters that were double sided, you could attach the envelope to the page, and then whoever is looking at it could take the letter out of the envelope to read it?
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2006 01:23:57 AM »

i have a lot of letters from my partner in a scrapbook and i use a whole lot of techniques to stick them in.

i have used photocorners to hold the envelopes in so you can still take it in and out to look at and read.
i have put folded letters into clear pockets i ripped from an old photo album, stuck the clear pocket to the page and added embellishments so its like a clear decorated sleeve on the page.

i have bound letters into small books with nice papers to slide inot pockets on the page.

i have made open out windows and accordian folds in pages to open. (so when you open the window the letter opens out, i hope this makes sense).

i have put letters in envelopes decorated with photos of myself and/or the sender and stuck them on the page so they ould be taken out of the envelope to be read.

hope that helps Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2006 09:20:36 AM »

I would also try getting vellum envelopes and attaching those to the pages - this way you could also keep the letter in the original envelope if there was something interesting on it. 

Even just making a pocket on the page out of regular paper could work.

Worst case/easiest scenario -  Get a three ring binder and those plastic page protectors and jsut insert each page into it's own sleeve, this way you could read both sides of the letters.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2006 10:39:27 PM »

i have seen a great idea in one of my books...i'll see if i can find it...it shows how you can make a new book with old cards and letters...basically you make a spine that is a big vertical accordion and stick all the pages into it. you'd be able to see both sides and it would work for any size/type of paper. i'm going to be trying it any day...

here is the book...
http://www.amazon.com/Unique-Handmade-Books-Alisa-Golden/dp/0806958138

You might check it out at the library...the book i am referencing is on page 51...there are other really great ideas here too.

Good luck!
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