I have been trying and trying to hold off on starting to work on my December Daily album (just foundation pages.. don’t worry I’m not that zealous), but it hasn’t been working. I thought I would share some of my work with you, because quite honestly it is SO fun to see other people using and loving cut-files that I’ve made in the past. So today I’m bringing you a new cut-file and a little tutorial for making a pocket envelope.
This envelope will fit in a 3×4 pocket, but you could enlarge it in your Silhouette software to make a bigger one if you aren’t concerned about it fitting into the pockets. I tried my envelopes in a variety of materials, and I will admit that the vellum one has me all heart-eyed!
Before you start you’ll need to download the cut file in either the PNG or the Silhouette .studio3 file (Cricut users I hope you can figure out how to make this work for you, I have no experience with their software and will be unable to answer any questions about it). It is sized to get you two envelopes out of a 8.5 x11 piece of paper along with the circles for the string.
- Gather supplies:
- 2- 1″ circles (included in the cut file, but I used a punch to have mine be a contrasting color)
- 2 – small eyelets
- eyelet setting tools (hole punch, setter, hammer and self-healing mat. Or a Crop-a-dile if you are fancy. I’m not)
- cut envelope (download the file above or click here)Fold the two side flaps in towards the center. The top rounded flap folds down and the main part of the envelope folds up over the side flaps.
- Center your 1 inch circles on the upper and lower flap and attach with the eyelets using your setting tool and a self-healing mat.
- Apply glue to the side flaps and fold the main envelope body up. Press to adhere.
- Cut a small piece of string (about 4-5 inches depending on how long you want it. You can always make it smaller, you can never make it bigger….) and wrap it around one of the two circles. I didn’t tie mine, I just wrapped until it was snug.
- To close the envelope wrap the string around the two circles. For fun, you can wrap in a figure 8 and criss-cross the string if you want!
- Done! Insert it into a pocket or punch holes and put it directly into your album rings.
Now for the inspiration part!
I experimented with a few different types of materials, the blue and red airmail paper was my obvious first choice, but you can also try vellum.
Or you can try a double sided patterned paper like I did here and hook it directly onto your album rings.
I absolutely LOVE to see other people using these files in their albums, so if you do use it, tag me on Instagram (@paperandspool or #paperandspool) or come back here and share your project in the comments!