Jana Eubank: Hello, everyone! This week I have been helping my younger girls assemble Valentines for their classmates. They are so excited to get each card ready and lovingly stuff the envelopes with the cards and treats. As we were stuffing envelopes, I thought that it might be fun to create a page background using a series of tiny, colorful envelopes and here is the resulting page.
Creating the envelopes was easy. First, select nine patterns from the Mon Ami 6 x 6″ paper pad. Using a paper trimmer, cut each sheet down to a 4 x4 ” square.
Using a scoring board, score three sides of your paper on the diagonal. On the back of my small Martha Stewart scoring board, I used the 4bar envelope guide lines to position my envelope for scoring.
If you do not own a scoring board similar to mine, you can still create the envelope by using a ruler and a bone folder or stylus. Place the 4″ square of paper diagonally on your surface so that it looks like a diamond. Use the diagram below to help you make measurements for the score lines.
Use a ruler to measure 1 7/8″ down the top left side of the diamond from the top point. Make a light mark with a pencil. We will call this first tick mark point A. Add another tick mark at point B by measuring 1 7/8″ down the top right side of the diamond from the top point. Create point C by measuring 1 7/8″ down the bottom left side of the diamond from the left point. Create point D by measuring 1 7/8″ down the bottom right side of the diamond from the right point. Create point E by measuring 2″ up the bottom left side from the bottom point. Create point F by measuring 2″ up the bottom right side from the bottom point.
Now, place your ruler along the diagonal line between points A and E. Use a bone folder or stylus to score your paper along this line. Score another line in this same fashion between points C and D. Score a final line between points B and F. Use a clean eraser to erase your pencil marks.
Next, use scissors to cut away the small triangle-shaped piece in the corners of the overlapping score lines. This will help your envelope to fold closed a little nicer.
Now, fold your envelope closed along the score lines, leaving the unscored top flap open. Secure the folded sections with a small, trimmed piece of the vellum tape. Have fun mixing the patterns together!
Continue until all nine of your 4” squares are folded into envelopes. Now it’s time to arrange them on your page background.
Add a photo or two and have fun filling the envelopes with journal cards, stickers, and bits + pieces from your stash. I even wrapped twine around one of them. Here is my page again, along with a couple of detail shots.
Jana, thanks for the great tutorial. We love the envelope background that you created!