Loaded Envelopes for Mum (Part 1)

Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | Loaded Envelopes for Mum (Part 1)

Sorry I’ve been quiet for so long, I hope you all had a lovely Easter break, I think mine went a bit too long 😉 but I’m back and have some new projects to share for Mother’s Day.

I spend a lot of time – and that’s a huge understatement 😉 – on Pinterest and recently I came across a – new to me – concept called loaded envelopes. They’re highly decorated envelopes filled with all sorts of lovely paper ephemera which would be perfect for any paper crafters’ stash as well as just being gorgeous eye candy. Anyway, I thought they could be just a sweet in a much smaller size and would be a great way to use up our stash, so here is my – very simplified – version of a loaded envelope.

Little Paper Party, Cupcakes and Carousels DSP, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Loaded Envelope.jpg

I made two different versions to share with you, one has a bit more work and the other is super quick to put together and perfect for last-minute additions to the Mother’s Day stall or a simple favour for a Mother’s Day celebration at your church or community group.

Little Paper Party, Cupcakes and Carousels DSP, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Loaded Envelope standing2

The pocket part – or envelope – is made from a 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP,  perfect for your leftover paper stacks or to use up your 12″ x 12″. I chose the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP, which is on the retiring list 😦 and is one of my all time favourite paper stacks. The scoring and folding will give you two small pockets to stuff with goodies, and you’d be amazed what you can fit in there with a bit of imagination!

Little Paper Party, Cupcakes and Carousels DSP, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Loaded Envelope closeup

I’ll be sharing the details of the goodies I made next week, or this post will be way too long, so today is how to make the basic pocket and a few ideas for filling them.

A Quick and Easy Tutorial:

Finished Dimensions: 2-3/4″W x 4″H

DSP: 6″ x 6″
Score @ 1-5/8″ from each side
Score @ 2″ from bottom

  • Fold and burnish your score lines well
  • Decide how big you want your opening at the top of your envelope to be and either roll the edges back for a 3D look or simply fold flat.
  • Use a strong adhesive to join the front flaps together underneath the front opening
  • Fold up the bottom pocket of the envelope and use a generous amount of strong adhesive on the back to adhere it to the front
  • Decorate as desired

In my simplified pocket I have some chocolate (I found these ones at Aldi) and a tea bag with a little tag in the front pocket to write a greeting. I think this in a cello bag would be a quick filler for a stall (you could find cheaper chocs) or would make an inexpensive table favour for a group event.

My fancier version has more of the ephemera like the originals. There is a rosette on a pick, two mini tags, a card to gift or to write on that doubles as a stand, a couple of tiny envelopes with embellishments and in this one I’m planning to add a gift card behind the card. I really wanted everything to be reusable but look sweet at the same time.

A few other filler ideas could be little stationery items, embellished paperclips for planners would fit perfectly, jewellery, beading supplies, sewing notions or fill it up with tags and mini cards or gift cards to a favourite shop.

I hope you liked todays project, it’s a great way to use up your scraps for the embellishments and you can make it as over-the-top or simple as you like.

See you soon!

Cheers,
Karen

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Loaded Envelopes for Mum (Part 1) | Supplies
(R) = Retiring Items, available while supplies last

(R) Cupcakes and Carousels DSP // 142744
Simply Scored Scoring Tool // 122334
Tear & Tape Adhesive // 138995
Teeny Tiny Sentiments // 120024

 

 

 

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