Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Make Envelope Using Scrap Book Paper

I'm going to a birthday party in honor of a great friend...I've made cute little earrings to go into the gift bag that I'm putting together for her.  I didn't want to just drop them down in the bag to get lost, so I needed a box or something to put them in. Searching for box...no box to be found.  I needed it now.  What's a girl to do?  Well, I figured, "How hard could it be to make my own little package?"  As it turns out, it wasn't hard at all, and I'm sort of proud of it, so I thought I would share it with you and show you how to make your own, if you should wish to do so.

I keep a stash of scrap-booking paper around the studio, so I went in search of a piece that would work.  Of course, it needed to match the color scheme of the gift packaging.  And, I was thinking thicker would be better.  I found a perfect piece of paper!

I decided that I should be able to cut the 12" x 12" sheet in half and fold it to resemble an envelope.  Using my self-healing cutting mat and metal ruler, I cut the sheet in half.  That gave me a strip of paper that measured 12" long x 6" wide.  I measured down 4 1/2" on the strip and very lightly marked a line straight across the strip with a pencil (on the white, back side) to indicate where the folding crease would be.  I used special tool for embossing.  It has a tiny ball on the end and works great for creating a folding line.  I pressed the embossing tool, using light pressure, along the line against the ruler to keep it straight and made the fold line.  

Here's the same piece, already cut and fold lines embossed, showing measurements...

I measured 4 5/8" from the first crease line (to form the back) and made another crease. Now it should fold over onto itself and have a flap that folds over the front.

I then made side flaps to fold around the back to attach the front to back.  I cut the excess strips on the sides away from the front flap and the back, cutting all the way to the fold line that is the bottom.  Using an adhesive gun, I rolled adhesive along the half-inch flaps and stuck them around the sides to the back.

It now has a back, a front, and a front flap, so it looks like an envelope!

I decided to cut a scoop shape out of the front under the flap to make it easier to reach in and find whatever is inside.  I used a bowl as a template.  Slipping the envelope over the corner of the cutting mat, I put the bowl down and cut around it with an X-acto knife.  The front flap is hiding under the corner of the mat.

I placed the bowl so that the scoop would start about one inch from each side...it will make sense when you see what I do to the front flap.  

...and this is what it looks like at this point.

Now it's easy to pull out a card (or whatever) but I'm wanting to do a little something more to the front flap.  I think I want another curved cut, but it will need to be larger than the one I just cut so that it will cover it completely.  So, using the same bowl, this time I centered it so that the cuts would go all the way to the side edges of the flap.

Now, this is what I have...

Next, I'm thinking of many ways to close the envelope--you could go with a little sticky dot on the flap, or get really fancy...

I decided to use a hole punch and run a pretty ribbon through the hole, and then tie it around the entire little package.  Here's the final result.

This could work for a card, too!  It was a fun little, quick project, and it was perfect for holding the earrings.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Is it tile? Or Paper?

I'm kicking myself right about now, because I forgot to take a pic of this little table before I hit it with paint!  It's SO HARD for me to remember to do that....oh well, I do have a shot of it right after I put the white paint on it, but before I added the bits that make it pretty.

My plan was to decoupage some pretty scrap-booking paper to the top, making sort of a collage that resembles tile.  There are so many pretty papers out there in Michael's and Hobby Lobby...I could spend hours there just looking through them. But since I didn't have hours, to make the process go a little faster, I took along some other things that are going into the space.  That was a huge help in finding perfectly coordinated papers for the project. 

Here are the three that I chose.  For some reason, I couldn't get the top paper to photograph with the true pretty green that it is, but the other two look exactly right!

You can see from the first picture--the top looks sort of rough.  Originally, it was topped with a piece of old vinyl tile that was glued on, so it pulled up splinters of the plywood when I pulled it off. I probably should use some wood filler before I do the decoupage, but I'm not going to.  I believe the paper is thick enough that it will harden to be flat.

The table top measures about 14" x 14".  The paper sheets are 12" x 12".  I played with them until I found my favorite for the center.  I brushed the decoupage medium (glue) directly onto the table and carefully put the sheet of paper in the center, just eyeballing it. Using a brayer, I rolled over the paper applying pressure to push out the extra medium and flatten the paper. Working quickly, I used a paper towel to wipe up the excess glue.  I let the medium dry completely before I did the strips around the edge.

I measured around the edge to see what surface area was left, and made the decision to leave about a 1/8" white showing between the bits of paper to give it the grout look.  I used my handy paper cutter to get nice straight strips of paper.

Using the same process as with the big center sheet, I added the strips.  Once they were dry, I added the final little squares at the corners.

Once it was all completely dry, I covered the top with a layer of the decoupage medium to seal everything and give it a finished look.  The medium comes in several different finishes to include matte and gloss.  I went with the gloss.

Here is the finished table, shown in front of the other things that will be going into the space. The actual space is small, so I'm trying to stick with things that will easily fit.  This little table will be perfect beside the daybed to hold a lamp or cup of coffee.

I will be posting more as the project comes together.  Hope you'll come back to see the progress!