I love to scrapbook. I love to make cards. I love anything related to paper crafts. But do you know what I love almost just as much – the supplies! There are so many cool products on the market today (okay sometimes it can be overwhelming) that allow you to create some really neat projects. I started papercrafting when I was in high school in the late 90’s and the transformation from then to now is amazing. Granted, most of my projects are just neatly placed pictures on a page with some journaling with little to no embellishments. Now, not only do you have a vast array of papers to select from but you can crop your pictures in any way imaginable, not to mention the printing options. And the embellishments! Oh my gosh! From brads to stickers to ribbon and washi tape – there are just so many things that you can use. But I digress, thinking and talking about supplies sometimes gets me giddy. Do you ever just online shop for supplies and fill you wish list willie nillie? Or is it just me?! One of my newest supplies is the We R Memory Keepers – Envelope Punch Board. I love versatile products and I love how you can create envelopes for homemade cards as well as create envelopes to use as embellishments on scrapbook pages.
On this scrapbook page, I created an envelope out of vellum and used it to house a little card that I created to hide my journaling. I decorated the front and put the journaling on the back. This is a perfect way to hide your journaling when you have a lot to say but don’t necessarily want the words to take up real estate on your page.
Included in the purchase of your punch board is a bone folder. The punch board even has a handy-dandy spot to store the bone folder so it is always where you need it!
The instructions are right on the board and are super easy to follow. *Note* the measurements are based on the size of the card that will fit in the corresponding envelope! The final envelopes will have about and 1/8″ margin on all sides. This is very important to consider when selecting your envelope because you are selecting the size based on the card, not the envelope.
For this envelope, I chose the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ card size. As you’ll notice, you will have a card size, paper size and score line for every envelope. These are guides to help you construct your envelope. It even comes with a centimeter conversion chart if you prefer to work with those measurements.
Once you have the size selected that you want to make, you follow the line to the right to find out how big to cut your paper. For this envelope, I needed to trim my paper, or in this case vellum, to be a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ square.
From there, you place the left edge of your paper where the edge lines up to the corresponding score line for the envelope. In this case it is 2 3/8″.
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Once your paper is lined up, go ahead and ‘punch’ the blue button. Leave your paper in place and take your bone folder and run it down the length of the paper on the right following the guide.
Then you are going to take your paper and turn it counter-clockwise, lining up your scored line that you just did with the score guide on the board. ‘Punch’ the blue button and then score a new line on the right following the guide.
You are going to continue turning counter-clockwise, punching and scoring until all four sides are done and you have something that looks like this:
Now you are going to take the punch board and turn it around to make rounded edges on the envelope. You could leave it like this but for this project, I liked the rounded look. And now your envelope looks like this:
Then you can use the bone folder to press each side down. You’ll want to use an adhesive to glue the three side together like you would an envelope. The only change that I made was instead of a round edge:
I cut it off to make a straight edge:
And that’s it! An envelope to use any way you choose!
I hope that tutorial was helpful and that it provides some inspiration. Happy Crafting! 🙂