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Hi, I'm popping in with this quick origami envelope tutorial today. I was having look through the archives yesterday and realised that I've been on a bit of an origami kick lately. I do love how easy it is to make something simply by folding a bit of paper. I used to make all my birthday and Christmas cards but I have to admit it's been quite a few years since I've made more than the odd one. These square origami envelopes are something I used to make back in the day and they really are the easiest thing to make. All you need is some pretty patterned paper and a little bit of patience.
If you’re new to origami make sure to check out these 3 Basic Origami Folds For Beginners.
1. Take your paper square and fold it in half across the diagonal.
I used a 12 x 12 inch piece of paper to make an envelope big enough to hold a 5½ square card. The pink gingham envelope was made using a 10 x 10 inch piece of paper and holds a 4½ square card. And finally the smallest envelope was made using a 8 x8 inch piece of paper fits a 3½ card.
2. Fold the right corner over a third of the way across. I recommend using a ruler for this part.
3. Fold the left corner over to meet the right corner.
4. You should now have 2 triangle pockets. Open them back out and slide the left triangle into the right pocket. Press everything flat.
5. Fold the top triangle piece down to form the envelope flap.
6. To fill fold the top piece of the triangle flap down. There should be a pocket inside. Fill with your card or goodies and seal with a sticker or some washi tape.
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One of my favourite things to make are notebooks or mini albums. I've never met a mini album or notebook I didn't love. I always like to have one tucked away in my bag to jot down notes or save receipts in. I've made and shared quite a few here on the blog but I think this mini envelope album might be my favourite.
Have you seen these envelope mini albums before? They're so clever. I made a similar one the other year but it folded like an accordion instead (you can find my accordion folding album here). Each page of the album doubles as a pocket so you can store photos, tickets or other memorabilia inside. Such a cute idea.
SUPPLIES: Patterned cardstock or mini envelopes // Martha Stewart score board and envelope tool or an envelope punch board // Paper trimmer // Glue Stick // Double Sided Tape // Washi tape, stickers and embellishments to decorate.
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1. To begin with you need to make your mini envelopes. I trimmed my card down to 5½ x 5½ inches to make a finished envelope measuring 3¾ inches x 2¾ inches (or 9½ x 7 cm).
2. If you're using a Martha Stewart score board like I did you need to place the envelope template in the top left corner and then place your paper alongside the edge of the template. The template has measurements on you can use as guide to make the envelopes. I scored at the 2 inch mark, rotated 90 degrees, scored at the 2½ inch mark and repeated.
3. Use a pair of scissors or a craft knife and a ruler and cut away each of the corners where the 2 scorelines meet.
4. Fold along the scorelines and use some glue or double sided tape to stick the side flaps down.
5. Repeat until you have enough envelopes.
6. The next thing you need to do is start connecting the envelopes. Take your 1st envelope and fold back the flap. This will be the cover of your mini album.
7. Take a 2nd envelope and apply glue or double sided tape to the inside (the plain side) of the top flap.
8. Flip the 2nd envelope over and slide it into the 1st with the sticky side facing down. Make sure to press down firmly.
9. Repeat adding more pages until you're happy with the size of your mini album.
10. When you get to the end you should be left with only the 1st envelope flap showing. Wrap it around to the back of your album to finish the cover.
I found it helped to measure and score the flap where it naturally folded to help make a neat spine.
11. Use some strong double sided tape to stick the flap down. I like to use this red wonder tape roll. It's super sticky and holds forever.
Now for the fun part. Decorate and fill your mini album to your heart's content.
I love how this project turned out. For my envelopes I used some glittery patterned card I picked up from the craft department in The Range. It was only £3 for a pad of 32 sheets (4 x 8 in) by a company called DecoTime. I hadn't heard of them before but I'll definitely be heading back to pick up some more. I used some die cuts from My Minds Eye, some pretty paper washi tape strips and letter stickers both from Simple Stories to embellish my cover. It's hard to show in a photograph but I love the combination of matte and glossy.
I already want to make another one, this time a little bigger. I think they'd work great as a recipe book. Each recipe could have a photo on one side and the recipe on a card in the opposite pocket. What do you think?