New year equals new swaps over on www.yourpaperpantry.ning.com. This past year I hosted a swap for loaded envelopes and we basically created a loaded envelope using brown paper bags and followed the months theme requirements and it was always just a one-on-one partner swap. This year, I want to do something a tid-bit different. This year we will be making mini loaded envelopes and will be swapping as a group swap and there may be a month thrown in there where we may do a one-on-one partner swap with a regular loaded envelope. But as of now for January, we will do a group swap for the minis. Below I have demonstrated how I made mine. You can chose to make yours how you want, just be able to follow the size requirements. All of the requirements will be listed over on YPP (website listed above).
These are just some of the examples I came up with.
By the way they look in the photo, they look just like a standard loaded envelope, but they are my minis. These size at 4" X 6". Super adorable. Come along as I show you my process of making these. Process will only include the base of the bag/envelope.
Gather yourself a 8 1/2" X 9" cardstock or design paper. Use the paper you'd like to create the bag/envelope itself.
* Score on the 8 1/2" at 1/2" and 4 1/2" then
* Score on the 9" at 3
* Place the 3" score line to be at the bottom of the sheet. You will need to make a cut so with the 3" score line at the bottom, go to the 4.5" score line and measure 1/2" over to the right of that score line. This is where a cut will need to be made. Cut on the new measure 1/2" and cut up to the 3" score line. This cut is the beginning of making your hinge for the lower pocket.
* Next, you will need to cut that piece away so go to the 3" score line starting on the right side and cut to that 4.5" score line, as shown in the photo below.
*We will then taper areas away to create hinges. Follow the photo example to see where you will taper/mider the corners. Once you have those areas removed, it should look like as shown in the photo. In the upper left can be tapered as well.
*As you will probably be able to know, now it is all about folding and gluing to assemble the bag/envelope.
*To assemble, with the left top hinge folded in, place glue or tape on the top of the hinge and then bring the right panel over and adhere down to that hinge.
* Then you will need to gather both the hinges on the bottom and fold in, place glue or tape on top of those hinges and bring up to adhere to the top panel.
*In doing this, this will create a bag/envelope to be loaded with a top loading pocket as well as a front pocket. This is done just like you would do with a brown lunch bag folded. Doing it this way allows you to make you own bag without limitations to just a brown bag.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting. If you are new to YPP or haven't ventured to that site yet, please feel free to come over, visit and hope you find yourself curious enough to join us over there. They have monthly swaps and quite a few of different swap options. You aren't out nothing just by coming over and checking it out.
But if you are a returning swapper, welcome the new YPP year.
Hope you all have a very blessed day!