Mini Envelopes Layout

Sunday, November 24, 2019

I've been making a lot of mini albums lately and am now itching to get back to traditional 12x12 layouts! I made this layout just for fun using Truly Grateful and my Mini Envelope cut file.
Here is a process video so you can see how this layout came together from start-to-finish:

I started by die cutting a mini envelope from all 24 patterned papers in Truly Grateful using my Silhouette Cameo 3. To add interest, texture, and detail, I machine stitched around the envelope edges (before assembling them) using a Brother sewing machine, white thread by Coats & Clark, and a basic running stitch. To complete the envelopes I added super sticky 1/8" double-sided tape to the edges of the bottom flap and folded each envelope up.

For the background I chose the salmony-pink polka dot B-side of Paper 01 and did a little mixed media: I splashed watered down white acrylic paint across the background and created a few larger drops by pinching the paintbrush bristles. Then I came in with Pastel Dreams & Tropicals watercolors and splashed coordinating colors on top.

While the background was drying I searched my computer for photos to use and found a trio of pictures of cute Janey girl. I used one of the photos twice to make (4) 1.5" square photos and trimmed them out leaving a white border for contrast. Here is my tutorial for creating small photos. With four photos and four letters in her name, I added Thickers to spell JANE.

I stuck all of the envelopes in place in somewhat rainbow order and tucked the photos into four of them cascading down the page. Time for embellishing! I used all kinds of bits from Truly Grateful and decorated each envelope with things Jane loves from birds and butterflies to flowers and hearts. I used a smattering of Cardstock StickersPuffy StickersEpoxy StickersEphemera Die Cuts, and Wooden Buttons.

For the journaling I found two little Journaling Spots, wrote on them with a black pen, and tucked them into the envelopes. I love this interactive element! It won't be legible inside a page protector but can easily be pulled out to read.

All-in-all this layout came together in just a couple hours! I hope it inspires you to pick up my Truly Grateful collection and Mini Envelope cut file!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, buttons, die cuts, Thickers, embellishments: TRULY GRATEFUL; Cut file: Mini Envelope by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3white acrylic paint; Watercolors: Pastel Dreams & Tropicals by Prima; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread:  Coats & Clark


  1. This is GORGEOUS!!!!! I love love love love those photos and those envelopes are FABULOUS!!! Loving how you stitched them!!!!!

  2. You have inspired me to create a layout using my envelope punch that I have had for years! This would make a great birthday layout too, with the pockets filled with faux mini greeting cards, tiny presents and balloons.

  3. I sure adore your clever design Paige! All the pretty embellishments seem to have landed in the absolute perfect spot. The purples and greens in the patterned papers you choose, are fabulous with cutie pie Jane's photos. Don't you just love when kismet bring things all together? xK

  4. Oh Paige.................remarkable. Time to open my envelope punch board!! It has sat new in packaging for months!!!! THANK YOU.


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