Hi everyone. Welcome to Part 4 of this 5-part Stationery Tutorial where I transform plain stationery items into a lovely Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls-themed set using Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers.
If you haven’t seen the other tutorials, Start here and have a look at all of them.
Today I’ll be transforming this clear envelope:
Into this fabulous pencil case!
I bought the clear envelope at the ’2 Euro’ shop (Poundland, Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Dollarama, etc). The trim comes in different colours but I bought it in purple to coordinate with the papers.
This is what you’ll need to start the Tutorial. Please note that some items are optional.
I got the full page sticker paper in a local stationery shop (Easons). You can use the ruler/craft knife/cutting mat or a scissors to cut the paper.
NOTE: Cutting the sticker paper with the craft knife can be a little tricky. The stickiness can cause the paper to tear. Be careful when cutting and always use a fresh blade. You may prefer to use a scissors instead.
I am using the Dreaming on a Star Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls Scrapbooking Papers available here (with Free Washi Tape). They are available as an instant download to your computer. You just need to print them out using your printer or you can bring the PDF file (saved on a USB stick) to a printers and they will print them for you. Don’t forget to bring the Sticker Paper with you, otherwise they will print them on regular paper.
1. Print out the Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls Scrapbooking Papers onto the Full Page Sticker Paper.
2. Decide what papers you would like to use and in what arrangement. This is entirely up to you, or you can choose to follow what I’ve done.
I used these three papers above.
3. I want to put a strip of the stripey paper along the side of the pencil case.
Measure it with a ruler and mark with the pencil where it needs to be cut .
4. Line up the pencil marks and cut the paper using the craft knife and ruler. Ensure your blade is new. Make several firm strokes with the blade rather than one heavy stroke.
Be careful as the paper is sticky and may catch the blade, resulting in paper tear. You may choose to use the scissors instead.
5. Peel off the sticker from the backing page, but don’t peel off completely. Open the envelope.
Line it up to the right hand corner of the pencil case (just under the button).
6. When you are happy it’s nicely lined up, smooth it down and peel the rest of the backing off.
I use a clean tissue to smooth rather than my hand, so it remains nice and clean.
7. Select the next paper and measure it with a ruler (make sure you’re only including the sticker and not the border that stays behind on the backing). Use the pencil or craft knife to mark where it needs to be cut.
8. Repeat the same steps with the first paper. Cut the paper, remove paper backing (but not completely), line up to envelope side, remove remaining backing as you smooth down paper and use a tissue to smooth down completely.
9. Line up the remaining paper for the envelope flap. Ensure it is lined up to the side and bottom (don’t worry about the corner for the moment).
10. Measure the width of the flap.
11. Cut the paper with the knife and ruler or scissors.
12. We need to cut out holes in the paper for the buttons.
Measure the distance from both edges to the button. Measure the diameter of the button also.
Do this for both buttons.
13. Using your measurements, draw a circle on the paper – it doesn’t have to be too accurate (you will still end up with a professional finish). Draw a vertical and horizontal line through the circle.
Do this for both circles.
14. You can double check that the circles are in the correct position by placing your paper under the flap (clear plastic and button on top).
15. Use the craft knife to cut the vertical and horizontal lines on the circle. Pull back the flaps (It looks like a little mouth!).
16. Peel off the sticker from the backing page, but don’t peel off completely. Be careful peeling around the little flaps, in case it tears.
17. Line up the left side first (leave the backing paper on the right side of the paper). Ensure it is lined up at the top and side.
18. When you’re happy it’s lined up nicely, peel off the remaining backing paper.
19. Use a tissue to smooth paper and ensure it’s is stuck well.
20. Use a scissors to trim the corner. You can pull back the purple edging and tuck the rounded corner underneath (hiding any inaccurate cutting).
21. Hold the flaps in your thumb and forefinger. Use the scissors to trim the paper. Cut all four flaps around the button.
Don’t worry if it looks messy – we’ll fix that in a moment.
22. Bend the envelope slightly – this allows the button edges to come away slightly from the envelope. Use your nail to push the messy edges underneath the button.
You are left with a professional finish.
23. Well done for all your hard work! You now have a lovely Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls pencil case to fill with all your pencils!
♡ Come back tomorrow for the Final Part of this Stationery Tutorial. It’s a bonus tutorial, so I won’t tell you what it is until tomorrow! Shhh, it’s a secret! ♡
All Five Parts of this Stationery Tutorial ♡
Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers used in this Tutorial.