Sunday, June 3, 2012

Learn and Play -Cascading envelopes

Wow - May was a crazy month!  I was so happy with all I got done on National Scrapbooking Day and the week following but then I didn't have a chance to make anything the whole rest of the month!  It was the last month of school and I am so happy to say now it is summer!  I am looking forward to staying home with my girls and getting my yearly dose of stay-at-home mommyhood!

To end each year, I make the group thank you card for our daycare sitter.  She is a phenomenal lady and we like to get her a gift for taking such great care of our kids all year long.  We are all teachers and she is a teacher's wife so the school year only schedule works great for all of us! I have made a word book and an exploding box in the past.  This year I saw something called cascading envelopes and wanted to give that a try. Here is the final product:

There are five envelopes, one for each child plus a final envelope for the parent thank you.  I decorated the envelopes by adding the phrase "Learn and play at Tara's" down the fronts of the envelopes.  I used the DCWV Animal Crackers paper stack for the background papers.

Learn from Out of Character at 2.75"

& from Letter Envy at 2"

Play from Out of Character at 2.75"

@ from Letter Envy at 1.75"

Tara's a mish-mash of letters from Out of Character, cut between 2" and 3"  The shadows are hand cut.

In each envelope, there is a thank you from the child. On one side is their picture (my daughter pictured here) and on the other side is their thank you along with a drawing from them.

The back side of the envelope looks like this:

When the whole thing is folded up and wrapped with Trendy Twine, it looks like this:

And from the side:

One thing I learned a little too late is that the thicker your project, the more envelopes and embellishments, the farther apart you should glue your envelopes.  I really would have loved to have my first envelope seem farther apart so it doesn't bow so much but live and learn. :)

She enjoyed it and I hope you do too!


  1. Oh, my goodness! What a fabulous project! You have found a use for "Out of Character"!!! How cool is that! Love everything about your cascading envelope project!
    Also, thank you for commenting on my thread on the Cricut Circle Message Board about lossing followers!

  2. This is SO creative! I love it.
    Great choice of papers too. But, I'm sure none of the children are ever wild animals for her. He he!

  3. Wow, what an amazing project. I love all of the fun colors you used. Love the use of the twine too!

  4. Very creative and Tara now has all her kids and their thank yous in one cute package!

  5. WOW!!!!!!!!! I saw something like this from SEI and wanted to make one now that you've made this I can see how it's done and scraplift it.

    GREAT JOB I love the details and the pretty paper.

    Enjoy your summer.

  6. Thanks for a fun idea for my son's teacher! Your gift will be a treasured keepsake. It's wonderful!

  7. What a great project for a wonderful caretaker. Hope you are starting off your summer good.

  8. Great project! It's wonderful that each child has their own thank you card with their picture. This is a gift Tara will surely treasure!

  9. Sounds like she is a real gem!! Well, you made a fantastic project for her! Using Letter Envy and Out of Character together gets you a GOLD STAR!!! Great colors too!

  10. You did a great job on using those carts, I look at them both and just say yuk. Maybe I should look again

  11. Terrific job - I love your cascading envelope and how each child had an envelope to his/her self. Wonderful and thoughtful gift!