Using Bags and Envelope Embellishments in Your Scrapbooking

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Like fashion, scrapbooking is very cyclical. Certain embellishments become the rage and you see them on every page, and then they seem to disappear. When I first started scrapbooking, using envelopes and bags on scrapbook layouts was one of the popular techniques and then they went out of style. Now they are back “in” and one of the hottest fads to use in layouts. Both can be used as a design element, as a way to include memorabilia without cluttering up a page, or as a way to incorporate hidden journaling that you might not want everyone to read. The gallery has tons of ideas on how to use a bag or envelope on layouts and I thought I would showcase a few of my favorites.


Design Elements:

On Scrapanda’s “Hard Rock Cafe” layout, she uses an actual shopping bag from the Hard Rock Café on her layout. She cleverly created her title by cutting out the logo from the bag. I like how she used the recycled material in an unusual way to enhance her page that featured her trip to the Hard Rock Café.

On my “Baby Hog” page, I used a bag from Fancy Pants as a design element. I loved the black and white pattern on the bag, as well as the pinked edge. I thought the shape of the bag would look good nestled behind the photo and the color would help make the picture pop since it was different from the rest of the colors on the page.

JennK’s “Nice” scrapbook layout uses a plain white envelope in back of her photo as a design element to ground her page. She also uses it as a way to include more hidden photos. Sometimes you cannot fit all the photos you want to on a page. Highlighting the best and tucking the rest in an envelope on a layout is a great way to include the photos that you don’t want to scrap.



On “Convocation Supper,” another of Scrapanda’s pages, she uses an envelope to tuck tickets and her ID badge from a special awards dinner she had at school. She created the envelope herself by using a die-cut machine. I like how the front of it contains a flower, so it is not only used as a way to store her memorabilia but as a decorative element on her page.

On my “Love Notes” page, I created a tiny envelope to include some notes my daughter received from her ‘boy’ friend at the time. The envelope was made out of patterned paper and I covered it with some hearts to use it not only as a way to store the notes but also as an embellishment. 

Qaustriangirl uses her envelope on her “Eurostar” layout in a similar way as Scrapanda. Her layout showcases her trip on the Eurostar train and she chose to insert the tickets from that journey into a pre-made decorative envelope. I like the way that they stick out, almost becoming part of the page.

Hidden Journaling:

On Buttonscrapper’s “Shower Cap Babes” layout, she uses a kraft envelope as a way to hide her journaling. I like the way she uses tape and a flower to embellish the bag, making it a design element on the page.

Nrainvil used her envelope on her page to hide journal strips of her memories at camps. She decorated her pocket as well and I like the way she ties the strips together with twine and peeking out of the dark blue envelope. Also, having the envelope darker then most of the elements on the page highlights the importance of what is inside.

I hope you have gotten some ideas on how to use a bag or an envelope on your page.


Supplies for my layouts:

Baby Hog:

  • Studio Calico “Here and There” Paper Collection
  • Echo Park “All About a Boy” Paper Collection
  • Echo Park “Bundle of Joy Collection” Boy Dots and Stripes
  • kraft cardstock
  • mist spray
  • Washi Tape
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • 2” circle punch
  • gems
  • pop dots


Love Notes:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo
  • BasicGrey Paper and Gems
  • 1 3/8” circle punch
  • American Crafts Foam Stickers


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