This s a very simple and easy technique. In fact it really isn't a technique but a useful tidbit of information that you may or may not be aware of. So here it is!
For those of us who use Graphic 45 papers pads, we are lucky because they print templates on the covers of the paper pads. On the back page they print a template for a Bookmark, ATC cards, 4" x 6" File Folder, Tag & a Gift Tag Pocket. Since it is on the back page, you can cut out the templates and use them as actual pieces for your layout, card or album. The ones on the front cover, not so much. I like the back cover selection, as they are printed on heavy, heavy cardstock and they have a one of the designer papers printed on the back.
For this technique, I just simply cut out the template
Placed the template on the backside of my card stock and traced around the template.
Then I cut it out.
Using my scoring device by Fiskars, I score along each edge. the two long ones as well as the two shortchanged ones.
I folded it on all edges and made a pencil mark where I wanted to add the circular tabs. ( I cut these on my Cricut Machine only because I don't have a 3/4" circular punch.)
I punched all the holes and put the brads through the circles, the top flap and the center of the body of the envelope.
Then I applied a thin strip of glue along the side edge, just to the right of the brad and glued it down. Then I glued the bottom flap in place and wrapped the bakers twine around the circles. I did tie a knot in the bakers twine at the top and cut off the excess twine.
There you go, an envelope for all sorts of little goodies, memories, tags and more. This only took me about 5 minutes to create. From start to finish.
So next time you are thinking about throwing away the cover to a pad of paper, remember to look for the templates. They may not be the paper design you want but keep them in your files for use later for that perfect additional to any layout or mini album
Another thing to remember is that even though it is the cover of the paper pad, Graphic 45's cover has a slight gloss to it, so you can cut those design out and use them too !!!
Happy Scrapping !!!