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Stuffed Envelope Tutorial Video & Craft Studio Tour - Sandy Trefger's Farewell Post

Posted by Graphic 45 05/22/2018 68 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Videos,Craft Studio Tour,

Hello, G45ers!

 Join us as we begin our farewells to our 2016-2018 Brand Ambassadors.  To kick off this talent fest we have a doubleheader by USA Brand Ambassador, Sandy Trefger.  Sandy shares two fun-filled Floral Shoppe  Stuffed Policy Envelopes including a video tutorial and so many useful papercrafting tips.  Following these gorgeous gifts, we have a bonus: Craft Studio Tour by Sandy.  So let's jump right into this heartfelt post.  


Floral Shoppe Stuffed Policy Envelope

By Sandy Trefger


"For my last project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, I was inspired to create a Stuffed Envelope.  I’ve seen many of these on Pinterest and YouTube but had yet to make one. There was something about the beautiful Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection that said to me it would be beautiful for such a project.  And then I thought about the envelopes I might use and came up with the idea of using the large Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes which would make my stuffed envelopes very, very sturdy!


Yes, I made two.  One for myself to work out all the details and then another for a gift so I could make the following tutorial video.  Now you can make one too!


Graphic 45 Stuffed Policy Envelope Tutorial Video



These are so fun to create and I can’t believe I’ve waited to take a turn at making a Stuffed Envelope.  



Graphic 45 Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • 49 & Market Flowers
  • Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon - Moss Green & Vivid  Pink
  • Prima Mini Gold Prills
  • White Lace
  • 4” Doilies
  • Large Office Paper Clip
  • Corner Rounder
  • 1” Circle Punch
  • Tag Topper Punch
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue


I designed my Stuffed Envelope to also stand up.


And I added a pocket with tags to the back.   



Here’s a close up of the back pocket. I loved using the new Graphic 45 Large Tag & Flowers Die Set with the beautiful floral pieces to create my own flowers and greenery.




Tip 1:  Don’t be afraid to use the Graphic 45 patterned paper to die cut out the  floral pieces to create your flowers. The colors are beautiful and the patterns fit in perfectly on your project and of course, matches all the other patterns and elements you are using.


Tip 2:  Layer up your chipboard pieces to add dimension to your project.


Tip 3:  When arranging and gluing flowers/bows on to your project, push them up against and under each other rather than just gluing them down flat.



Tip 4:  Make your own straw of patterned paper from the collection to create a fun embellishment.  It’s easy and I show you how in the tutorial video linked above.


Before we say goodbye, we have a special bonus:
Craft Studio Tour by Sandy to share.


Craft Studio Tour - Featuring Sandy Trefger


It’s my turn to share my craft studio or as I call it “craft room” tour.  Welcome and come inside! My room is not very big. I think it measures 12 ft x 12 ft and it used to be our daughter’s bedroom  What I love is the offset area you can see in the far back where I have my computer and small tv with shelves above it. I like that it’s by the window and I can look outside if I want.  This room is on the second floor of our home so I get a good view of our front yard and the street. It may be that my room looks cluttered but to me it’s perfect. I know where everything is and I love to incorporate the use of found furniture or storage solutions as well as furniture I already had and my grandmother’s sewing machine cabinet into the room.   My work table is not very big. It measures 3 ft x 3 ft and is in the center of my room. However, by having counters and other storage places surrounding me, that table gives me plenty of space to work on my projects. It is clean in this photo but it doesn’t stay that way for very long.


You can see a lot more of my room in my video tour on YouTube:


Sandy Trefger Craft Studio Tour Video


In the video, I share several different storage tips but one of my favorites is this one using a fishing spool (string) box that I bought at the sporting goods store. It holds several rolls of my Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon and I have three of these cases.  You can choose to thread the ribbon out through the holes (you do have to remove the little black rubber inserts) but I just opt to take a whole roll out and put it back when I’m done with a project.



Tip:  Clear storage containers like this make it so much easier to see and use the products that you have.  I can look at my ribbons and see what colors I have that might work on a project without opening the case.  I love that. I have other clear storage options in my room but if it’s not clear I will occasionally label the drawers so I know what is inside at a glance.



I love to display my favorite finished projects in my room and utilize my Mother’s hope chest.  Okay, so I do have a lot of favorite projects. But I do move them around, store some in the hope chest like Christmas and Halloween projects and I do give some away as gifts when an occasion arrives.  I’ve thought about selling projects but really don’t know which I would want to part with!



I’m sure you’d like to know where I store all my Graphic 45 supplies and this is it!  I like to store the pads with the spines facing out so I can see at a glance for the most part which ones are which.  I keep staples and ephemera card sets in baskets. My tags are also stored in a basket. This makes it easy for me to pull them out when I’m looking for something in particular.  The chipboard sets and tags, pockets sets are stacked on the shelf. I have another shelf where I keep my Graphic 45 albums and boxes. For the new collections that now come in a bag, I store those in a large basket on the floor by the hope chest.


I hope you enjoy my video of my craft room tour.  If you have any questions about something you see in the video, please feel free to leave a comment on the video or here and I will try to check back and answer.



And now to say goodbye.  This is my last project tutorial as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador.  I have so enjoyed the past two years creating for Graphic 45 and sharing my projects with all of you.  I want to thank you for your wonderful comments and I want to thank all of the Graphic 45 family for their generosity with their products and for the inspiration they provide to all of us with their wonderful products and designs. And I want to thank them for selecting me and giving me the honor of being on this team for two years.  I also want to thank the other Brand Ambassadors as well as the Grand Ambassadors and Special Project Designers for being so encouraging and for being my friend. I will miss working with all of you but know that I will still be inspired by you and see all of your fabulous creations. Again, thank you to all of YOU who read the blog posts, became excited about the new products and our projects..  I’ll still be around, creating and sharing my projects on my blog, YouTube, Snapguide and other places on the internet. Thank you again and good-bye and Happy Crafting! ~Sandy Trefger


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package includes Off to the Races 12x12 Paper Pad, 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, Chipboard, Die-Cut Banners, and three embellishments from our Staples collection, a $73+ value. The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, May 25th.


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

We are honored to have had the pleasure of working with Sandy for the last two years.  We hope you enjoyed each of her detailed and gorgeous projects.  Sending our hugs of gratitude to you, Sandy.  Be sure to leave some love in the comment below, and join us again tomorrow for Pam Bray's farewell post.  

Happy Papercrafting!  

68 Comment(s)

Jean Marmo:
05/22/2018, 09:45:46 AM

So elegant and pretty!

Sharon Gullikson:
05/22/2018, 10:04:26 AM

I don't know why I am always surprised by how gorgeous the projects are. Your papers are SO PRETTY and interesting, the projects have to be gorgeous. I love the craft room tours, too.

Vanessa LeClear:
05/22/2018, 10:46:16 AM

Sandy, your envelope project is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent with us, and thanks for the craft room tour. It looks like a wonderful place to create! You will be missed!

Deborah Cook:
05/22/2018, 10:53:21 AM

Sandy, so sad to see you leave G45. But I'll still see you on the internet, I know where to look. Lol... Thanks for sharing all of your lovely projects with us. You give me so much inspiration. Peace and love to you. :)

Pam Bray:
05/22/2018, 11:34:42 AM,

Fabulous studio and I so love all those beautiful Graphic 45 projects that you have on display! Love you storage!

05/22/2018, 11:35:18 AM

Beautiful project-thank you so much. Love the studio tour - so envious! Lol!

Dorothy Ferguson:
05/22/2018, 12:12:54 PM

Love the project and thanks so much for the tour.

Barbara Millar:
05/22/2018, 12:17:43 PM

Beautiful project great idea love it

05/22/2018, 12:20:57 PM

Love love it! They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us

Michele Lewis:
05/22/2018, 12:45:33 PM

Sandy, you will be greatly missed! I have learned so much from you and you always have a kind and encouraging word for fellow crafters! I love your stuffed envelope...something I am going to make!....and also your lovely neat, tidy, well organized craft room! I hope we will continue to hear from you!

Cheryl Wells:
05/22/2018, 12:51:32 PM

Your stuffed envelopes are gorgeous, and love how you have decorated your craft room - feels very comfortable!

Carrie Zimmerman:
05/22/2018, 01:43:14 PM

Beautiful and Thank you for sharing your talents and your personal space

Nancy Young:
05/22/2018, 01:56:55 PM

Absolutely stunning. I am always blown away by the beautiful things you create with these gorgeous papers.

Teresa Price:
05/22/2018, 02:14:43 PM

Thank you for two years of glorious projects and sharing your tips with us all. You have an amazing craft room - I love all of your makes :)

Sue MacFall:
05/22/2018, 02:17:40 PM

It's always sad to see old friends go. Thank you for all the help and inspiration you have given us.

Barbara Ramsey:
05/22/2018, 02:20:53 PM,

What a beautiful project! I loved the video and will be making this for myself! Thank you for sharing your talent and skill! Hugs, Barbara Diane

Sue D:
05/22/2018, 03:06:13 PM

Fabulous project and craft room. thanks for all the great tips.

Glenda Buster:
05/22/2018, 03:09:56 PM

Love the stuffed policy envelopes, tips and studio tour! Thank you for being a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassodor for the last two years and sharing all of your wonderful projects and tips. I’ll miss seeing your posts on the G45 Blog but I’ll be watching your blog and YouTube.

Martie Rollin:
05/22/2018, 03:10:23 PM

This is such a terrific project!! LOVED the video many tips for success! Thank you for this final inspiration!

Suzanne Hilborn:
05/22/2018, 03:44:29 PM

Sandy, Wishing you joyful adventures even if goodbye's are not my favorite things. Thank you for all your hard (fun) work that you have shared with us! It is truly amazing how we can become so attached to those who we know only through our "hobby lives".

Regina Harrison:
05/22/2018, 04:45:43 PM

I am really going to miss seeing Sandy's projects, you are an amazing designer. Love your studio, thanks for sharing.

05/22/2018, 04:55:31 PM,

Sandy, I have absolutely loved working with you these past two years! You are an incredible artist! But you are also kind and generous, thoughtful and helpful. I love your style, your attention detail and your incredible work ethic! I plan to keep in touch with you and follow your journey. Thank you for not only being my teammate, but a friend and constant source of inspiration! Huge hugs!!!!

Ellen Haydon:
05/22/2018, 05:26:41 PM

Sandy, thank you so much for showing us your Craft Room. I have pick up several tips I want to us for my room. I hope you will show us more of your beautiful projects. Thank you for your service. Ellen from Phoenix

Jeanette Yee:
05/22/2018, 05:32:23 PM

Thank you sharing your amazing projects and your wonderful craft room Sandy!

Diana Dillon:
05/22/2018, 05:36:20 PM

Although I am new her I have spent a good deal of time looking things over and I am amazed at the talent of you wonderful people, Thank you for taking the time to share your talent with us.

Vicki Morris:
05/22/2018, 05:39:07 PM

What gorgeous projects.

Jeanne Beam:
05/22/2018, 05:45:47 PM

Gorgeous projects. Thanks so much for sharing...

Elaine Butler:
05/22/2018, 05:46:07 PM

Love all the Graphic 45 projects!

Susan Ashby:
05/22/2018, 05:49:49 PM

Such beautiful work. You will be missed.

Kathleen E Capachione:
05/22/2018, 05:59:04 PM

Sandy, love and best wishes. Thanks for all your wonderful projects. Your final project of the stuff envelope is gorgeous. I will continue to look for your projects on line in the future. God Bless

Penny Arnold:
05/22/2018, 06:02:43 PM

What a wonderful prize! I'd love to win!

Donna Flowers:
05/22/2018, 07:42:45 PM,

Wonderful stuffed envelope and tutorial. Thanks for sharing so many great projects with us these past 2 years. You will be missed Sandy!

Dawn H:
05/22/2018, 08:16:31 PM

Pretty, pretty please and thank you!

Sherry Somers:
05/22/2018, 08:29:48 PM

I love this!! I also love that your craft room looks so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing

05/22/2018, 09:19:58 PM

This years theme for the Survivor fundraiser is hats, horses, and hope.... this paper would be perfect to scrapbook all of the Survivors Events.

Ruth Robbins:
05/22/2018, 09:23:37 PM

I so love everything G45. It's so beautiful, I really hate to cut it up.

Phaline Mays:
05/22/2018, 09:47:33 PM

This paper collection is absolutely stunning. It's sad to see it on the retire list. Gorgeous projects!

Gerry Wolfe:
05/22/2018, 09:48:18 PM

Beautiful stuffed envelope with the Floral Shoppe paper. Just love the paper, the colors & designs are gorgeous.

Laurie Bradshaw:
05/22/2018, 10:30:41 PM

Just awesome crafts! Thank you for sharing with us!

Carla Hundley:
05/22/2018, 10:59:05 PM

Fabulous design here and so lovely to look at. Carla from Utah

05/22/2018, 11:06:38 PM

So nice of you to share the give away of the beautiful G45 paper. Your craft room looks great. Wish mine was as organized. Thanks for the tips.

Deborah Anderson-Clarke:
05/22/2018, 11:29:28 PM

Thank you for the give away. I love the classic feel & lovely florals in this collection. The mixture of feminine and masculine patterns makes this collection very flexible for any occasion.

Ann Cassen:
05/22/2018, 11:37:02 PM

What an inspirational project! It makes me want to get out my supplies now. So beautiful, just my style.

Carol Jones:
05/22/2018, 11:46:22 PM

Sandy, thank you for all your inspiration these past two years! You will be missed. I will look for you on YouTube. Love your craft room tour. So pretty with all your projects and antiques. You’ve got great organization tips and your room is very well organized. Happy Crafting to you too!

05/23/2018, 12:17:34 AM

Lovely work sandy! You'll be missed, love videos...thanks for all you have shared, your the bestest...

Frances White:
05/23/2018, 02:59:48 AM

Off to the Races is a beautiful paper. It captures the life of derbies and the horses in such a glamorous way. Sandy best wishes in the next chapter of your life.

Maryann Laursen:
05/23/2018, 03:25:18 AM

Such an awesome tutorial as always from you Sandy. I love your amazing work, and is soo sad to see you go, but also know, we´ll see much more from you out there anyway. It´s been such a pleasure to follow you here, and I´ve enjoyed every project you´ve made. I wish you all the very best for your way ahead, but am sure, you wount be left alone for long before we see you on another team with your amazing skills

Charlene Ottinger:
05/23/2018, 05:06:38 AM

I'm already thinking of projects with the Off to the Races paper. And Sandy I've been so inspired by your designs with Graphic 45. You are a true artist!

Diane Smith:
05/23/2018, 05:28:17 AM

Gorgeous, absolutely love it.....oh the possibilities!!

Sandra Featherston:
05/23/2018, 07:03:17 AM

Such a great talent you have. I love Floral Shoppe. I can't wait to start this project.

Debbie Siddle:
05/23/2018, 07:07:43 AM

So sweet and I love the layering xx

Frances Perkins:
05/23/2018, 07:11:59 AM

What a beautiful project and thinking maybe I just might make this

Marji Hanlin:
05/23/2018, 07:15:05 AM

Beautiful stuffed envelope. I can’t wait to try one of these for myself. Looks like a fun project!

Angie Colwell:
05/23/2018, 07:57:31 AM

Loved your envelope tutorial! Oh my, what I wouldn't give for your craft studio! Simply love how you incorporated all your heirlooms & vintage pieces! I'm inspired! I'll miss your tutorials! Thanks, Angie

Judy Phillips:
05/23/2018, 01:42:19 PM

Wow - what a great post - great envelope project and I really enjoyed seeing your craft room. We will miss you! Thank you for everything!

Masayo Debra Cole:
05/23/2018, 01:46:04 PM

Such a wonderful gift idea. with graduation, I have a couple of friends that would love this with a gift card attached! You are such a warm and wonderful inspiration to fellow crafters, your gift to the world is your art, and your love for teaching. really enjoy watching your tutorials.

Suzanne S Schlabs:
05/23/2018, 04:14:00 PM

Sandy, You saved the best for last!! I'm really going to miss seeing all your beautiful creations with Graphic 45 products. Hope to see you in person soon! I'm a fan! Suzanne

Lynn Allen:
05/23/2018, 10:08:49 PM

So beautiful! I really enjoyed watching the tutorial. I picked up some really neat tips!! Thank you Sandy!

Magda Cortez -Brand Ambassador:
05/23/2018, 11:12:26 PM,

Sandy you did a great job thos two years! It was a pleasure be part of the team and for sure we will be in touch you are amazing! XOXO Magda

Sandra Slimak:
05/23/2018, 11:20:32 PM

Sandy, you have been my inspiration for many gift projects. Thank you for sharing your creativity with others. You're a treasure!

Stella Wiesheu:
05/24/2018, 01:20:56 AM,

Una idea preciosa para un regalo inesperado. Gracias por esta idea!

Kirsty vittetoe:

These are beautiful! I love the quote too, one of my favorite from Winnie the Pooh!

Kim Collister:
05/24/2018, 12:55:01 PM,

Graphic 45 never fails to inspire me!! Your envelope Sandy is beyond stunning and you have inspired me to make one of my own. Thank you for the opportunity to win products from Graphic 45 and wishing you all the best Sandy in your creative journeys!

Ann Cassen:
05/24/2018, 11:26:57 PM

Such a beautiful coordinated package of fun! This would make a great stuffed envelope. I gained a lot from that tutorial, thanks for posting G45!

05/26/2018, 09:10:49 AM

Gorgeous! I need some policy envelopes!

05/28/2018, 03:15:08 PM

Bless you for your creativity and endless giving of all the ideas that have both helped and inspired me to try to become a better crafter, I only wish I could buy graphic 45 products more easily in the U.K. nonetheless I'd like to thank you for all your giving

06/04/2018, 11:42:50 AM

Sandy, you will be missed. I enjoyed the elegant stuffed envelope tutorial and tour of your craft room. Hope your next chapter is fulfilling.

Sandy Thompson:
06/08/2018, 12:38:46 PM, Facebook

Your room is just beautiful,I could work in there all day. Thank you for sharing and giving some very nice ideas on storage.

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