|After sealing up the sides, adding decorative tape if wanted - just stuff the envelope and seal.|
Slap a mailing label on the front, address, stamp and you are ready to rock and roll.
Or, take a walk to the post box.....
|Templates for envelope making|
If you don't want to do free form envelopes, you can buy clear, plexi envelope templates from Amazon
and, here in the USA, from The Paper Source. The advantage to the clear templates is that
you can position your template just the way you want it and see what will be showing on your envelope.
You use position template, trace with a pencil and cut out. Then tape or glue together.
This one was $1.50 from the Japanese Dollar Store here in SF.
|Thanksgiving envelopes - catalog arrived today and I have a couple of envelopes ready to go out for Thanksgiving.|
And here's a look at some great envelopes made by my pal
These are very cool - there is no end to ideas for envelope-making.
|Edible SF magazine - a freebie. After reading it's envelope making time...|
A lot of folks like to buy stationery and there are lots of places to do that - but I love re-cycling and re-purposing (again). I find old pads of paper in thrift shops and at
(think Korean Airlines stationery).
If your friends and family know you are into mail art and re-using they may clear out their basements or attics and offer up old hotel stationary or postcards that have been stored away.
Use rubber stamps to decorate.
I got a hold of some very old copy-right free designs and went to the copy center and got 100 great pieces of stationery.
If I wanted to get really crazy I could get out my colored pencils and color some of these in.
|Charming, don't you think? And cheap!|
Wow. Talk about creative! Very good. Smart, too. Thanks. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Limner! Always good to have you chime in to the conversation.Delete
Ooh, never saw one of those clear templates. Have to get me one of those. Thanks for the mention. I like your simple 3-fold too. I love your take out menu pieces, those are so much fun. xox CorrineReplyDelete
Your envelopes are pretty sturdy - they are at least two pages thick, right? A single thickness magazine page won't hold up so well when mailed.ReplyDelete
Love the old novel covers!
So cool! I love the novel cover cards. That's the kind of stationery that could really start a conversation!ReplyDelete
Thanks for commenting, Marion.Delete
Garci--I think it depends on the paper you use-I do sometimes double up on the paper if I think I need to but some is very study ...like the glossy catalog pages...(outgoing to you tomorrow Garci)ReplyDelete
Love your envelopes! The novel cover cards are really cool!!ReplyDelete
What a great find that $1.50 template from J-town is! Perfect for a mail kit. (Paper-Source templates are good but a bit pricey to take along when shopping for envelope material - I don't want to have to buy more.) I like your tri-fold envelopes, too. Simple, quick & easy.ReplyDelete
Oh yes --Jan-a-Banana -- I like tri-folds too. Haven't really met an envelope I haven't liked! Except for plain white, of course....Delete
Great post - thanks for sharing :). I already make envelopes myself, but it's always good to see how others do it and the pictures here are a great inspiration :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Siel! Happy Mailing.Delete
Just tried it, works perfectly ! Thanks for the lesson in envelope making :) What I just did also is, I copied the paper I used for the envelope on printing paper (you can use all kinds of effect these days for the image you use) and so you have your fitting stationary to your envelope.ReplyDelete
I'm going to make an envelope tomorrow, just bought some really nice paper. You'll see it in a week (or two, the mail's slow at the moment) :DReplyDelete
I always enjoy your envelopes and stationary because as you said, it's different from what we have here!
Annejo -- you make fabulous envelopes and I've been lucky enough to get a number of them.Delete
I ♥LOVE♥ your post today!!! I enjoy creating envelopes too. You inspired me even more. WOW!!! Where did you find the envie template? I go to J-town a lot and haven't found anything like it at Ichiban-Kan or Daiso. Thank you for sharing. :)ReplyDelete
You always inspire me to write more.
@Puakalehua--I got the template at Daiso but they went fast. I bought a few and went back for more and they were all gone.....but I have seen individual templates on Amazon ...ReplyDelete
These are great ideas! I didn't know envelopes could be made so easy. Thanks so much for this post!ReplyDelete
pocci -- where have you been? Making envelopes is totally easy -- and quite addictive too. Have you been making some?Delete
OH!!! Awesome!!! I'll have to check it out next time I go to a Daiso store. :)ReplyDelete
Puakalehua - do you have a Diaso store near you? Aren't they wonderful?Delete
Gorgeous, Pamela! Your blog posts always make me want to run right to my desk and get busy.ReplyDelete
Better go and get busy Sallyw!Delete
Fans - this gal Pamela knows what she's talking about! :D I've cut envelopes from templates for years, then starting making random-sized straight cut envelopes. ...Then I saw how she used the washi tape on the edges instead - this is the way of many of my envelopes now! What, more reasons for procuring more washi tape? :D Merci Beaucoup Pamela.....ReplyDelete
@GinaVisione - well, thank you very much! And your envelopes are great - just got a real beauty from you in the mail yesterday....ReplyDelete
Great envelopes! Who wouldn't be thrilled to get one of these in their mailbox!!!ReplyDelete
Dave -- you've got to send good mail to get good mail!Delete
so inspiring! Time to go use my stash of saved papers!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Allison. Enjoy your envelope making and welcome to the blog!Delete
Looking back at this, I realize I was planning on a part two...better get busy myself..
I've been making my own envies for a while now, and now that is all I use. I never buy them anymore, and I always look trough magazines before I recycle them ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, I'll check out second hand shops for something I can use the next time I visit my city :)
Hi Elizabeth - thanks for commenting. oh yes -- isn't making your own envelopes a lot of fun? I pick up anything I can get my hands on -- flyers, menus, tourist brochures, maps -- even homework the school kids toss out. I love to re-purpose.Delete
Great ideas! I especially like the old copyright-free borders and romance novels. I really need to replenish my supply of cards and stuff (the stamps are meant as raw material for that… we'll see). This provides some welcome inspiration.ReplyDelete
And Daiso… sigh. Last time I was down that way, I discovered their Daly City store, but haven't yet been to the main one in Japantown. One of these days… !
Wow. Talk about creative!ReplyDelete