I’m a paper junkie. When I go to a craft store, I linger in the scrapbook paper aisle. I don’t do scrapbooks. I just like the paper. It’s very hard for me to throw away magazines, and I have 9 or 10 separate journals (some lined, some not lined, some tiny, some huge, some spiral bound, some for books I’ve read, some for ideas and recipes…). I like to print out things from the internet. I try to refrain from doing it too often, because it means a long session of weeding through stacks of papers, deciding what’s worth keeping and what must go in the recycle bin.

So when Justin was weeding through his design magazines and journals, I was close by to inspect what he was tossing out, just in case it was usable to me.

Voila! Envelopes! I found a great envelope template at the Hello Kitty website, printed it, cut it out, and made a template from cardstock. I then used this to make tons of envelopes from the high-quality, gorgeous paper that fills Justin’s design magazines. I used ads, articles, and artwork, and was really happy with the results. I’ll probalby never buy envelopes again, to be honest.

I tried making one envelope with a thinner sheet of paper, like you would find in a regular magazine (thought not the really cheapy ones), and it still worked out well. A bit flimsier, but still fine for holding a letter. I used a roll-on adhesive (kind of like double stick tape) to form the envelopes, and I’ll most likely seal them with a sticker. I already have address labels to use with them…now I just need to find something to mail.

4 responses to “Re-use!”

  1. I’m a paper fan too (although, like you, not for scrapbooking). I like your envelope idea. I think I’ll give it a try.

  2. I love this idea! I’m a total paper junkie, too. I can’t resist those sampler packs, even though I don’t do scrapbooking either. I’ll have to try this.

  3. I feel ya and I have so many magazines in my closet! So many things in those magazines to give me new ideas or be creatively with digital scrapbooking…it’s hard to throw them when I bought them! Just like you, I’m a total paper junkie!

  4. I’m so glad there are other paper junkies out there! I just bought another stack from Michael’s the other day. No idea what for.

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