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.