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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Custom Made Envelopes

I love writing notes. I used to write notes all the time for my parents and leave them in fun places and now I do it for my husband. I would even make little envelopes to put them in. The other day, I made a card for my friend's birthday (Happy birthday Anne!), but I realized I didn't have an envelope to send it in. That's when I thought I could make one.

1. I found a nice page out of a magazine and began to fold.

2. Fold one side of the paper over about an inch, then slip the card to that side.

3. Then fold the right side over the top (it will probably hang over).

4. Trim off the excess paper that was hanging over.

5. Unfold everything and fold up the bottom.

6. Trim the top of the envelope, but not all the way (this is going to be the flap of the envelope. If you are unsure, check out the next pic before cutting.

7. This is the rough template you are going for.

8. Put the card back into the "envelope."

9. Put some glue on the left side.

10. Press closed.

11. Fold up the bottom like you are wrapping a gift.

12. Use some glue to secure the bottom.

13. At this point make sure your card is really in the envelope. Then fold the top flap just like you did the bottom.

14. Here is a picture of what the back looks like.

15. Find another piece of paper or a label to put on the front and address it to the lucky recipient.

What a great way to recycle some old magazine pages and spread some cheer!

I will be linking up to these parties this week.

Oh, and Anne, if you are reading this, your card is a little late, but I hope you had a great birthday today!!


  1. I wanted to let you know I gave you an award on my blog!


    Thanks for all your cute ideas! :)
    Have a great day!

  2. I have a set of envelope templates that I bought through Martha Stewart at least 15 years ago and I still love, love it! There's no end to the gorgeous papers you can use so it never gets old!

    Great blog.

  3. Cute - and what a great way to recycle those magazines!

  4. What a cute idea for recycling those magazines! Love it!
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  5. That's cute! I like how you said to make sure the card is really in there! : ) That would be me. All proud of myself and cleaning up, and there's the card, sitting to the side waiting to go in the now sealed envelope! Nice tutorial, too.

  6. I love the print you used.

    Thank you for linking up to Upcycled Awesome number 14!

  7. I've done something similar with photo pages from old calendars...and they can sent thru US mail, too, using a white label on the front!

  8. I like this -very personal and creative!

  9. humm, I never would have thought of doing that! Cleaver, cleaver! :)

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  13. Great recycling! Found you via Fri Follow. Have a good weekend!

  14. What a great way to repurpose and recycle a magazine page! I have made envelopes before, but never thought to use pretty magazine pages. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I love this and wanted you to know I have featured this today on my blog. What a wonderful idea. I am going to try this envelope this weekend!!



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  19. Hi there,

    New follower from New Friend Fridays. Such a cute craft. You are quite talented. Wish that I could be as half as talented as that.

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  20. What a clever idea. Great design you chose for the front. Thanks for linking this up to Scrappy Saturdays!

  21. What a great idea. Recycling and making new, useful item. Your instructions are very clear. Thanks for the idea.

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