Envelope Inspiration – Waste Not, Want Not

Envelope Inspiration - Waste Not, Want Not

As I was clearing some shelves in the craft house, I noticed my pile of magazines building up in the corner. Today is the day that I will make something out of them. In the spirit of reducing, reusing and recycling, I decided to make envelopes out of each and every page of the magazine. These magazines are outdated but the pages are filled with gorgeous photos of furniture, architectural and garden details that are too beautiful to end up in the landfill. Team that up with a pile of brown paper packaging that comes with every box of Stampin’ Up! products delivered to my doorstep, and I am a happy crafter.

Why envelopes? Envelopes are easy to make and I find myself always in need of them for the cards that I make. Don’t get me wrong, Stampin’ Up! envelopes are the best and they are my preferred envelopes when I sell my cards at markets but sometimes I also like to use envelopes that have been repurposed to add more interest to a card. It adds a rustic and environmental element to my card making. It also gives paper another chance at life.

I’m not sure if Australia Post will allow this kind of envelopes in the mail but I will ask the next time I bring my cards to post.

I already have the necessary tools so this project turned out to be easy and fun.

First, trim the paper down with the trimmer to the size of envelope you want to make. The Envelope Punch Board has a guideline for over 60 sizes of envelopes so you will be spoilt for choice. Next, punch away, fold the flaps of the envelope and glue. Done! If you have a Big Shot Machine, Die-cut some labels for the front for addresses or a message.

Not sure how to use the Envelope Punch Board?, here is a video.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s inspiration. Maybe you also have a lot of magazines that are too beautiful for the landfill. Why not repurpose them into envelopes? Happy crafting!

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