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Basic 5×7 Handmade Envelopes: Tutorial

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Since I just took some senior pictures for my sister I wanted to send a few 5x7s to our family with our Christmas cards this year. Unfortunately (or fortunately, since it gave me a craft project to work on?) the cards I already had were smaller than 5×7, so the pictures wouldn’t fit in the envelopes that came with them. I decided to make some.

I spent some time looking around for a pattern or a template online, but I didn’t have much luck finding ones I liked that were the right size. I decided to just do what seemed logical to me in the scheme of envelopes.

First, I found some cardstock I had around (standard 8×11 paper size). I realized later I probably had some colored construction paper somewhere, but the white made the stamps show up better anyways. The first one wasn’t as awesome as it could have been, mostly because I was using it for trial and error. Turns out I wish I had more stamps! If we’d had some potatoes I might have tried to make one.

Let's mail some holiday cheer, yo.

Supplies you will need: scissors, heavyweight paper of some sort, your choice of decorating supplies, a pen or pencil, and glue or tape. And postage, if you ever want your mail to get delivered.

Alternatively, you could use two thinner papers (wrapping paper and regular weight, for example) and glue the two pieces together to make a regular weight envelope. I wanted these to be heavier, to protect the pictures from our trusty postal service’s ungentle hands.

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Homemade Cards

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Poor neglected blog! Well, I’m slowly crawling back from the brink of grad school induced insanity with a mere 6.5 days, half a grant proposal, and one presentation to go until the very end. While my brain was in manic mode this week, I had an idea for modifying a nice tote bag I got from work (complete with the less than attractive Lily logo). That will take place later since I still don’t yet have the time/energy/commitment to pick up that sewing combo project just yet. During a lazy lunch break on Thursday when I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym I decided I would walk the mile to the craft store during my break instead to get the supplies for said project… I got fabric paint, a swiveling xacto thing, and some $1 stamps and ink pads that I thought would be fun (and were pretty cheap).

My plan involves making stencils. If you know me, you know I can’t draw or paint to save my life, so stencils seem like a reasonable solution. At any rate, potentially wasting fabric in the event of my stencils not coming out as planned seemed like a likely pitfall, so I decided papercrafts were the way to test them out- especially as I have a list of at least 5 people who need congrats/thanks/birthday cards (almost all of which are belated….sorry y’all!)

Supplies

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