I can’t hide my love for mail art supplies: there’s something very soothing, when budget allows, about collecting on-sale stickers, decorative tape, and enormous, glittery paper stacks. Embarking on a craft store treasure hunt often gives me inspiration for new envelope designs even as I’m browsing!
The best part about being a snail mail hobbyist, of course, is that you don’t always need to spend lots of money on supplies. Sometimes, a little ingenuity and a lot of old ephemera is all that’s required to create a fun mailing for any pen pal.
Ever since I was young, I’ve had a hard time resisting the urge to hoard old calendars. The calendar itself may be out of date by the time January rolls around, but the pictures haven’t changed: it just feels so wrong to through out such lovely images after only a year!
For these envelopes, then, I decided to ransack my current French Garden calendar, carefully cutting off the designs for January through April without damaging the rest of the remaining months. You can never start recycling too soon!
The envelopes I used were rescued from a past life, too! These were part of the massive bag of unwanted stationery I found for $4 at a Goodwill in Maine earlier in the summer. I’ve barely used these green guys until now because of their size, but since they played a starring role in my mermaid mail, I thought I’d give them another shot.
The finishing touch? A few diagonal strips of my favorite washi tape by MT. It was given to me as a birthday gift and has seen lots of use ever since! I love its intricate map design, which lends itself to a lot of different mail art applications. The vintage look certainly make it a perfect complement to the rest of the envelopes’ theme.
What do you think? Not bad for a bunch of calendar pages, right?