Outgoing Mail | Maps & Memories

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As my last outgoing mail post proves, I have been devoting more and more of my pen-pal-crafting time to making my own envelopes. There’s a strange freedom to be found in it: I enjoy having the ability to make mailers perfectly sized to hold a good stash of postcards and teabags. I love the magical alchemy of transmuting nearly anything–from vintage-inspired scrapbooking paper to old sheet music and maps and calendar pages–into outgoing mail. The possibilities are endless!

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A certain discount retailer store recently decided to discontinue their line of vintage-inspired paper pads, so I stocked up on some gorgeous old-time-y prints while running errands last weekend. I decided to continue the theme by cutting the labels for these envelopes out of old graph paper: making them doubly anachronistic!

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It doesn’t quite fit into the “homemade envelope” category, but I also found this adorably foxy stationery set at another store notorious for tempting me with letter-writing supplies that I don’t really need. I’ve posted at length before about my love for woodland stationery, though, so is it any surprise that I couldn’t resist a forests-and-foxes theme? The cards themselves are a little too small to contain a full letter on their own, but the stickers are the perfect size for sealing an envelope.

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Coincidentally, both stationery and scrapbooking paper alike seemed to carry on a teal color scheme this week–and since I’m too landlocked to see the real teal of the ocean anytime soon, I’ll take it!

3 thoughts on “Outgoing Mail | Maps & Memories

  1. Idle Emma March 21, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Such pretty envelopes! I love that teal colour.
    I just love making envelopes – it’s gotten to the point now where I’m hoarding paper pads because I think they’ll make lovely envelopes and then making so many envelopes that I can’t actually decide which ones to use for my letters 😀

  2. Jennifer F. Santucci March 22, 2016 / 12:00 am

    These are gorgeous! Do you happen to have a tutorial on how to make envelopes? Or know of a good one?

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