outgoing mail: desert dreaming

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It’s been a while since I created envelopes from a good ol’ pad of craft paper, right?

Apparently such pads are decreasing in popularity, as I purchased this summery set at about 25% of its original price. It’s certainly nothing compared to the thrift of magazine envelopes, but I suppose I can splurge $5 if the end result is this charmingly tropical!

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Even though Palm Springs doesn’t top my dream destination list, the sunny, retro vibe of this paper won me over in the end. Plus, how many envelopes featuring mid-century modern architecture have you seen traveling through the mail recently? I rest my case!

I made these envelopes out of square pieces of craft paper and added matching labels that were most likely supposed to be used for scrapbooking/planning. It wasn’t the worst to fold into vaguely-envelope-like shapes, but I still miss those Tiger pads of thin patterned paper that I bought in Europe!

(I also am swooning over that typeface!)

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These paper succulents (yes, they’re paper!) also found their way to a sale pile recently. I don’t know why, but my enclosures will be all the more enchantingly verdant for it.

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THIS TYPEFACE IS EVEN BETTER. Calligraphic vintage letters in my favorite hue? I can’t handle this! Look at the sleek loop of that lowercase L!

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If only I could send this off with that pretty faux-plant still attached! I also dream of one day crafting a custom envelope shaped like a cactus in a pot, but I can’t imagine how many non-machinable surcharge stamps I’d have to add to that magical creation…


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