Recycled Envelopes + Happy Weekend

Whenever I get to spend even just a couple of minutes creating something with my hands, it is a happy weekend indeed!  I am grateful that lately, the hubby has been indulging me with this, giving me my much needed relaxation from a hectic, busy week.  He takes over parental duties, while I lose myself in the wonderful world of crafting :).

A couple of weekends ago, I decided to make some recycled envelopes.  I got the idea from my salon, actually :).  They started making their tip envelopes out of magazine pages and I thought that was such a brilliant idea!

I’ve always been a staunch advocate of reusing, recycling or upcycling.  Especially that we can see how the effects on Mother Nature have been particularly harsh lately, it’s never too late to do our share for the environment :).  In this case, instead of throwing away the piles of magazines that I’ve accumulated at home, why not turn them into something useful such as envelopes? 🙂

Here is a simple how-to:

1. Gather all the materials you will be needing

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2. Get one of your used envelopes and open it up using a cutter.  You’ll be using this to trace a template onto your piece of cardboard.  You can totally eliminate this step and use the envelope itself as a template, but sometimes, because the paper is “soft”, you’ll notice the edges will start getting worn out the more you trace over it.  I prefer to use a stiff board as a template :).

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3. After you’ve cut the envelope template out, you may also want to make a template for the envelope liner.  Simply trace the rectangular body and top flap part of the envelope.  Measure 1/4 cm from the top edge and left edge and mark where they meet with a dot.  Then draw a diagonal line from the bottom left corner of the top flap to that dot, and repeat on the right side.  Draw a straight line connecting the dots from left to right, and cut out this portion from the cardboard.

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4. After you’ve cut out all your templates, start choosing the magazine pages you’d like to cut, and pair it with the pattern you’d like to use for the liner.  In this case, I chose a picture with bright and beautiful flowers on it, and paired it with a green and pink floral pattern origami paper.

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5. Starting with the envelope template, I traced it over the part of the page where the flowers were concentrated.  After cutting it out, I did the same with the envelope liner template.

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7. Before sticking the liner onto the envelope, I had to score it first.  By doing so, I created lines that I could align with the edges of the liner.  I used my metal ruler to help me make straight lines.

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8.  Stick the liner onto the envelope with the rubber cement.  For those of you who are not familiar with rubber cement, it is a wonderful adhesive that does not cause any wrinkling, and is less messy than regular glue.  Also, if you make a mistake with rubber cement, it is easy to peel the paper off again and redo. Unlike glue where the paper tends to rip, rubber cement is much friendlier especially for those of us who get pretty OC with our crafting :).

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After gluing the liner, you can also start assembling and gluing the envelope itself.

9. Finish off by putting a round sticker at the flap :).  Again, this step is optional, but I thought it gave the envelope a little bit of polish :).

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So there you have it, a tutorial on making envelopes out of magazine pages :). Easy peasy, right? 🙂  And super fun to make!  Trust me, once you get into the groove of it, you will notice the hours just pass you by! 🙂

Hope you have an amazing weekend!!! 🙂

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