Here's a great way to recycle paper by making your own envelopes and note cards.
Hint: I often use old maps and pages from old magazines.
We will be creating a tri-fold style closed envelope, which is much simpler than the triangular style closure seen on many postal envelopes but you can use any envelope as your pattern.
Write your note and slide it inside the envelope. Fold over your closure. You can either paste your envelope closed after inserting the notecard, or just fold the flap inside the envelope. Or make a set and give them to a friend as a gift.
By Mara from Seattle, WA
I like this idea but - I can't understand the instructions. I think I know how to use the common style envelope as a template, But I would like to try this different style. Anywhere I can find a template for the style you are doing? Or maybe describe a trifold envelope? My memory may just need a little jog. TIA
I love making envelopes out of old calendar pages, magazine pages, wrapping paper, even tissue paper. I've got so many envelopes now that I'll never use them all. lol
For varying patterns I had been going to suggest the Donovon Template site, but it's been suspended for some reason. There are however other templates available online.
Here are some links that people might find useful;
A tip for making your own out of a regular store bought envelope, for a long lasting pattern, trace around it and cut it out of stencil or quilter's plastic. Doing that also offers the added bonus of allowing you to see the underlying image and to use the picture more effectively.
The envelopes and notecards in your photos are quite beautiful.
HI ALL , TO MAKE TEMPLATES THAT LAST I USE OLD X-RAY FILMS NO LONGER USED ,TRACE FROM OLD ENVELOPES YOU ALREADY HAVE , TRACE THEN SIMPLY CUT OUT , VOILA
HOPE THIS HELPS YOU
Judging by the pictures, I think that tri-fold means (1) fold up the bottom side of the paper (just slightly less than half the length) to make the back of the envelope (2) fold in the 2 sides then (3) fold down the extra bit on top to close the envelope.
I've been thinking of trying this for awhile, after seeing these pics I'm all inspired and determined to give it a go this weekend. Your envelopes and notecards are gorgeous!