Monday, January 10, 2011

Envelopes Envelopes Everywhere

Going off of my last post, how about some more hand-crafted envelopes?


Polar bear for winter, which I vandalized enhanced with stickers, penguins, and wrapping paper :

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Have some contrast-- here's one I made over the summer, featuring a pitcher of lemonade. This envelope traveled to the Philippines:

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Fields of lavender. I had some extra room on the address label I made, so I drew a flower there. Hey, why not?:

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A pretty waterfall (this was one of my favorites, sent to an ex who decided he didn't want to get back with me after all. Talk about wasting a good envelope XD; (Hehe) :

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Part of the fun of making these was deciding not only the cut of each envelope, but the shape, color, and location of the address label.



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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How to Recycle Magazines and Calendars

By now, most of you probably know that I went through a massive envelope-making phase around this time last year. I cut up magazine and calendar pictures and used them to make fun, quirky envelopes to send to my pen pals. This is the template I used (feel free to print out and use it yourself, if you so desire):

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This is how the front of an envelope looks right after I make it and before I add any labels:

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Step 2: Adding the address labels. You can have a lot of fun deciding their shape and placement on the envelope (at least, if you're an arts-and-crafts mail geek like me):

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Finally, an unimpressive back shot:

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If you are an avid snail mailer and haven't tried making your own envelopes, give it a try -- it can really add some originality and personalization to your correspondence.



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Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Happy belated new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful new year's eve, and that you all have a wonderful, healthy, and lucky new year!

In case you haven't already started hunting around for a new agenda planner to purchase for 2011, here are some viable options from Exacompta, the company which owns Clairefontaine and Rhodia:

~Exacompta Journal 21

~Rhodia Weekly Notebook Agenda Planner

~Quo Vadis Ib Traveler Weekly Planner


And now,

My New Year's Semester's Resolutions:

+ Blog on a regular basis, perhaps weekly. This should also help me unwind from studying in a semi-productive way

+ Alternately, make time for leisure activities

+ Make time for martial arts; hunt around for a nearby, affordable dojo

+ Get back into meditation. (Deeeeep breath...)


I'm not stupid enough to write, "Excercise on a weekly basis!" or something, because let's face it: Everyone writes that and nobody actually accomplishes it. Come March, the gyms have mostly emptied out. Which is why I resolve to make time for martial arts, instead. I'm hoping that indirectly referring to exercise will result in not jinxing the resolution. Yes, I know I sound crazy. So what else is new? :D


So, what are your new year's resolutions for 2011?