Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Elevated Envelope Project

I just had the honor of participating in an awesomely fun project called The Elevated Envelope. Tara over at Ephemera headed up this summer themed endeavor to "bring back" the joy of snail mail. I, for one, am a HUGE fan of snail mail. I love paper, texture and envelopes too much to do away with it. Yes, it's more costly, and it can definitely be a time-suck, but doesn't it put a smile on your face when you receive a pretty, tangible thing in the mail? :)

So, Tara challenged all participants to refrain from using the computer as much as we could to make our envelopes, using the theme of Summer as mentioned above. And we all know how much I love handmade, so I was so excited to jump in to this!

I absolutely love finding ways to use my fabric scraps I have laying around, so this was a perfect opportunity. I decided to make each envelope different for some variety. In order for the fabric to hold it's shape, I used some coordinating scrapbook paper for the inside.

Inside I included this cute card:

along with a pack of flower seeds that Amelie helped me pick out :) and then tied it together with some bakers twine (LOVE me some bakers twine!)

On the front, I doodled on a piece of cardstock for the address label (just cause it was fun!) and then used some washi tape (LOVE me some washi tape!) to stick everything together.

On the back, I sealed it with my return address label (LOVE me some kraft paper labels!) and

(I might have done some praying that they would stay together in the mail first.)

So, in a nutshell, I pretty much used a BUNCH of my favorite things for this project. I hope everyone in my group enjoyed their snail mail from me. I challenged myself to try something new and I loved it! I also got some awesome envelopes in the mail from everyone in my group as well. I will blog about those soon!

If you're interested in participating in the next go-around, Tara will be having another Elevated Envelope "event" in January, so stay tuned to her blog for more info on that!

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