Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Simple 01: Trace, Cut, Fold, Paste



A couple of years ago my mother gave me a beautiful calendar. The pictures were all blue and white - my favourite colour combination. 

Last Sunday afternoon rain pelted against the windows and I was restless to make something but didn't want to head down to my sewing room/studio. So I grabbed the calendar (I hate throwing pretty pictures away), an envelope, glue and scissors. I spent a fun hour making envelopes from the old calendar. 

To make envelopes, carefully take apart an envelope of the size you want, trace it onto the wrong side of the calendar pages (checking to see which way you want up), cut, fold and paste. Add a mailing label for writing the address.

By the end of the hour I had 12 pretty envelopes and put in some thinking time as well. 

20 comments:

Penny said...

Very nice envelopes you created.

Hugs,
Penny

Elizabethd said...

What a brilliant idea. I have a lovely quilt calendar with which I could do the same. Thank you!

Miss Debbie said...

What a clever idea! I always save my calendars because, like you, I hate to throw away the lovely pictures. But then I never know what to do with them.Thanks for the inspiration!

Sheila said...

Lorrie - that's a great idea - thanks so much. I always saved the free calendars given by the bank or businesses and like another of your readers, I just looked at a Quilt calendar the other day - now I know what I'll do with it. Thanks for the suggestion.

Linda said...

They are soooo pretty! Great way to spend a rainy afternoon!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea.

Bettyann said...

Thanks Lorri for a great idea..I have a few calendars ready...

Cheryl said...

I'd forgotten how much fun making envelopes is, Laurie. You've inspired us all to be on the lookout for interesting possibilities. Thanks! Cheryl

Vee said...

Oh what a good idea! Very pretty envelopes you've got there...

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, what a great idea. They are beautiful.

Lori said...

Oh my, how pretty they turned out. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us. Lori

Barb said...

Brilliant! I have a couple of calendars just waiting for me.

big hugs,
Barb

Andrea said...

what an awesome idea!

Jill Harrison said...

what a wonderful idea! thanks for sharing!

Julie Bagamary said...

I've made and sent some of these too and they are great fun.

Suzy said...

what a great idea.I've been saving beautiful calendars for some time now and this is a perfect way to use them!

thefisherlady said...

what a wonderful idea!

Kit said...

I just love this idea! Thanks. Kit

Irene said...

What a great idea, I have a little gadget called the enveloper, which scores envelope lines for any size of envelope, I tend to make cards that are odd sizes.

Jill Harrison said...

oh I love this idea! beautiful.