If there’s one thing I feel more and more as the years go by, and as I raise my son and watch him grow, it’s that LOVE makes the world go round and so much sweeter. As much as I enjoy keeping up with my girlfriends via text messages and all the funny notes we exchange back and forth, there’s still something special about receiving a handwritten note. It’s a tangible expression that you care, that you went the extra mile to say, “I’m thinking of you.” Don’t get me wrong- texts, emails and calls can convey the same sentiment, but it’s so nice to get something other than bills and junk mail. Don’t you agree?I created colorful DIY envelopes to mail my notes in and they couldn’t be simpler to make.
I used scrapbook paper and heavy-weight gift wrap that I already had on hand.
To make the envelope, I opened a real one and then just traced the outline onto the paper I wanted to use for the envelope. This template is easy to duplicate over and over, then you just fold and glue the edges together. I was out of my glue stick, so I used double-sided tape.
To make the envelopes even prettier, I created a coordinating envelope liner with a different patterned paper. Then, I embellished the back of the sealed envelope with washi tape. I thought the recipient’s address would be difficult to read on the patterned paper, so I used a label to handwrite the address on. (This “friend” is fictional since I didn’t think my girls would appreciate me giving out their address;)
It took no time at all to create the envelopes, and not much more time to draft the written sentiment inside. Wouldn’t you like to receive one of these in the mail? Because I used a regular envelope as my template, I knew these could be mailed with a standard stamp.
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a Mother’s Day gift idea.