Tuesday, August 21, 2012

the DIY: MAGAZINE ENVELOPES

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Well I got this idea from our friend Nina. She was making these super cute envelopes out of scrapbook paper and I really wanted to make some! So I came home and made some! They are so so SO simple and add a personal touch to your envelopes.
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You will need: An old magazine, scissors, an envelope, a glue stick and a Sharpie.
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Tear out some magazine pages that you like.
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Carefully pull the envelope apart. I failed at this miserably but was able to make it work.
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Trace the envelope on a magazine page.
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Cut the envelope shape out.
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Turn the envelope over as well as the magazine cut-out. Place the magazine cut-out on top of the envelope and fold the envelope back together (with the magazine cut-out on the inside).
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Unfold everything and separate the magazine cut-out from the envelope.
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Glue the bottom flap down to the two side flaps.
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And you've made your own envelope!
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The great thing about making these envelopes our of magazine pages is that the envelopes have a character all of their own. And it'd be hard to make two of the same envelopes.
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42 comments:

  1. Love these and used to make them - will have to have another go!

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  2. Its great making envelopes, I've been making them out of old vintage maps.

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  3. Brilliant idea! Great way to use what you've already got lying around :D

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  4. First off I'm absolutely in LOOOVE with your new layout, it's FANTASTIC!! These envelopes are adorable, great idea :)

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  5. This is such a great idea- I would never think of doing this. There's been so many times when I ran out of envelopes but have 10 old magazines laying around.

    Life Unsweetened

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  6. Love this idea!!
    I mentioned you guys in a blog post, check it out if you get a chance :)
    http://youremeaghanmecrazy.blogspot.ca/2012/08/best-of-blogs.html

    Definitely trying this! Really cute idea for giving out gift cards or small personal gifts, would add a really nice touch.

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  7. That is such a cute idea, I love it!

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  8. This is a lovely idea :) Have you tried using it? I feel as if one magazine page may be too thin and would tear really easily!

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    1. Maybe use only magazine covers for a sturdier envelope? Just a thought.

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  9. What a cool, great and creative idea! :D

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  10. Ah, you've brought back a fun memory... I used to write letters to my boyfriend, now husband, and put them in handmade envelopes. I would use a white stick-on label as a space for the name and address so the post office wouldn't freak out. :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. What a super idea, a great way to use all of those pretty colorful ads.

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  12. The new look is awesome:) and a great tutorial!

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  13. Wonderful! It was great to be reminded of this! My MOM (now 86) used to make magazine envelopes and send me letters at summer camp! Seems like the P.O. let them go through as long as the address areas were clear. It was so much fun to get these! And even as I write this I can think of so many different ways to use these clever envelopes! Thank you for posting this idea!

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  14. a clever idea!i actually cut out a page that had something relevent to what was going in it to make it even more cute!

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  15. Really pretty!
    I used to make similar things when I was a teenager. These days busy with my daughter, so when I'm creative I make her photo albums, scrapbook, diary...

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  16. This is such a great idea!! What a great use for old magazines, I love it!

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  17. Wow so cute! I have a ton of magazines and didn't know what to do with them. Would be great for Christmas!! Very cute blog, I'll def. be following :)

    Emily
    emilyp711.wordpress.com

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  18. I did the same thing with old maps :)

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  19. This is cute, but it seems like it would be tough to get writing to show up on them!

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  20. What a smart idea! It definitely puts those old magazines lying around to good use

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  21. I love it! I'm totally going to make some. What a great way to recycle!

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  22. I just think your website is beautiful. Pretty in pink

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  23. I'll definitely keep this in mind for the future. Something that's easy to make, green and cute!

    thesassylife.com

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  24. Oookay, now THIS DIY is GREAT!
    I pinned it immediatly! ;)
    XO,
    www.preppyandfunny.wordpress.com

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    1. That is such a neat idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. What a great idea, really interesting and good. I am going create some right now. Thank you for posting this idea!

    custom printed envelopes

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  26. Really cute. Never thought of this before.

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  27. I've made them with paper, but never thought of recycling a magazine that way -- cute!

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  28. Oh! Soooo cute!!!!! really helpful... Thank you amazing girls!!

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  29. such a simple DIY.. your blog looks beautiful!

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  30. cute idea! Can't wait to try this!
    http://13plumconfessions.blogspot.com

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  31. This is SO clever. I'm just realizing this now: when I was younger, a) I used to make envelopes out of boring plain paper, b) I used to keep cutting from here and there to make a neat one - why didn't I think of deconstructing one and then following the lead? Haha!

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  32. Such a good idea, so pretty and thrifty!

    http://www.salutetocute.blogspot.co.nz/

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  33. I love a good repurpose idea! And they look great. A must try! http://janesapple.com

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  34. Awesome! Great way to repurpose and recycle old magazine especially if they have cool pics that you want to treasure and keep. Thanks for sharing!

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