DIY envelopes? what’s that you say!?

i stumbled upon a blog post that really moves my heart! i love paper…all things paper, and maybe i should not love it so much since it uses up trees, and the world seems to want to shy away from using up trees, but i just think it is so beautiful, delicate, and wonderful, although i believe in “going green”. i have shared with you in the past a store here in Nashville that i love called “the paper source”, but today, i will share with you a great opportunity for their pretty pretty paper! and it will be handmade! ….i am so excited!

i found this post on a blog called “Fellow Fellow“. from what i can already tell, i am going to LOVE this sight. there are plenty of DIY projects that i want to accomplish one day, but there are not that many that seem fully possible. i deem this one in the second category.

all you need is your choice of paper, glue, scissors, and a paint pen! your color choices are endless. Fellow Fellow created an envelope template that you can download right here in Letter and A4 formats, so you can print it straight onto your paper. The finished envelope is 8 x 12cm (approx. 3 x 4.7 inches).


Here are her steps…
"Step 1: Cut the paper using the template (or create your own size/shape and draw it onto the paper).

Step 2: I found it easier to fold and glue the envelope before drawing on it so the pattern was seamless, but you can do it either way. Fold along the dotted lines. Glue the centre-back seam, and then glue the bottom flap over the top. Put it under a book for a few minutes to keep it flat.

Step 3: Get drawing! Use your paint pen to draw whatever you like onto your envelopes (this could be a fun task if you have kids too, and would result in some really personal gift packaging!). And you’re done! Stuff it with whatever you like, seal the top and ta-daaaa! :)"


presto change-o

i have mentioned before that my friend Kate is getting married this coming October. i am really excited for her and her soon-to-be hubby! they are wonderful people, full of heart and creativity. originally their wedding was set for a different date, but october just seemed to fit the schedule better….unfortunately, they were on the ball with their invitations, leaving them with really cool invites with the wrong date! yikes! kate didn’t want to get rid of the invites, so she asked me if there was any way i could do a little “touch up” to them. this is what i came up with, and i must say, i am super proud and love how they turned out!

The original invitations

my job was to cover the date, time, and location section on the main piece, and the RSVP date on the postcard

I tried a few different things, but we wanted to tie in the burlap backing and the salmon color on the originals since we were keeping all these details. what ended up being the best decision was to buy some salmon colored sticker labels that perfectly matched the size of the area to be covered.

next i wanted to be sure to tie the burlap in to make the whole piece cohesive, so i hot-glued a thinner piece of burlap across. it ended up looking pretty cute!

after this, i moved on to the RSVP cards to mix up the atmosphere. this was time consuming, but oddly fun! i bought this awesome little tool called the Xyron 150 Create A Sticker that makes stickers out of paper! how cool! i made tiny labels that covered up the old RSVP date, cut them out, and created a border around them with a stamp called Gray Whale. it was the closest gray color to matching the gray around the invitations. then you just peel the back off the piece and it is a sticker. poof!

the best match for the salmon/pink color was “strawberry”. it dried to an almost perfect match. i bought a “create your own stamp” kit of numbers and letters, set them up, and stamped the new date on the tiny tags i made.

lastly, i had to replace the new wedding date/time/location information. instead of just printing a new sticker to cover the original area, i made tags to hang around the neck of the mason jar. this is one of my favorite additions. i will say that it was a struggle to match the font and color, but we got it covered! the font was Nashville. i found it on there are tons of fonts that would be fun to use on there. i will have to remember that for the future.

i printed pages of about 10 labels per page, drew tag borders on them, then cut them out.

after i cut them out, i repeated the technique i used for the RSVP tags, stamping the edges with gray whale.

i bought some burlap string and used that to tie the tags to the invites.

the final product felt cohesive and natural, like they were made that way all along, which is what i was going for.

this is how they looked after i was fully finished and they were ready to mail.

i learned several techniques by doing this, stretching my creative bone a little more.

clean eating…

lately i have been attempting new things in my world. it can be exciting, yet also intimidating, and a little fumbly.

step one: i have been trying to create more peace in my life. a friend of mine started a meditation group, which i attended a couple wednesdays ago. i am a woman of faith, specifically believing in Jesus Christ, but i think meditation can be a spiritual course for all religions. i really enjoyed the session. it is certainly something to get used to.

step two: i have been diving into new artistic endeavors. i recently visited The Paper Source in Nashville, TN…and i can safely say i am in love. i already knew i loved paper and stationary, but now i feel like i would like to swim in a sea of patterns and techniques. i am very excited about all this! i think i might take some of their instructional classes soon. i learned how to “hot-box”…atleast i think that is what it is called. i will be posting about a specific project i recently completed tomorrow thanks to the lovely ladies and their helpful guidance.

step three: adam and i have been “clean-eating” lately. i might have mentioned in the past that adam was into paleo eating when i first met him. he still visits this style of eating in different intervals, and right now i am trying to pitch in by cooking some healthy meals.

i bought a magazine called “Clean Eating” to try out some recipes. tonights dinner had its ups and downs. i cooked a Moroccan-Spiced Salmon, which turned out delightful. i tried to cook Grilled Vegetables with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette…..this was NOT up my alley. turns out i don’t like the combination of honey, lime, cilantro, ginger, and chili-powder. i think it is the ginger. but if you are a fan of these flavors, you should give it a whirl.

as for the salmon, i will share that with you. it was unbelievably simple. it is just a rub of the following ingredients:

1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
4 x 4-oz. boneless salmon fillets, skin on

you just mix all the dry ingredients, rub it on the salmon, then cook face down (skin up) for 2 minutes, flip, and cook until opaque (skin down). the combination was pretty tasty. it probably took me 10 minutes total to prepare and cook.

my last goal is to try and get more sleep…so off to bed with me!