It’s time to change calendars and I couldn’t let the perfect Sierra Club landscapes of last year go to waste, so I made some envelopes.
old calendar pages
washi tape (optional)
I made 4×6 envelopes. I started by drawing a big 8inch by 10inch square on the back. I usually free hand the rest of this but here is a template to show you what I do.
Cut out the large rectangle. Then take 1 inch off of each side of the bottom flap and 1 inch off each side of the top flap. I also trim the top flap at this point, which are the diagonal lines I drew in.
Just add some washi tape around the edge and you’re ready to send it. I suggest using a white paint marker or metallic Sharpie for addressing darker pages.
I also used a couple pages to line envelopes I had on hand. Simply trace the envelope on the image, cut it out, slide into the envelope, and the secure it to the flap with a line of glue.
I saw these adorable matchboxes from Kim’s Little Monsters and thought I would make some of my own. These will make great little gifts or stocking stuffers. The best part is that you can use whatever supplies you have on hand and really personalize them. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect, the imperfections add to their charm.
scrapbook paper/paper/washi tape
pens/markers/colored-pencils/paints (whatever you prefer)
First wrap the outside.
Then draw the cover. Cut to size and glue on the top.
Now decorate the inside. Cut a decorative background and glue it into place. Then make a character. If you’re not a great at drawing, you can use a photo or clipart. Cut out your character and glue to a small piece of cardboard (smaller than the character so you won’t see it). This will add depth. Glue it into place.
Lastly, add words of encouragement. Draw a ribbon and write in something sweet. Cut it out and leave a tab on the side. Fold and glue the tab to the side of the matchbox.
Here is another quick notebook you can make from a postcard and some scrap paper.
These make great travel journals, since they are small enough to fit in your pocket. When I travel I try to write down funny quotes and moments from the trip, the little things you forget about; later these are the perfect captions for photos. I started doing this after I scanned all my family photos, most of them had notes on the back that gave me a better idea of what was going on. It bummed me out to realize when I look back at my own photos, how much I will have forgotten about those moments. So I try to record more and when I put together photo books or albums I include these little notes.
paper (cut to size)
2 small binder clips
Fold postcard and paper directly in half.
Position paper inside postcard. Use the binder clip to secure the paper to the postcard.
Use needle to punch though paper and post card from the inside. If you are making a thick notebook, you may want to use a hammer and nail to punch the holes.
Run floss through holes and tie on the inside.
Trim the excess floss.
If your notebook is thick, place it under a stack of heavy books to flatten it.
That’s all there is too it. Really easy to put together, it only takes about 5 minutes.
CONFESSION: I buy too many postcards.
I’ve found a few uses, other than just sticking a stamp on them, that I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks. Here is a simple matchbook-stlye notebook. It’s the perfect pocket sized notebook to jot down a daily to-do list or other short notes.
Cut paper to size. Slightly smaller than the width of the card by half the height minus 1/2 inch. My postcard was 4 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch so I cut my paper to 4×3.
Fold base of postcard up about 1/2 inch.
Place stack of paper under the fold and staple it. Since it is wider than a traditional matchbook, I stapled it twice.
Fold the top down over the paper and slip under the bottom flap to close.
This is a simple, cute way to share cuttings or starters of your favorite plants.
Hammer and nail
Small rocks or pottery shards
Succulent cutting, herbs, or whatever you prefer
Scrapbook paper or origami paper
I used some paint I found in my garage. But you might check out the rejected paint shelf at your local paint superstore, you can usually get bright colors on the cheap because they were mixed wrong. Too bright for walls is perfect for crafts.
Dip the cans directly into the can of paint as deep as you’d like. Allow excess to drip off for a minute. Set on wax paper to dry. Move a few times during drying to prevent the excess paint from pooling and drying around the bottom edge.
Holes provide drainage, which is important for succulents. Add about 6 using a hammer and nail. If you intend to use this indoors such as on a desk or windowsill, you do not have to poke holes. Just be careful not to over water.
Put a layer of small rocks in the base of the can. Fill with dirt. Plant and water.
If you want to make it a gift, follow these fantastic instructions for an origami bow from Let’s Create. Attach it to the front with glue. If using a glue with a long drying time, use a clothes pin to hold the bow in place while it dries.