Friday, March 21, 2014


Here's a great idea I just heard about when watching a You Tube video (can't remember whose). She just made mention of this in passing, but I thought it was a great idea! Why didn't I think of this?

Make envelopes using old CTMH catalog pages (or any magazine pages), and your score board or envelope punch board. Or make some sweet tiered paper flowers!  What a great idea for those old catalogs (CTMH Idea Books) that are sitting around your house, or for that matter, magazines.

I like the idea of using old CTMH catalog pages, or from other crafty publications or magazines, because there are such pretty pictures, and pictures of stamp set images. I know a lot of you have made envelopes, but maybe some haven't, so I"m doing a (kind of ) quick tutorial on making envelopes and some little tiered paper flowers.

For this tutorial, I tore a couple of pages out of an old CTMH Idea Book (gasp! that was hard to do, but I had several from over a year ago).

Let's get started. This is a little long so go get a cup of tea or your favorite beverage, and a little snack and get comfortable.

Step 1:  Tear a page out that isn't too busy or has some pictures of a stamp set.

Step 2: Decide the envelope size you want, and using your score board instructions (I used my Martha Stewart large scoreboard) or envelope punch board (We R Memory Keepers has one), cut the page to the correct size, and then make the score lines. I'm making mine a standard A2 size.

When all scores are made, this is what it looks like.
Step 3: If using the MS score board, you have to cut out the little pieces where the score lines intersect, like this (below). Cut out all 4 pieces. If using an envelope punch board, there is a punch on it that punches out these 4 little pieces. Very handy and I want one!

 Now it looks like this:

Now reinforce all score lines with your bone folder.

Step 4: Fold envelope into shape and fold the side flaps over the bottom flap. You will see a little point that sticks up. I usually cut mine off by drawing a line, then snip off.

So now your envelope should look like this. Note that the bottom flat is now on the outside:

Step 5: I like to use a corner rounder to round off the top flap of the envelope, like this:

Step 6: Use a heavy duty score tape along the bottom lower flap to glue it down to the two side flaps (below). There is your finished envelope! Now reinforce all scores to make the folds nice and crisp.

Voila! Here is your cute envelope (below)! Put on a label for the address. Instead of expensive return address labels, I get adhesive backed paper and just cut it up into little labels. Much cheaper. I get Wausau brand, but whatever brand you find is just fine.

Step 7:  Now of course I decided I needed to make a card, and what better way than to use another old catalog page from the CTMH Idea Book. I found some blue cardstock that matched a color on the envelope (see those blue dots?) and made my A2 sized card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Now I need some flowers and a sentiment for the card.

Step 8: Find another page that matches colors of your card and envelope. I chose a page from the CTMH Idea Book from Winter 2012 with some pretty blue designs. This is where any magazine page would work, one with pretty flowers or gardens, etc.:

Step 9: Punch 2 large scalloped circles (mine are 2-1/2"), two medium circles and two small circles. They can be or don't have to be scalloped. I cut my small circles out of the pretty little rosette on this page:

Step 10:  Now crinkle up the circles really tight! Then lay them flat again:

Step 11: Poke a hole in the center of 3 stacked circles with your awl, and then put a pretty brad in to hold them together. You could glue them together also and glue a button on jewel on top.

Step 12: Now find a stamped sentiment from this page or any other page that matches what you want to say. This page just happened to have some Christmas sentiments that I hadn't punched through, so I just cut them out and glued them onto the card:

And here you go!  A pretty card (or two) to go into your free, easy, handmade, custom envelope:

Of course you'll have to glue the flap closed. I just use my Tombo adhesive.

I know this seems like a long drawn out process, but it really isn't. I think it took me all of 20 minutes to make the envelope and cards, and that included me taking pictures along the way. 

I love the look of the envelope with all the little stamps on it. I'm going to make a stack of them using my old CTMH Idea Book pages.  I could make hundreds and still not use up all my old catalog pages.

I hope you try a few too.

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  1. I'm still using my old CTMH Idea Books for ideas! Now you've given me all kinds of new ideas for using these catalogs! Old calendars are another nice source of colorful paper for making envelopes.

    1. So am I! I definitely WON'T use a page that has some awesome ideas. Or... I'd scan the page to my computer or copy it before I cut it up. Yes... calendar pages would make GREAT envelopes as they are usually heavy paper. Also they would make great cut outs for paper flowers of all kinds. I usually save all of my old calendars if I love the pictures on them. So much fun, so little time!


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