I'm finished with the prototypes for my hand cut envelopes. They truly are hand cut...no template. I wanted to make some last year, so I went to town using a regular envelope as a template...no dice folks...I can't cut a straight line let alone little curves. Then I got professional and fancy and ordered a real envelope template kit...again, no dice...I even managed to cut the edges off the plastic template with my cutting knife.
Sigh. Well actually, more than sigh. Major frustration. Major tantrums.
Then I remembered Mark's advice when all my wallets were in the design stage and always came out crooked even though I was using a professional measuring mat. He looked at me and said, 'Why don't you just eyeball it?" At first, I was annoyed, I mean after all...I was trying to be all professional instead of my usual self (haphazard) and with being professional I was hoping to become mature and organized. But, after a few more crooked wallets, I decided to try just free folding and hit one out of the park on the first try.
I applied the same wisdom to the envelope problem. Why make it complicated? Now I just fold and cut by sight with no template. Perfect. You have to dance with them that brought you and I was brought with an inability to follow directions and patterns, but a good visual sense of line. Why fight it?
Who doesn't love a salvaged Madeline?
I love using children's books and maps. The envelopes are self-sealing and when I package them for sale they'll come with plain white labels for the sendee's address. I'm thinking of going with the standard cigar-band closure for their display/packaging unless I come up with something more original.
I'm keeping these, since they're firsts, but am making a slew of sets for Arti-Gras next month.
Oh...quick note. I used these totally biodegradable bags for my holiday giving this year...they were well, but do tend to tear a little easy if overstuffed. I love cellophane, so any earth-friendly substitute is pounced upon immediately.