A few weeks ago I asked my Facebook followers what they would like to see more of on the blog and there were lots of requests for me to bring back creative tutorials again, so as a new regular feature I'll be sharing a 'mini' tutorial with you each week. The feature will go up every Friday, hopefully in time to inspire you to create over the weekend.
My first feature is for the snail mail letter writers out there, a letter storage album created from basic and easy to find supplies. Perhaps you joined up for The Craft Revival creative penpal swap (I did!) and need somewhere special to store your letters or maybe you have cards and memorabilia saved away for a rainy day, and you'd just like somewhere nice to keep them.
This project is suited for a beginner and you should be able to whip it up within the hour. Let's get started.
Step 1: Gather your supplies! You'll need:
- x2 pieces of plain cardstock - cut to size 23cm X 12cm
- x10 manilla envelopes - mine measured 22cm x 11cm
- x1 envelope (for covering) - mine measures 16.5 cm x 9.5cm
- x10 large shipping tags (available at most newsagencies) or make your own like I did - you'll need a sheet of cardstock for this.
- x1 small shipping tag - for the front of album.
- String or ribbon - approximately 2.7 metres for the tags + 1.2 metres for wrapping.
- x2 jump rings - available at most newsagencies.
- Hole punch, scissors, corner rounder (not necessary), double sided tape or glue, foam mounting tape (optional).
- Other supplies to have on hand - postage stamp, patterned paper, letter stickers, deco tape and any other scrapbooking goodies that you might like to use.
Step 2: Punch holes in all the closed ends of the x10 manilla envelopes.
Step 3: Corner round two ends on each piece of plain cardstock - use the photograph from step 5 (below) as a guide for this.
Step 4: Select a piece of patterned paper to cover the extra envelope with.
Step 5: Let's work on the front cover. Add a thick strip of washi/deco tape onto the front piece of cardstock, approximately 1.5cm in from the right hand side edge. Cut the selected piece of patterned paper to size, so that it fits on the front of the extra envelope and adhere into position.
Step 6: My envelope already had a nice patterned sealing flap - if yours doesn't, just cut and adhere another piece of patterned paper into position. Adhere the envelope onto the album front and wrap your 1.2 metre length of string/ribbon around the front cover, overlapping the envelope as shown and tying off into in a bow. Use letter stickers up the side to create a title for the album. Stamp or write the year on the right hand top side of the envelope.
Step 6a: Make the mini tag for the album front - adhere an old postage stamp on the lower area of the tag using foam mounting tape. For those that haven't used this before, it's squishy tape that gives your embellishments a lift. Type, write or print your text onto paper, cut out into strips and adhere onto the top of the tag. Use the foam mounting tape to adhere the tag onto the album front.
Step 7: You're nearly finished, just the inside to go! Using cardstock, cut out ten 12cm X 6.5cm tags or purchase some shipping tags of similar size from your local newsagency.
Step 8: Cut the 2.7m piece of string/ribbon into 10 equal pieces and tie a small bow on the end of each shipping tag. Type, print or write 'Letters from ..........................' onto each tag and add a small piece of washi/deco tape, below or above the text.
Step 9: Use foam mounting tape to bond the completed tags onto each envelope. Ensure the tag hangs over the edge of envelope about 1cm & adhere a small rectangle of patterned paper above the tag (5cm X 3.5cm) to finish.
Step 10: Punch holes in the front and back cover (to match the envelopes) and secure the project with two jump rings. Alternatively, you could tie everything together with string, yarn or ribbon.
Now you just have to wait for the letters to fill your letter box, so you can fill the envelopes. Remember, you can add extra envelopes to the project as they're required - each one should hold quite a few letters though.
Happy snail mailing & may all your letters be good ones.