2/28/13

Addicted to Pens and Paper

I decided to start a brand new blog devoted to pens, paper, letter writing, etc. mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to makes the Pens and Paper page on this blog available for subscription via email or blog reader.

Anyway, the new blog is here:

Addicted to Pens and Paper

Pop on over and check it out if you are so inclined, and please feel free to leave a comment while you are there.

It’s a Miracle!

I made some cards. I know! It’s been a while…ok, quite a while. I’ve been writing letters, making envelopes, and just generally otherwise occupied. My sister in Florida needed some cards to send, so I got busy and made about a dozen for her. Nothing fancy, and very little stamping, but the point is….I made some cards, at last!

I colored the strip with Copic markers, put it behind the Memory Box die cutout, stamped a Hero Arts sentiment…done.

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Another Memory Box die, a Papertrey sentiment and a little bit of deep yellow card stock, and another one bites the dust.

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I added a stamp from my Avery Elle set to the center of the sun for these. I made multiples of each one and changed up some of the sentiments on the first one.

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There you have it, relatively clean and simple – which seems to be my style more often than not these days.

Thanks for stopping by and if you are interested in pretty pens, I will have a new pen review up soon, so please check it out.

2/4/13

Custom Envelopes and a Little Zentangling

Since I have been making envelopes like a crazy person, I thought I’d share a few of them and also add my method of envelope making. It’s really pretty simple once you get the hang of it. I have the Scor-Envy for the Scor-Pal and it works fine for a lot of standard size envelopes, but not for a 9” x 4-1/4” envelope, or other custom sizes.

First you need to determine how big you want the finished envelope to be. If you are mailing tri-folded 8-1/2” x 11” sheets, the envelope should be 9” x 4-1/4”.

Here are the steps to determine the paper size you will need:

1. Add 1” to the width (for the side flaps), making it 10” (9 + 1 = 10).

2. Double the height and add 1” (so the top flap will overlap the bottom flap), making it 9-1/2” (4.25 + 4.25 + 1.0 = 9.5).

You will need a piece of paper that’s 10” x 9-1/2”. This formula will work for any size envelope. All you need is a piece of paper large enough for your envelope and you can create any size you need. Just measure the card or letter you are mailing, add 1/4” to 1/2” to that measurement and use the formula to determine the paper size you need. If your card is 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”, the finished size should be 4-1/2” x 5-3/4”, at least – or a tad larger if you have thick embellishments on it.

Score the 10” side at 1/2” on both edges. Score the 9-1/2” side at 2” and 6-1/4”. Cut away the pieces shown as gray in the diagram. You can change the top and bottom score lines, as long as they are 4-1/4” apart, it will just change the size of the top and bottom flap. The drawing is not to scale, it’s just for illustration purposes. (You can click on any of the pictures to see them larger – if you want to save the diagram, just right click and choose Save As..)

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After trimming and scoring it should look like this:

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The measurements are a little different on this one. It ends up the same size, but the side flaps are 3/4” wide instead of 1/2”, which gives you a little more surface for adhesive.

I made all of the cuts at a slight angle to make it easier to fold together. All you have to do now is add adhesive to the right and left edges of the bottom flap and fold it up. Since the flaps are cut at an angle, I prefer to put adhesive on the edges of the bottom flap rather than on the side flaps. I use Scor-Tape for the top flap so that I can just peel and stick when I get ready to mail it.

Here are some of my latest creations. Of course, you will need to put on a label or attach a square of white paper for the address.

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These 2 are still the same size as the ones above, but I changed it up a bit and put the flap on the end instead of at the top.

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Most of these are standard A2 size:

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These are regular white A2 envelopes. I masked the center with a piece of copy paper cut to size and stamped them. Getting the mask in the center and getting it straight is not as easy as I thought! Several of them ended up in the round file.

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And now for something completely different… Zentangle (Google it for more info). I tried this a couple of years ago and although it is touted as being very relaxing, I found it quite stressful. Perhaps that’s because the perfectionist in me was in charge. I decided to have another go at it, and I am quite enjoying it this time around. They are not perfect, but I’m really ok with it now.

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There is some traditional Zentangling on the bottom right card, and basic doodling on the others. I used Copics, Prismacolor, and Promarkers for coloring and added a bit of glitter here and there will Sakura Stardust glitter pens. I intended to use them as postcards to send out for my Letter Month challenge, but I think I may try to make copies of them first. I enjoy doing it, but it takes quite a while to do one and if I can get them to copy well, I can just make more as I need them, until the doodling mood strikes me again.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like the envelope instructions. The secret, which isn’t really a secret, is to just take your time and think it through. Measure twice, cut once, as they say. I usually draw a diagram on paper first to make sure the measurements are going to work. Overcome your fear of the ruler, go through your paper stash and make some envelopes – I’d love to see what you come up with.