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auzzi
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2005 06:07:56 PM »

wow- your envelope is art.
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le vikki
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2005 03:53:27 PM »

prolly can't send them in the mail - mail standards are sticky and need some white space for thier readers. you might be able to design those parts to be blank if you could find the mail standards...
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2006 07:41:12 AM »

I made a TON of envelopes out of an old road atlas that was out-of date. Here's what I did: I took a regular envelope and held it over teapot steam to loosen the glue that held it together. Now I have a template for free! I then laid it flat on a piece of cardboard (I cut a thin piece of cardboard from the Red Baron cheese pizza box I got at the supermarket for dinner..he he ) and cut it out. Put my cardboard pattern on top of the paper road atlas and used a razor blade to slice around it. Now I have a stack of unfolded envelopes that look like maps! I spend an hour or so folding them and gluing them together with a glue stick. I pre-printed address labels on the computer and stuck them in the return address corner, then stuck blank ones where the address would go when I was ready to use them. I keep some funky stickers handy to shut the top flap with before I mail, but if you want they also now sell a special glue stick that makes a strip to lick at a later date for the top flap. I use these things all the time to mail bills, letters, etc. and the post office had never had a problem with them. Since I live near DC, it's fun to send envelopes that often have chunks of the Potomac River or Arlington National Cemetery on them....people recognize the Pentagon or other landmarks on the envelopes!

I've also made them out of thicker-paper, non-glossy magazines. Sometimes my fav art shop sends catalogs out of a nice thick newsprint and when I'm done reading these they fold into great envelopes. You can also rubber stamp or print your own stickers as envelope seals....it's great to print envelope seals with a silly picture of you waving hello--your friends know who the letter is from and the poor schmos opening the mail at the place you send your bills get a little chuckle to brighten their day! Buy blank labels and seals of all kinds at the office supply store....you can always slice them on the paper cutter to the size you want after printing.

Pictures of the completed map envelopes are at my blog since I couldn't figure out how to post them here (sheepish grin) at http://eatingtacoswhiledriving.blogspot.com/.
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2006 07:51:07 AM »

You can def mail handmade envelopes as long as the 'to' addy is easy to read.

An easy way to do this is to apply a white label and write it on there. I used to send my then-boyfriend, now-husband letters in envelopes made out of magazine ads and contact sheets from my photography class.
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2006 06:30:37 AM »

Heehee, I used to love cutting out envelope shapes and folding them from old calendars and stuff. Sadly, I hardly use snail mail anymore so they're left unused.  Undecided

And I agree, that you just need white labels to make sure the addresses are legible, I'm sure they could go in the mail. I've even used such teeny handmade envelopes, and they made it to the recipient just fine.  Grin Wouldn't take the risk again, though. ^^;
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2006 09:18:31 PM »

I made a TON of envelopes out of an old road atlas that was out-of date. Here's what I did: I took a regular envelope and held it over teapot steam to loosen the glue that held it together. Now I have a template for free!

hahahah, i did the exact same thing when i was in year 7 to put the letters i wrote my friendsd in, they thought i was so rad... *sigh*
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2006 11:29:21 AM »

That looks amazing  Grin wouldn't mind getting one of those through my letter box!
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2006 01:06:15 PM »

i love making my own envelopes.  i know that the usps, canadian mail & most european mail will deliver them, with the regular postage (my envelopes are standard size)
i have a tutorial up on my blog if anyone wants to diy from scratch!
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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2006 07:13:43 PM »

thats ab fab!
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2006 07:24:11 AM »

Mornin' Craftsters:

All of your envelopes from scratch rock! I have made envelopes before too using the "take apart an old envelope" trick, but I always did them on coloured paper versus the neat magazine/maps idea... i will have to keep those in mind.   Grin
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