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« on: April 18, 2007 09:30:16 AM »

I found a fabulous book of vintage sea life illustrations.

These are 5.75'' x 5" envelopes:


Since some of the illustrations were less than a full page, I used them to make ATC envelopes.


I love the idea of buying a book that had lived it's life in a library, was donated to a charity thrift shop, and then revamping it so it can reenter the world as a useful item. Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2007 09:33:08 AM »

I love em'!  How are you going to put the addresses on?  Affix an address label?  Anyhoo, they're great, I'll have to try them!
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2007 09:34:41 AM »

Yep, I'm going to use address labels. I'm totally getting into mail art lately. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2007 09:35:13 AM »

Those are wonderful!! Magazine pages also make good, lightweight airmail envelopes.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2007 09:35:47 AM »

Fab idea, they look wonderful!

I think that crab in the centre of the second picture has his eye on me! Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2007 09:36:38 AM »

LOL!

I like the idea of glossy mag pictures, too! Thanks!
I just scored a free copy of the New York Times atlas, and it's destined for envelope makin!
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2007 09:45:53 AM »

That is awesome!! 
When I read the title, I instantly got this image in my head of these old science text books I brought home from the library (I work in a college library) and using the text for envelopes.....and then I went on to make note paper using the text as a header....hmm.....
Anyways, I think they look great! and you have given me a great idea!
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2007 10:00:05 AM »

I feel ashamed for ever using regular envelopes Cry These are beautiful.
I love mail art...is there a place on Craftster for mail art that I am missing somehow?
Reusing books is a service. I have a lot of librarian friends and the amount of ephemera and books that they have to send to landfills is ridiculous-even after the big sales and donations etc...Maybe that's why my "craft room/library/computer/tv room" looks like a hospital  for books right now Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2007 10:03:00 AM »

I don't think we've got a spot for mail art yet. Maybe someday soon. Cheesy

It was so hard to take a knife to that first book years ago, but I don't regret it for a second.


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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2007 10:10:10 AM »

Wow!  Those are really great.  What a perfect use for those pictures!
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