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Topic: Kreate-A-Lope! Anthropologie Catalog Becomes Envelopes  (Read 3750 times)
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« on: February 24, 2010 12:59:52 PM »

I was totally inspired by this post:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334398.0

My problem was I needed a super simple way to make envelopes.  I wasn't going to do a bunch of tracing and cutting.  I found the coolest tool ever!  It's called the Kreate-A-Lope -- it's an envelope template you can use, and you don't even have to use scissors, just rip along the template.  Here's a video of the product in action:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKO2jkSxaI4  (And no, I'm not affiliated with the manufacturer -- I just really liked this thing.)

I've been on an envelope making spree.  I made a bunch from an Anthropologie catalog.  They're A2 sized envelopes.  To round out the gift, I cut some 8.5 x 11 chipboard into fourths to make some little notecards to insert in the envelopes, and some blank white address labels in case she wants to mail them.  I also put lick and stick glue on the flaps, so she can lick the envelopes like regular envelopes.

Now, on to the pics:

Here are a few of my favorites:

This is the whole bundled tied with a ribbon next to the Kreate-A-Lope template:

Here's the whole shebang all laid out.  I showed the backs of some of them in the photo, because I like how the inside of the envelopes contrasted with the exterior:

My friend really liked her gift!

« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010 05:19:17 AM »

I have those templates and they are so much fun!!! You can make envelopes with so many different items.  Great job and I am sure your friend will enjoy using these!!

mAsQuErAdInG aS A nOrMaL pErSoN eVeRyDaY iS eXhAuStInG!!!
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010 02:33:58 PM »

Thanks! Yay -- another Kreate-A-Lope fan!  I just love that you don't need scissors with it!  I really like the slightly rough edge on these recycled envelopes.

I think my next project will be a set made out of old Paris maps for a friend I met on a study-abroad trip to France. 
Lady Pistola
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010 09:51:40 PM »

I'm so loving this! Although I couldn't bring myself to buy a gadget that just makes envelopes!!! But still, the whole catalog idea: There are so many beautiful catalogs I just can't bear to throw out! So now I don't have to!

I have vintage smurf sheets and do embroidery and stenciling...wanna swap?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010 03:06:57 PM »

Thank you!!

I'm not a real gadget-buying person myself, but this was super inexpensive.  I think it was $4.99 plus shipping.  I've already used it to make gifts for 3 people, and lots of envelopes for myself, so I figure it's paid for itself already.  Letters are so much more fun to mail when I use fun envelopes!

It is a fun way to use really lovely catalogs.  I've also liked using some pretty magazines and old tourism brochures from trips I've taken in the past.  At first I felt bad about ripping brochures and catalogs apart, but it is really fun to use them in a new way, and they were just sitting in a drawer collecting dust anyway.   Smiley
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2010 09:52:38 PM »

Wow, that is so awesome. I can totally see why you love it so much!

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