I have a huge batch of envelopes to show you today – 23 to give a specific number – all made from one magazine!
I subscribed to the World Heritage magazine back when I started doing the master’s degree (which I then dropped out from). The magazine comes every few months and is filled with a ton of gorgeous pictures of heritage sites around the world. I do love reading the magazine and looking at the pictures but seeing as I’m not studying that topic anymore, I don’t have too much of a reason to hang onto the issues once I’m finished with them.
I wouldn’t just throw it away though, not when there’s so much good envelope making and decorating material in one issue!
All the envelopes you’ll see in this post are from one issue which happened to be a special on World Heritage in Turkey as the World Heritage Committee was held in Istanbul in 2016.
The first task of making this envelopes to cut up the magazine – a bit of an annoying task but at least it’s something you can do while watching something on tv! I got the magazine and a scissors and spend a while tearing out pages and cutting out images.
With some pages, there was an image either taking up the top or bottom half of the page so for these, I tore the pages out as carefully as I could and used my trimmer to clean up the tear. I didn’t use any fancy tools at all to make these envelopes – not even a ruler! I just eyed it, folding the paper so that the image would make up the front of the envelope and the text on the rest of the page would be at the back. Some have the opening on the top – each envelope is different!
I put the envelopes together with a bit of tape and I’ll just have to add a sticky label for the address when it comes to use time.
The next few envelopes were also really quick makes:
These were full page pictures and I loved how they looked so much, I didn’t want to fold them up and only show half of them so instead, I just stuck them onto some plain white C4 envelopes I had on hand! The magazine pages are smaller than the envelopes so there’s a white border which kind of makes it look like art work on show! I used washi tape on some but I also really like the one I left without washi tape.
For these envelopes, I used some white and kraft C5 envelopes as bases:
Some are parts of images, some are full images covering the whole front of the envelope, some have washi tape, some I added white gel pen dashed lines to – a right mix! Really, it’s the sites themselves and work of the photographers who took the pictures that I’m letting do all the work!
Now, there were also lots and lots of small images throughout the magazine that I cut out and wanted to use. What I ended up doing was sticking all these pictures on a piece of 12×12 paper, gluing over them as a sealer and then using my envelope punch board to make them into envelopes:
So even if you have small images, there’s still ways of using them!
Next time you’re about to throw out a magazine, take a quick look through it and consider if there’s anything in it that can be turned into an envelope – you’d be surprised!