3.20.2008

Love Our Earth & Things Can Be Pretty! by golly!


Today I have a joonbeam blog first. I always make my own envelopes and packages when I can. The other day I was cutting a grocery sack so I could use the body. Normally, I cut down one side first and slice all the way to the base, discarding the bottom. Maybe it was my tired brain ~ I had seven packages to prepare that day! - or maybe it was celestial intervention, but, for whatever mysterious reason, I cut across the fold first instead. Then I looked down and, by golly, I said to myself, that is an instant large envelope! So I grabbed the camera and, by golly, I had brainstorm #5,067,876,439,274,183,201. My first blog tutorial. Woo Hoo!

Here you see the cut across the sack. Next, the item placed inside the envelope. I wrap things in wax paper, bubble wrap or glad wrap to protect my paper items from potential moisture.



Then, I place the collage (just my style. Not necessary, of course!) and address right over the folded closed opening. Viola! Instant sturdy envelope for your larger items and you saved money, energy, time, trees, the environment, the world! From now on, I will be using all size brown bags for this purpose! I mean you have instant four sealed sides. How great is this? Can you tell I am excited?



Here are the tools of my trade. I adoringly use Yes! Paste for all of my paper projects. And I reuse all kinds of paper and envelopes. Do you see my return address? That is a remnant of the postage kiosk stamp. It comes out of the self service machine as a sticker. And I found that I can make two self sticking return address labels with the leftover! I am hard core saving woman, but why not? It's easier and more efficient, too.


Here is the back of the envelope. That Pottery Barn catalog theme came in so handy!

This tutorial is dedicated to Mister Rogers. Just when I thought I couldn't love him more, we saw an episode where he was demonstrating how he and you can reuse envelopes by simply slicing carefully along the lines and turning it inside out. A little tape, glue or paste and... New envelope! Thanks for reading my post. I love everyone and everything ~ Let's all love our earth a little extra in celebration of today, the first day of spring! Try something new. Use something old. You'll feel great. Really. You will. Habits...the more good ones you curate, the less room in your life for the bad ones. It's a win, win, win situation.


23 comments:

Beth said...

Your so original. I love the way you recycle....and your very clever and imaginative when you make your items.

Sixsisters said...

Joon another great idea of yours. Love your envelopes any way you do them !! Mr. Rogers my all time favorite. I have watched him so many times I can't count them all.

Jean Levert Hood said...

joon, i love it!! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing it with us!

thewildhare said...

Joon! What a wonderful post and great tutorial! How perfect is it, to make something new out of something old, to lovingly give new purpose. It is a gift that touches at the heart of everything. Thank you for sharing and for inspiring me!

Tara said...

This is so great joon! I will work on getting this on the team blog here soon. I may tweak it a bit to make it shorter but none the less. its great .
Thanks
Tara

Jill said...

Great post, Joon! Great idea for an original and attractive way to recycle.

Erin said...

Ooooh, what a great idea!

Precious Quilts said...

Joon you are an incredibly resourceful person! Thank you so much for sharing!

Kary said...

excellent!!

Chauncey said...

joongirl, great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

ZudaGay said...

Very cool, Joon!!!

Rose said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea Joon!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

This is the best idea I have come across in awhile. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration to think outside the "brown paper bag". ;)

sheasy said...

Love this, joon! And I love the packaging for my magnets. I will definitely re-use and recycle as it was made with such care and definitely worthy of anothr use!

Also, march 20th was National Sweater Day in memory of Mr. Rogers. It would have been his 80the birthday. I am sure he would appreciate your tribute.

Denise said...

this is a great idea, I have been resuing mailing envelopes but yours are so pretty!

cloud9design said...

Joon, this is so resourceful & creative! :0) Thanks for sharing!

Katia Gitkow said...

Hello!

I just started viewing your blog and it's great!

I'm from Canada, Montréal, and I don't know who mister Rogers is but he looks like someone i'd like to know more about... I always try to find good ideas to recycle and yours is fantastic!!

Kitty W said...

Joon, this is awesome! I love that it's a tutorial, AND I know firsthand how awesome your envelopes/packaging is!! What a great way to share your ingenuity, too! :) Thanks!

Since I can't figure out how to link my new blog with my signature, I'll put it here: http://kittysheartofnature.com

Melissa~ said...

Just happened upon your blog - *love* this idea and your wonderful collaged envelopes!

I can't wait to do this with the my whole foods paper bags. I was just wondering what to do with all the junk mail I receive too!

Thanks for sharing your great idea!

Melissa~
Pink Paper Peppermints

Sara LeeAnn said...

I just found you blog via your shop, and you made my day! I am always nagging my mother-in-law to please, please use the canvas grocery bags I bought her; but, she continues to use paper sacks. Now, I can rescue them all! Yay! Thanks, Joon!

Precious Quilts said...

Brilliant Joon! Here in UK many shops are now stopping the use of horrible plastic bags. If you want to use them you pay... often buying what they call a bag for life which costs about 5 cents but can be replaced for free when it is worn out! Jute bags are now popular too and not expensive.

Some supermarket chains reward you with points to cash in if you re use your own bags.

Anything to make our world greener!

Liz said...

This is a great article, Joon - I'd never thought of using those bags for envelopes and some of them are very pretty already.

NuvoFelt said...

Great article, Joon. Fantastic idea.