I literally don't know a single person that doesn't like to receive happy mail. Granted, not everyone uses the term "happy mail" to describe the delightful package they unexpectedly find in their mailbox one day that contains a fun surprise or a gift of love... buuuut no matter what you call it, the general idea is the same. Snail mail is simply awesome.
I couldn't resist using the Emeline papers to create a lovely little happy mail "album" of sorts for one of my pals, so I took some of the papers and created envelopes using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. Then I just punched a hole in the corners & bound everything together with a book ring.
I also took an old page protector and made a shaker pocket using one of the cut-apart journaling cards + sequins. I love making these things!
For this envelope, I decorated the outside by stamping "All the Things" on a journaling card from the kit, and for this one, I intend to write my list of "currently's" on it. You know- the things I'm currently reading, crafting, watching, listening to, etc. I think it's fun to share those little pieces of life with my pals (no matter if what I'm currently listening to is totally embarrassing or a guilty pleasure!)... and when my friends share those things with me, too, I sometimes end up with a new book to read or a new playlist on my iPod. ;)
As for that bow, I'll share how to make that in just a minute so hang tight!
I also think it's fun to add some photos in my mail! And how can I resist sharing one of the pictures sweet Nadia drew of her crazy mama, right? Haha!
I love adding the "mail tag" because it gives me an opportunity to ask some questions to get to know my friends better and also answer the ones they asked me! I just made a little spot to tuck a shipping tag with questions behind, and I'll put my answers to their questions in the envelope. :)
And that's it! But before I let you get back to crafting, I want to share with you a couple ways you can use those paper scraps to make some fun embellishments for your happy mail album (or ANYTHING, really!)...
First up, a tassel.
For this, I took a strip of leftover paper and cut it to approximately 8 x 2 inches. I scored it lengthwise at 1/2" (but you can also just draw a pencil marking using a ruler at 1/2" if that's easier for you!). Then I cut up to the mark I made using my fringing shears.
From there, I put adhesive on the reverse side of the paper, looped a short string around a paper clip, and then pressed it firmly onto the adhesive. After that, you just roll 'er up! You can also use washi tape to make a border around the top. Looks cute, right?
The last thing I want to share is the bow. I know there are many cut files for bows, but when I want to use a paper scrap, this is the easiest way I've found to do it. Once again, I got out my Envelope Punch Board.
For this, you need two paper scraps- one slightly larger than the other. I won't give exact measurements because you can make them as big or as small as you'd like, but I generally stick to paper scraps sized around 3 x 1" and 2 x 1".
First, take one of your papers and find the center of it. Line up the center with the middle of the punch as seen in the image above. Punch the notch & then turn the paper 180 degrees and punch in the center again. Repeat on the other paper.
Then take the smaller of the two papers (which will be the bottom of the bow), and along the edges, punch in the center once again like this:
It will then look like this:
Make sense so far? Ok good. ;) Now take the other paper and round the corners.
This is what you should have so far.
Time to start taping! Using a tape runner or some glue, flip the "rounded" edge paper onto its reverse side, and put a line of adhesive along the very edge on either side. Then carefully (without creasing the paper) fold it in to the middle. Press it down without flattening the loop along the edge. Repeat on the other side.
Now put some glue in the middle and press the two bow pieces together.
How cute is that wood veneer heart in the middle, right? Pop that on there, and you're done!
Sidenote: Cats can't resist these, so if you plan on not having to remake the tassel, do this in a room without your feline friend beside you. ;)
So that is that! In case you missed it, check out my teammate Nae's adorable "loaded pocket happy mail" that she shared this week as well! It's a must-see! (Great minds think alike, huh? LOL!) Thanks so much for looking, and happy crafting... and mailing! XOXO, Marybeth
Supplies Used: Emeline Kit | White Puffy Alphabet | Emeline Stamp Set