Sunday, January 13, 2008

Calendar Envelopes and Notecards

Notecards
My friend Mrs. T. from Across My Kitchen Table recently shared some envelopes she made from an old calendar, and it reminded me that I had a calendar from last year that I could put to good use.

Calendar
If you don't have an old calendar many of the bookstores have 2008 calendars drastically marked down right now.

Envelope
Simply take an envelope apart to use as a pattern.

Envelope
Trace the envelope pattern on the calendar page and cut out.

Envelope
Fold the top, bottom and sides. I used a ruler to make the folds straight and tight.

Glue
Glue the sides. I placed the envelopes under a heavy book until dry.

Envelope
Finished envelope

Envelope

Envelopes
I made medium and small sized envelopes.

Label
For address labels I cut small pieces of matching cardstock. Glue in place.

Scraps
I was left with lots of scraps and decided to make some matching notecards.

Paper
I used different colors of cardstock to make the cards. Cut a length of paper slightly less wide than your envelopes, and fold over into a card.

Card
I kept the cards very simple. I cut out rectangles from the scraps and glued them onto the fronts of the notecards.

Card

Card

Card
You can also use several layers of paper.

Card

Notecards
Now you will be all ready to send a friend a pretty card to brighten up their winter! Thank you for looking!

63 comments:

Mrs. U said...

Oh Kelli!! CUTE idea!! I love it!! This surely wouldn't take much time and you get such an adorable end result!! Thank you for sharing this!

His,
Mrs. U

blessedmomof3 said...

Hi Kelli! That is such a lovely idea. I wish I had a nice calendar to use so I could try and make some of these up. I'll have to keep my eyes open for one, as I sure would love to make some of these envelopes!

Blessings,
Andrea

Sharon said...

Very cute and clever idea! Thanks for sharing it!

:0) Sharon

IRENE said...

Great idea, indeed! Thank you.

Paula said...

Wonderful idea and oh so pretty!!

Blessings,
Paula

Lisa said...

I loved this idea! Very elegant and would be the perfect gift!Thanks for sharing! Love your site!

Shannon said...

I have to stop purging all of my stuff. Apparently all those old calendars would have been useful! Thank you for the idea. :)

Esther said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to give this a go!

Becky said...

Kelli, those are just lovely. Great idea for recycling too.

Have a great week.

Rebecca said...

Those are STUNNING!

I have a beautiful calendar from last year that I just haven't been able to throw out-now I know that I don't have to!

I hope no one would mind having things written in the inside on the dates, though-because I do write on my calendars!

:-)

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL!

dot said...

What a cute idea!!

Barbara H. said...

What a sweet idea! I have been keeping old calendars for years, either to decoupage or frame. One of my favorite framed wall decorations was originally a page from a calendar. I'm so glad to have this new idea for using them!

nannykim said...

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!!!!!Thanks so much for sharing this idea. ILOVEIT!!! ps.I think I am going to be out bid on the emabay item---how much do you think it is worth? Any idea. I do know they sell a lot of individual birds so maybe I could make my own? What do you think the value is?

Barbara H. said...

I just saw blessedmomof3's comment about not having any old calendars and keeping an eye out for some nice ones: I've seen a lot of nice 2008 calendars at various places for 50% off. Some may be marked down even further.

Amy said...

wow, so pretty!

CONNIE W said...

What a beautiful, clever, way to recycle and enjoy a lovely calendar again. So creative!

SouthernBell said...

How cool is that!

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh Kelli they are lovely. You did a wonderful job. Here's one more idea if you have an scraps left! Make bookmarks. I did this with the teens that I work with. We used old Christmas cards and mailed them with our Christmas cards to our supporters. We cut the cards up and glued them on colord cardstock. On the back we wrote a verse and "Please pray for Mission Makeove" then we laminated them. The cards and a bookmark would be a nice idea for a school teacher or Sunday School teacher. I will keep eyes open for a pretty calendar! Blessings,Sherry

Cheryl (Copper's WIfe) said...

Those are so pretty! Nice idea.

Mrs.T said...

Hi Kelli!

Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone! The notecards are a splendid idea. I threw my scraps from the envelopes away, but next time I'll know what to do with them! Your envelopes and notecards came out just beautifully.

Storybook Woods said...

Using the calender is such a wonderful idea. Love Clarice

Jennifer said...

Wow! What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!

Jen said...

You are so right....sending letters during the winter is a good idea.

MammyT said...

Ooooooooo! I love them. thank you. I have purchased $1 calendars at some of the craft stores and have lots of pages left.
Thanks to MrsT. How did I miss this one? And I love MJB's idea for the bookmarks.
Nancy

Adrienne said...

What a great idea! I'm going to look at outdated calendars in a totally new way now. Thanks for sharing your project with us. ~Adrienne~

Jada said...

You are so creative! I may have to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing,
~Jada

Fete et Fleur said...

What a lovely blog you have!

Gena said...

Those are simply beautiful! And, what a great gift they would make.

Stephanie said...

Oh my , what a great idea ! Im going to make those !!
Thanks

Becky in East Tennessee said...

I have made the envelopes before, but never thought of making matching cards. GREAT!!! I love your tutorial...and I really like how you took that photo of them with the tea. GREAT JOB! I love your blog and cant wait to see it daily!

TJ said...

Thank you for sharing! I wonder if my squirmy wormy Sunday School kids could focus long enough to make these???

Amy said...

Those are very pretty!

CookieSunshine said...

Kelli, This is beautiful. I'm going to share it with the activities director at Mother's nursing home. I know that she can't do this type of thing any longer, but I do believe that some of the ladies would definitely be able to work with this idea, especially if they have someone who cuts the pieces for them. I also think that groups of these bundled up would make such sweet gifts for the ladies when they have their Red Hat tea party.
I am so glad I stopped by your blog today.
-Cookie

Sharon Kay said...

I love what you came up with and I would love a letter from you mt dear...........Just beautiful and to think it was once a calander.......

Judy said...

I love this idea. Very pretty and easy.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful stationary. Makes me regret all the old calenders I got rid of recently. I'll have to keep an eye out for more. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

You always inspire me to try new things. My husband is wondering where I am getting all the wonderful ideas. I usually say from my blogging friend Kelli.

Thanks for another one. I have lots of old calendars around and this will be just great.

Feathering My Nest said...

I love these. They are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Hugs, Kathi

Sarah said...

They're gorgeous Kelli, thanks for sharing this great idea.

Sarah x

Betty said...

Kelli, those are just beautiful. You are so creative.

Thanks for sharing that great idea.

Linda said...

Kelli, this is a wonderful idea. Yours are beautiful. These would make sweet hostess gifts. Linda

Pam said...

Love these! My niece in Paraguay just Instant messaged me and asked if I had seen them yet. I had to rush right over and check them out. You are always so full of ideas!

Lana G! said...

I'm going to have to try this!

Missy said...

how cute! you did a great job :)

blessings,
missy

Angela said...

I would have never of thought to do such a wonderful recycleable thing. And they are soo pretty too:-). Thanks soo very much for sharing this wonderful idea!!

Have a great day!!

Tammy said...

I love this! I have lots of leftover calendars from several years that I didn't have the heart to throw out...I knew I could something with them, and I just love this idea!
Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Kelli,

That is such a cute idea. I love it. I wish I was crafty enough to come up with ideas like that, although I did paint my own Christmas cards this year. I hope your new year is blessed. Thanks for sharing.

Liz

Terri said...

Gorgeous idea!!!
I love "recycling" something and making something else beautiful.

Feathering My Nest said...

Yes, I would gladly let you post my recipe. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. You are an excellent photographer.

I just now noticed you have a magazine. It looks as good or better than Martha Stewart's. I wish you much success. Sincerely, Kathi

bandi said...

love this idea can't wait to show my scrapbooking friends. Thanks!

eleanor joyce said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Nora Lee said...

What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing, I know what I will be doing once the snow starts to fall here on Thursday!

Sandra

Julieann said...

So pretty, Kelli!! I was just at Michaels and picked up quite a few calendars for .40 cents each......:o)

Julieann

Cris said...

So cute Kelli, I love this idea! Maybe some of my old wallpaper will work too!

Sharon said...

That is a wonderful idea!!!
Thank you for sharing it with us!

Blessings,
Sharon

A Cup of Joy said...

These are beautiful!

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Tracy said...

Kelli, what a fabulous idea!

Kayla said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I am now on a mission to find an old calendar around our house!

Kitty Wilkin said...

This is a great idea! I've been using old calendar pictures on packaging for sending my Etsy items out to buyers... but this is an even better idea! (since I don't have ALL that many buyers!) Thanks!!

Patty said...

After a recent surgery I got a lot of beautiful cards. I hated to just discard them, but knew I didn't have room to just hang onto them. So while I was recooperating, I cropped the cards into bookmarks, laminated them, then made a folder with a thank you message for their prayers and cards. I placed the bookmarks into this folder and returned it (by hand) to the person that sent me the card! People were so pleased. Patty

Anonymous said...

What kind of glue is best for paper which doesn't leak through the paper?
Thanks,
Katydid

Mahek said...

hi
Kelli
What a great idea!!!