Hello creative friends,
I’m sorry I’ve been a little absent from social media this past week or so….
There’s been a lot happening in my life of late and I felt a wave of exhaustion slowly creep in.
When I feel overwhelmed I tend to retreat to the sanctity of my crafting space…. ‘my happy place’. I recognised that I needed to have some quiet me time to reflect and restore my energy…. and I’m sure you will agree, creativity is always such a great healer.
Although I’ve now moved on to my July kit, there was a piece of artwork on my watercolour board that was inspiring me to make something else with the Rose Garden Tearooms kit.
It was a tearooms shop that I painted and was originally going to include in the kit, but decided not to at the last minute.
It was calling out to me to be finished and I knew exactly how I wanted to use it.
I made a happy mail folder to send to a friend.
[I apologise for the lighting… I filmed it at night.]
It’s a flip folder to hold embellishments, teabags and small printables and is small and flat enough to send in the mail.
It wasn’t until I had finished this project that I felt I should have included the shop image in the kit after all.
So, I added a small printable PDF file to the June kit today that contains the two covers and the two altered papers I created specifically for this project.
How to Download
It seems to always create some confusion when I add a bonus file after the kit is out, so just to remind you, if you are a member of the Handmade Club, you will find this bonus printable in the June Kit folder. You’ll need to login using the access link and password I emailed to you on the 15th June.
If you no longer have the June email, please email me and I’ll resend it.
As I was enjoying some personal crafting time and flying by the seat of my pants on this project, I didn’t make a step-by-step tutorial for this project.
I know someone will ask me, so here’s the dimensions and basic instructions….
How to make this happy mail folder:
The pages are a standard 5″ wide by 7″ high. I created the structure of the folder first using white cardstock and then adhered the papers to the constructed folder.
With the exception of the 2 pages I provided in the bonus printable, all other papers are from the 5″ x 7″ file in the kit. Embellishments are from the fussy cut PDF file.
- I created two sheets 10 1/4″ wide by 7″ high. There’s a 1/4″ spine scored between two 5″ x 7″ pages.
- I took the two sheets and overlapped them in the centre (glue together), creating a 3 panel page. Having the two pages adhered together to form the middle panel gave the project stability.
- The panel on the far right if folded back on itself to create a 2″ pocket on the inside.
- The flip down page measures 10 1/2″ high x 5″ wide. There’s a 1/2″ tab at the top that is adhered to the middle panel at the base. The lower 3″ turns back on itself to create a pocket on the inside.
The front cover has a fold out extra layer that includes the bike, which I used as a closure for the folder.
Ordinarily, I use seam binding to secure my paper projects and I regret using ribbon on this occasion. I think I’ll amend that before I send it.
I created a variety of pockets and tuck spots to adhere to each page.
And the back cover has an envelope with string and button closure.
Happy crafting my friends!
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