Having some fun today playing with paper and clear silicone (the stuff you caulk your tub with). I picked up the silicone on a recent trip to Target for about $3. Don't you love a store where you can buy silicone and a gallon of milk?
For this project, the silicone must be clear, not white.
I cut a few sheets of 12 x 12" paper (this one is from the Camden Collection) into 6" wide strips.
Squeeze some silicone onto the top of the paper.
The silicone puts a plastic type coating on the paper. I put on very thin coating so I'm not sure if it really makes the paper any more heavy duty, but it gives it a water proof covering that makes it seem like it's more substantial or durable than plain paper. Also...I only put the silicone on the patterned side of the paper.
I just folded up the 6 x 12" paper and added some 7gypsies Global paper tape on the edge.
You will need to place a craft sheet (or even a piece of paper) under the envelope so that it will slide on the sewing machine when you stitch it.
As you can see by the photo I placed the craft sheet to the left of where I am sewing (don't sew through your craft sheet).
I am giving a lot of gift cards this year so why not make an envelope in a small size.
Take your 6 x 12" paper and cut it in two so you have two, 6 x 6" squares.
Fold the square in half, crease it.
Cut along the top of the gift card and up the crease.
I thought it was too long so I trimmed off a bit.
Off the Wall) and stitch closed just like the last envelope.
I punched out a half moon shape with a 1" circle punch so you can see the gift card when you open the flap.
Then, just because I had more paper I decided to make a little notebook for my purse.
Same 6 x 12" size paper.
Same basic fold as the first envelope but I made the flap a bit longer.
I cut 4 sheets of paper from a vintage ledger. Folded in half and creased.
Add to the book, matching creases to stitch the signature.
Punch three holes with a paper piercer or awl through both outside paper and ledger paper.
The stitching pattern is 2, 1, 2, 3 then tie both strings on the outside of the book.
Lille paper clip (big and sturdy).
After I was done, I saw a scrap from the ledger paper on my desk and thought that might work good with the paperclip I choose, so I folded it over, stitched it closed and cut a dove tail on the end. I used some quick dry glue to keep it on the paper clip.
I do realize that adding the flag on the paperclip made it impractical if I am really going to put this in my purse but I just liked it so much, maybe it can just be a notebook for my desk for now.
Now if you came here from the Gypsy Journal today, you know there is one more thing I made.
But you'll have to come back tomorrow to see how I did this one...