Snail Mail


Kate sent some sweet, snail mail lovin’ back to me just a few weeks ago and surprised me with an envelope of delightful goodies! Also, just look at how cute her packaging was! I cracked up after seeing this darling little snail that she drew to mimic the sticker I had included on the envelope I sent her last month!


After opening the package, I discovered a postcard and some beautiful handmade (and recycled!) notebooks that she made for me by using old cereal boxes; oh this girl. They are the perfect size for traveling and I can’t wait to use them this summer to document my adventures!

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Just wait Kate; you have a few surprises coming back your way and I cannot wait for you to receive them!



P.S. Can I just be all gushy really quick and share with you how sweet this friend of mine is. My birthday was yesterday (May 8th), and although I had to work, I had the best day ever! Thanks to Kate, she made my day even more special by surprising me with a phone call with all of her little preschoolers in the background singing happy birthday to me! It truly touched my heart and I just thought the world show know that. End of gushy moment.

What Jamie Made: Recycled Magazine Envelopes

Last week, Scott and I received a surprise gift in the mail of reusable K-Cups from my ever so dearest blog buddy Kate and her sweet husband Anthony! It was a major highlight for the crazy week I had been dealing with. To send some loving back, I decided to make some fun recycled magazine envelopes that I’ll be using with my reply!

This fun project is so easy, and requires very little time and supplies. Start off by going through some of your old magazines and tear off the pages that catch your eye. I personally like to look for more pictures and fewer words on my pages, but anything goes!

Recycled Magazine Envelopes | Our Sweet Somewhere

Supplies Needed

+ Collected magazine pages
+ Envelope
+ Light-colored marker or pen
+ Scissors
+ Glue stick
+ Assorted washi tapes

Recycled Magazine Envelopes | Our Sweet Somewhere

12 Steps Only | Recycled Magazine Envelopes

1. Choose your envelope.
2. Carefully tear apart the envelope.
3. Choose a light-colored marker for tracing.
4. Trace the outline of the envelope on the inside of magazine paper.
5. Cut the outline out with a pair of scissors.
6. Fold the smaller sides of the envelope inward.
7. Choose your wash tape.
8. Cut out two, same-length pieces of washi tape to fit the smaller sides of your envelope.
9. Be sure to wrap the washi tape around the front and back side.
10. Fold the last two parts of the envelope (top and bottom) inward.
11. Apply glue to only the side edges of the bottom fold.
12. Fold to enclose envelope slot, and voila! You’re done.

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I kind of went envelope-making-crazy after creating the first envelope pictured in the step-by-step instructions. Can you guess from the picture below which one I plan on using for my snail mail reply to Kate?!

Recycled Magazine Envelopes | Our Sweet Somewhere