The Envelope Project #1

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I have so many saved envelopes of mail I’ve received and have been wondering the best way to utilize them. Many of them have a fun and creative design while some are more basic and functional rather than creative. That’s OK. They will all have a new purpose somehow, some way.

Sometimes I cut out the stamps and/or the stamps and the postmark. I save some in my stamp and postmark album.

Other times, I cut out the entire front of the envelope and use it in a junk journal, or on an Artist Trading Card (ATC), or some other paper craft that will be enhanced with the image and writing.

I have so many return address labels that it’s easy to cover the sender’s info with my own.

This post is part of a series of posts of the Envelope Project. Use #LJEnv (L&J envelopes) to find posts on social media. I will share the more creative, fun, and whimsical envelopes I’ve saved over the years and also share ways I’ve found to re-purpose them. For envelopes containing letters from family, friends, and pen pals, I save those in my letter box sorted by sender.

What do you do with your envelopes?




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  1. Hester on July 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Jackie

    I do some of the examples you are showing I also turn the Security Envelopes in side out and re-glue and decorate them The windows are really the fun parts.

  2. Jackie on July 17, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    That’s great! I love security envelopes as many of the designs can be so different. But I’ve usually found the windows to be a challenge. Maybe you can share some of the ways you use them?

  3. Hester on July 17, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Glue a picture on the inside of the envelope so the printed side shows through the window It can be a pattern or something abstract

    I am working on some now and will send one your way!

    • Jackie on July 22, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks for the letter and window envelope! As soon as I saw it in my mailbox, I knew it was the letter from you! I would love to send you a postcard but don’t have your address. It’s OK if you’d rather not share it, but if you’d like to, please email me your mailing address at Jackie (at) Thanks again! I’m inspired.

  4. Jackie on July 17, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Great! Thanks! I will practice doing this on some of the envelopes I’ve saved. Not much goes to waster here – probably the same with you. I look forward to seeing your creative solution.

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