Recycle old file folders as the base stock cards (and maybe ditch the envelope).

scissors-paper-gluelove-peopleDo you keep your birthday cards? I am sure at least some people reading this post do. What about the envelopes? I am betting you envelopes out even if you keep the card. If you are not sending the card, and you are not enclosing $ or the life, do you really need an envelope? I am thinking… no.

With that in mind and armed with scissors, a glue stick, 7 manila file folders, and a fall-colored 8×8 inch “Typography” paper pack from Graphic 45 (it includes 3 sheets each of 8 double sided designs), Graphic 45 metal brads, StazOn Ink, and a few bits of ribbon and lace, I set out to see how many super simple cards I could make in about 4 hours.

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I made a total of 10 regular sized cards, 15 gift cards and a gift tag before I ran out of old file folders. I dd not run out of paper in the pack – I think there are 6 full sheets left plus scraps.

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I chose not to cut the file folder tabs off but to use them as a design element in the cards, cutting the top of the image to match the tab and gluing an image on the inside tab to cover what was written or labeled.

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As I was cropping the folders to better match the size of the image, I wound up with some folded strips I did not want to pitch, so I  incorporated them into a card with a busy, colorful patterned inside.

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recycle-steps-2recycle-steps-3I glued 5 strips at the bottom middle edge starting from the 1 in the center, then the 2 on the top and lastly the 2 in between those so they were somewhat even, essentially giving me 20 lines to write on.

Then I tied ribbon around it. (Silk sari ribbon comes either as strips knotted or sewn together.)

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Here are a few more examples:

In this first one I did not worry about covering the entire label, but just left a well-chosen word to show on the tab.

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Strips for a folder cut at an angle to add writing space on busy, dark paper:

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More to come!