Wednesday, January 21, 2015


It seems that sending and receiving HAPPY MAIL is the new"right now". What used to be called just  "RAKS"(random acts of kindness) is now happily referred to as either "incoming" or "outgoing" - mail that is.  While doing my usual perusing for creative inspiration, I found a tutorial for a happy mail holder. It resembles a brochure-type folder that can hold all your creative goodies.  I think it puts a creative and interesting twist on sending out goodies to others.  Once you see how versatile this project is, you will never send out happy mail the same again.  Here's how I created my holder:

1. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock to an 81/2 x 11 size( of course you can create you own personal size)


2. Place the pieces of card stock together and fold in a brochure-type fashion by folding one side into the other. Use a bone folder to make a crisp fold and to make sure the pieces fit snugly together.
ETA:  Choose a solid card stock for the inside and a patterned piece for the outside.

3. Next, take the inside piece( the solid piece) and make cuts for pockets to hold your goodies. You can make these cuts according to the sizes of the items you will include in the holder.

The cuts are marked with the small clips.  Again, you can make your cuts to your own choosing.

4. Now, adhere the inside piece to the outer piece using adhesive of your choice.  Remember not to glue the cuts or pockets together.  You are finished with the construction, so now you can decorate your holder as you wish.  Your happy mail is ready to be sent on its way.

For added appeal and to hold everything together, why not create a belly band.
( has the original tutorial)




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