Monday, 4 August 2014
DIY vintage map letter writing set
I love making stuff just for fun, but don't get to do it as much as I'd like. I feel so guilty making stuff for no reason, when I could be making stuff for the business. But lately I've been trying to squeeze in small one or two hour blocks of crafting time here and there, doing very small DIY projects. Today I made these little upcycled letter writing sets. Without meaning to they ended up being very travel themed - I think my longing for a holiday has drifted into my crafting!
All the components were gathered from car boot sales and charity shops - the only thing that wasn't was the envelope template I used (which I purchased on Etsy but you could just unfold an old envelope that's the right size and draw around that.) I bought a few notepads filled with this lovely old manilla paper that's all age-stained round the edges. Whenever I visit my local Oxfam bookshop I ask if they have any old atlases - most charity shops won't sell the older ones as they are no longer geographically correct, so they give me them in exchange for a small donation!
You can never have too much stationery right? I always find that I never have a notecard when I need one, so by making my own I always have a little stash on hand for emergencies. You could make these using any old papers - pretty wrapping paper, magazine pages, vintage annuals, sheet music, graph paper... the possibilities are endless!
I made a bunch of these sets but wanted to give some away to you lovely lot (trying to declutter my studio and use up some craft supplies so I have an excuse to buy more!) Leave a comment below with your favourite holiday, or somewhere you'd love to visit, plus your email address, and I'll pick six people at random tomorrow to get a pack of six envelopes and six sheets of writing paper :)