Thank You Notes

Cutting up images
Cutting up images

The new year is already five days old. I put everything else on pause today to write my thank you notes.

The cards
The cards

I’m going through my image files and pulling out some fun graphics I’ve created this past year. After putting them in an Illustrator file, getting things into the right size and fiddling with the colors endlessly, I eventually get to hit the print¬†button, let my computer do the work, then finish these cards up with a bit of real world cut and paste.

blank inside, but not for long
blank inside, but not for long

Am determined to finish them up tonight. Tomorrow I drive my daughter back to college ūüė¶ so that’ll be the end of holiday season for me.

I can feel the days getting longer already.


Paper to Go

The Letter that Becomes an Envelope

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Click on this image to enlarge and print!

One of the reasons that I¬†started an on-line site is that I wanted to keep a record of things that I didn’t want to forget. The paper-folding¬†sequence shown above is one that I have already forgotten once. Fortunately, James Higby, who learned it the same day that I did, something like 15 years ago, continued to make these folds, and I was able to look at an envelope he made, then recreate the steps for this post, which will now forever be at my fingertips.


Since it’s the season to write thank you notes, this seems like the right time to post these instructions. What I like about this structure is that I can start with a standard size paper, which I have either created an image on or not , then make a sequence of folds which¬†transforms the paper into¬†an envelope¬†that has a precious feeling to it.

If you start with a paper that has an image on it, like this one:


…then be advised that the image should be visible after the first fold.

Snowflake paper, after first fold

The fun thing about using printed paper is watching how the image is transformed by the folds.

Step 4 in prgoress
Step 4 in prgoress

Here’s the snowflake paper as a finished envelope…

sfenvelopebackw side…


…and the other side.

And here’s a few, ready to go:


I have to say that I am partial to the envelope on the lower right, which is the stock page scavenged from the Wall Street Journal. A perfect thank you envelope for a gift of money?

Once you’re done with your thank you notes, may I suggest that you take a look at Hannah Brencher’s site¬†Each week her¬†organization mails out a ¬†“bundle of love letters to a person in need. Sign up for the Love Letter Alert List to get the letter request in your inbox.” Very cool.