Friday, November 14, 2014

Be Unique (String Tie Envelope w/ Alternate Ties)

My daughter and I have talked often over the years about being unique and being authentic.  I've always wanted Lauren to be comfortable just being her.   Sometimes it's hard in this world where we are pressured to conform.  

Lauren and I are hard on ourselves.  As I've gotten older, I have an easier time letting the perfect go.  I still have to remind myself sometimes that "as good as I can do it" is perfectly fine!  That's one of the reasons I LOVE this sentiment.  

And look at this darling Flamingo!  Cute, right?  The stamps and dies are from Reverse Confetti.

I love string tie envelopes, but sometimes I just don't want to set eyelets.  So I've got an alternative way to do the ties that I pretty much use all the time.

I use circles and pop dots.  Just cut four circles (larger than your pop dot).  The twine will be glued under only one of the dots.  Don't cut the twine yet!

I like the twine to start on the top dot.  It's important that the twine be pointing down toward where it will wrap.  Glue the pop dots on top of the circles.

Finish off with the other two pop dots.  I put a little dot of glue on the top and bottom of the pop dot - just to give a little more stick-to-it-ness. Wrap the twine around the pop dots and when you know for sure how much you need, then you can cut the twine.  That way you ensure that you always have enough!

I promise the twine doesn't stick to the pop dots - or at least it hasn't so far!  It works really well.  

Here are the measurements and instructions for this size envelope:

Cut your paper to 6 1/4 x 7 3/8".  I printed my paper double sided on 80lb paper.  This pretty paper is from Grepic and is included in a set called Cupcakes.  

Cut off the tabs you've created with the 3/4" scores above and below the horizontal score lines.  You will have tabs on just the middle section.

Then as you can see one picture up, I used a decorative edge die on the top portion.  Fold up the bottom and adhere to the tabs.  

So what do you think about uniqueness?  Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all live with this philosophy?

Hope your day is as fabulous as you are!

Don't forget to mark you calendar for Visions of Sugarplums!


  1. Darling flamingo envelope! I agree with you...enjoy your uniqueness! Wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same!:-)

  2. I love the way you tied your string on the envelope and that flamingo is precious! When I was much younger, I use to worry about whether everyone liked me. I suppose that is common for our social personalities. But, as I have grown older, I realize that not everyone will get along and sometimes people feel so badly about themselves that they don't want you to be happy either. I just don't allow any negative energy or Mojo in my world; only happy positive people. And it is usually the Unique ones that are the positive force!! I love your Blog, Lori, because it is full of fun and happy whimsy and I always know I am going to left with a smile. Thanks for always sharing your cute and happy projects. You make the world a much brighter place :)

    1. So smart, Laura! And thank you for your sweet words!

  3. I agree with you Lori - that sentiment is fabulous.
    Love the way you have used the twine on the envelope and such a cute make.
    Toni xx

  4. Very cute project! Love the sentiment too!

  5. So cute! I love the flamingo and sentiment!

  6. This is so beautiful and love the ties and papers. Sentiment is perfect. I think we all go through trying our hardest to please others, sometimes we have to take a step back and remind ourselves, to please ourselves too :-) Have a great week.

  7. I am so with you on this one, Lori! Because isn't it just the differences between us people that make us all unique? And interesting for that matter? We can still please others and still be ourselves, right? Love the sentiment you picked for your fab creation, couldn't be better!
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  8. Just your gorgeous envelope. I can so relate to your thoughts on being perfect, fabulous sentiment!


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