|Feel free to ignore the dice collection in the background :P|
I thought since there are quite a few of you getting these calenders it would be neat to share my creative process with you all. First off, paper and envelopes! In the past I used this design for the envelopes and plain (yet colorful) Origami paper.
|So nostalgic, this old design.|
This year I wanted to do something new. The past envelopes were great for normal sized teabags, but now that they will be holding some unique, and in the case of some teas, larger leaves, I need a more flexible size for envelopes and sturdier paper. Plus, lets be honest, colorful paper is pretty, but not very thematic! I decided on scrapbook paper, it is not quite cardstock but it is much sturdier than Origami paper. I have quite a bit of experience with this stuff from all my modular origami projects, it is good stuff! The Recollections Sugar Plum Paper Pad has some great holiday designs in red and green, good Christmas-y colors.
For the envelopes I am debating two designs, this Origami envelope and this Origami Envelope, both look awesome, so I guess I will try one of each and see which works best with the paper and being stuffed with little bags of tea. Previously I was a lazy thing and just wrote a number on each envelope and called it a day, now true I am good at calligraphy, but for these I wanted consistency. I was originally thinking stickers but after looking at price and the ones that were available it turns out using a stencil and pretty metallic markers were the best choice. I especially like that the stencil set I chose has a teapot with 'tea' stenciled on it as its product design, auspicious! To seal the envelopes I was originally going to go with stickers (I really love stickers) but looking at designs and price I was discouraged because none really matched the paper I was going to go with. I went with a round Lever Punch and decorative 'craft tape' that is a perfect match for seals.
You probably notice in the back there is an orange Take Out box, well I might be using those for presentation. In the past I stuck the envelopes in a t-shirt box with some tissue paper and copious amounts of paper stars, but I saw the Take Out box and thought it would be a cute way to store them while waiting to open the next day's envelope. That is still a 'maybe' since I need to see if 25 envelopes will fit in one of them (and of course I will need matching colors), there will of course be Lucky Stars in the box as well, for added happiness.
|Why yes, I do in fact have a lot of tea|