While browsing craft projects on Pinterest, I found a neat tutorial for dressing up plain white envelopes with scraps of patterned paper (their samples are shown at left). I have plenty of the latter, so I just had to find a few store-bought envelopes and break out the glue and scissors.
I figured it would work better with a square flap (and I prefer these to pointed styles), so I pulled out some envelopes I bought from TG Envelope. I only used one white envelope, and the rest with some colored envelopes (partly to use up the black or brown envelopes I don’t use that often). All you do is adhere the scrap to the straightedge of the flap, and then trim the edge to the shape of the flap. Super easy, and I think they turned out pretty well:
Perhaps a bit map heavy, from this sample. One of the maps is from an old atlas, and then the rest are half store-bought scrapbook paper and half patterned paper I printed at home. What’s nice is that you don’t really need that much paper, so you can definitely use up those scraps that seem to nice to throw away.
I think next I want to try this technique on some pointed flaps, and also on some handmade envelopes, so there could be patterned envelope with patterned flap, or patterned envelope with solid color flap. Or maybe a collage of paper scraps, like in strips or other patterns.