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I am a huge fan of envelope security patterns.. I know I'm not alone in this (there's a lovely collection here). I love how they are never quite perfect, like they've been xeroxed on an old copy machine. I've been cutting all our envelopes down to little squares, perfect for little notes (good thing we pay most of our bills online!).

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so beautiful. i LOVE all the blues.

10.21.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna goddard

I am collecting these for an eventual project. At work as I'm sealing envelopes from accounts payable, if I notice there is a new pattern I'll switch it into one of our privacy envelopes so I can add it to my collection!

10.21.2008 | Unregistered Commenterwoodley park-zoo

This is so pretty! You have such a good eye for details - I never would have noticed these.

10.21.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

This is a great collection! All the patterns and shades are truly lovely.

10.21.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Love the colours and patterns. There is so much beauty in the everyday stuff, especially when collected and displayed together.

10.21.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

And I thought I was the only one who loved these and collected them!

10.21.2008 | Unregistered Commenterflowerpress

These are beautiful - makes me want to print my own envelope liners!

10.21.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnhb

That's really cool, I've never really noticed before.

10.21.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Still wondering if you'd mind posting or emailing how you achieved the simple, fresh look with the tape on your posted images. :)

10.21.2008 | Unregistered Commenterchristen

So cute! I love all the different blues!!

It's fun to notice the little details like this - I probably wouldn't have otherwise. Cute way to reuse some of that junk mail.

10.22.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I have a whole collection of these as well! I can't wait to find the *perfect* project for these patterns!

10.22.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

Oh yes, I love these too. I’ve always thought a line of fabrics based on these patterns would be excellent and have toyed with the idea of screening my own. As long as you’re cutting them up into little pieces, you should make notepads with them.

10.22.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Heather... I've had the same thought myself!

10.22.2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke reynolds

boy o boy, how beautiful a collection.
i'm glad you're here to point out the beauty in the mundane we so often miss.

10.22.2008 | Unregistered Commentermolly

that's such a cute idea that i went to my bill drawer and started looking through all of the patters. love it.

10.23.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Kellerhals

I love your collection! A while ago I saw a photo in a UK decorating magazine where someone had cut out squares of each pattern and attached them in a grid directly to their wall. It inspired me and I've been collecting them ever since. One day I'll get around to making my own wall display!

10.27.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjennzinn

I have over 80 different envelop patterns in my collection, such fun!

10.28.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Wow - these are great. Love how you've photographed them!

11.7.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlexi

Brooke, 3191 has a similar post to this one today:


Happy weekend!


04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

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