Today marks 18 months since I married Paul, I can’t believe how time has flown by! For our first wedding anniversary back in October I knew I wanted to make something, especially as a first wedding anniversary gift is traditionally paper and well, I’m a paper crafter! I came up with the idea for an anniversary gift that would last all year – a paper envelope each month with a little gift inside that Paul would open on the 18th of each month taking us to our second anniversary. I put all the envelopes in a box tied with twine and when Paul opened it, he loved the idea and always remembers each month that he has a new envelope to open.
I think it’s a great idea for a first wedding anniversary gift as it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune and you can get really creative with the ‘gift’ ideas – ours will be listed at the bottom of the blog and I’ll update each month as a new envelope is opened. Some months haven’t cost anything monetarily, others have but were not too expensive, Groupon has been my friend.
Want to have a go at making your own paper envelopes? Simply gather some scrapbooking paper as this is thicker than printer paper, an envelope the size you want to make, a ruler, double sided tape, a pencil and some scissors.
Firstly, carefully unstick the envelope you want to replicate and use this as your template. Draw around it on the scrapbooking paper and carefully cut out. I stuck mine down with a little washi tape.
Using the ruler as a guide, fold the side flaps in of the envelope and then the bottom. Fix the bottom piece to the sides with some double sided tape, or any glue.
Carefully fold the opening flap of the envelope ready for sealing when you are ready.
For our anniversary gift I used my Cuttlebug and a frame die from Crafters Companion to cut out twelve decorative cards and I used a nice pen to write out what each gift is. One month needed additional information so I popped that in its own envelope. I also needed to label each envelope and used a label die for that.
The great thing about this idea is it doesn’t just have to be for a wedding anniversary, how about writing your child a note to open if they have moved to college – one for a day they’re sad, another for a day they need motivation etc. Or why not simply make some super pretty envelopes for sending your happy mail because let’s face it, it’s far more exciting to receive a pretty envelope through the letter box than a plain white one.
So the gifts I have included are:
October – Cambridge Ghost Tour
November – Movie Night at Home with homemade icecream (I had to watch the first Star Wars film!)
December – Kindle Voucher
January – Voucher for local independent cake Shop, Tom’s Cakes
February – Wii Night
March – West Wing Marathon
April – Spa Afternoon
May – Treasure Hunt
June – Picnic at Gratham Water
July – Afternoon Tea in Wadenhoe
You’ll have to check back to see what else gets added. I wonder what to do for our second wedding anniversary of cotton…..?
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