Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mini Post Office

Hello! Happy weekend!

Challenge #22 at Magnolia Down Under Challenge is ...anything but a card. Our sponsor for this challenge is Just Scrap and Stamp and Tania, owner and founder, has provided a fabulous prize to be won. Check out the prize at the MDUC blog and also check out the wonderful projects by the other DT gals. You can find the details of their projects on their individual blogs and I hope you will also leave a comment.

I've combined this challenge with the one at Magnolia-licious Highlites. The DT September Sketch Project!! is to create a Mini Accordion File Folder.

Here is my 'anything but' ...


I'm calling this my Mini Post Office, as I'm now using it keep all my postal stamps organized. I'm not too crazy about that designer paper I used, but I thought it was very appropriate for this project. It's not that pretty, sort of blah.....LOL. Oh well, it's only for myself.

There are six compartments that I can use. For sending my cards, Canada Post has basically 3 postal rates: for mailing within Canada, to the States and to everywhere else.
I've labelled the pockets:
- Domestic
- U.S.A.
- International
- Miscellaneous (for 1 or 2 cent stamps for those rate increases that Canada Post seems to introduce every year )
- Airmail (for Airmail stickers)
- Do Not Bend (labels that I like to slap on the front and back of my envelopes--my little note to the postal personnel, LOL)

There's a tutorial for this from Valerie Stangle. Click here to see. Valerie uses a strip of cardstock bent over to fit into a slot to close her file folder. I've replaced this with ribbons as I find that cardstocks are not meant to be bent. After repeated use, the cardstock strip does not look very nice anymore.

Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Letter, Hero Arts Love Letters Postal Stamp.
DP: Gartner Studio Bon Voyage-Postage Stamps Collection.

25 comments:

Kellie Winnell said...

This is FANTASTIC and I love that you mixed it with another challenge. Gorgeous inspiration for all wanting to join in Norma and Colouring WOW blown me away as always xx.

dolcreations said...

This is an awesome idea! I love it. Your colouring as usual is just perfect! You inspire me so much. Now...I am off to create something for the challenge!
Have a great day,
Christine

Jodester said...

Norma,
Love you folder, very sweet Tilda. Amazing colouring and the dp suits this project.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs Oz_Jodie

Pam S. said...

awesome Norma! I love postal things!
Pam Going Postal

CelticWoman said...

adorable, Love the background stamps. Sandi

Barb Hardeman said...

Norma this is absolutely fabulous! I love the idea of it being a Mini Post Office. You have such wonderful ideas...the dp is fantastic and your Tilda is colored so beautifully...way to go!...hugs...Barb

Cami said...

Norma, this is absolutely fabulous! Great idea to use as your mini post office! You did a great job on the color and paper selection, and of course your wonderful coloring skills! Love this! Cami

LINDA said...

Hi Norma,Your Project turned out great your dp is just wright for your mini post office.Here in
the USA we just have to keep up with the weight
of the post.
Linda W.

Handmade by Vivi said...

Norma, absolutely fabulous your project!
I love the idea you had to keep yours stamps in it!!!
Hugs
Vivi

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Love it, Norma! You did a great job on it!
Love the stamps!
Huggies ~
Sharron

charlene aka scrappygma said...

Norma that is just the cutest little idea to use that little file folder for. Love how you colored her, and the paper is just perfect !
Hugs

Tracey said...

This is a fabulous project Norma! Love it!!

Tracey Feeger said...

Such a wonderful creation. I love it. Will have to give this one a go.
mwah
Trace

Sharon Caudle said...

This is awesome, Norma! You did a fabulous job making your file folder! Tilda is so cute and those stamps look great!! hugs!

Sue said...

Norma, what a great project. Love your Tilda sitting there with the letter to mail, perfect!
Background paper is perfect for this little file folder for your postage needs. LOVE IT.

Nancy said...

Great job Norma I love your idea of a mini post office and Tilda look perfect sitting there with her letter. Very cute awesome job!
Hugs,
Nancy

cabio's craft corner said...

Awesome folder and I love your idea to
file stamps from all over. It's so neat!
Hugs,
Cabio

Suzanne J Dean said...

Fabulously cute Norma--I adore the dp & what a perfect Tilda to match! A wonderful use for the file--thanks so much for joining in on the challenge w/ us!

hugz,
Suzanne

jannekescreations said...

Awesome Norma :0)
Love it!

Janneke X

Andrea, said...

Oh this is wonderful Norma, I love the idea and the papers you have used are perfect with this Tilda. Have a great day

Patricia Garcia said...

What A great use of it, very organized. The paper matches the theme perfect!!

Hugs,
Patricia

Jacque said...

Norma, this is darling AND what a great idea!!! I just love that paper and it is so appropriate...great job on the project!!!!....Hugs..Jacque

Ramona Michaluk said...

Love what you've done with the challenge Norma - love the way you've incorporated the perfect Tilda stamped image with the 'stamped' background :-) Very clever and a great project - perfect little file for all your postage needs.
Hugs,
Ramona

Joanna Lamprou said...

Wonderful folder!!! I'll try to make one my self... I love the papers you used and the way you coloured Tilda.Congrats and thank you for your kind comment on my blog.Hugs Joanna.

stephanne said...

I think this turned out perfectly!! Really appropriate for its function. Great coordination of papers and image, and gorgeous colouring!! It is a wonderful idea, I could use one myself!! Thanks for coming over and visiting my creation, I look forward to getting to know you and the other MDU girls :)
Stephanne

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