kreate-a-lopeMy son and I tried out these envelope making templates and true to their claim, they are easy and fun! We used a magazine cover and calendar page and it was a breeze. I have the Paper Source envelope templates but The Kreate-a-Lope is better. For one thing you don’t need scissors- you can just tear the excess paper off the edges of the template. The only benefit to the Paper Source kit is that it comes in 6 different sizes.

But Nick Romer, the brainchild behind the Kreate-A-Lope, wants to produce templates beyond the A2 and A7 sizes already available. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to expand his operation and he needs your help. Take a look at his presentation. And get inspired to make some envelopes!

Mail in Illustration

Since reading one zillion books to my kids, I have become very interested in children’s book illustration. There is so much good stuff out there! And then there are the books that make my eyes bleed.

Here’s my first offering in a new entry category called Illustration. It’s a detail from the cover of Remy Charlip‘s 1969 book, Arm in Arm, which I had as a child. I guess it left a lasting impression on my subconscious because I had been drawing things coming out of envelopes for months before re-discovering this book at my mom’s house in December. Remy Charlip, consider me a fan.