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Old 07-15-2004, 03:11 PM   #1
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WHEW, I finally got the instructions typed and diagram drawn. . . good way to while away the hours waiting for the new Idea Books to arrive


CD/DVD Gift Envelope

I am going to try to explain how to make this neat envelope, but not sure how clear it will be.
I used the cardboard mailing envelope that an Earthlink CD was mailed in as my pattern.
It needed slight adjustments to fit a 12x12 piece of cardstock. Be sure to measure your cardstock accurately before laying out the pattern since some 12x12 is smaller than others. If yours is too short, adjust on the flaps, making them a bit narrower.
Use the diagram I drew as reference (CDEnvy.jpg). NOTE: not drawn to scale.
This will take some playing with, folding and flipping until you get the sides right, it can be confusing, especially if you've not seen the actual project, but with patience you'll get it figured out and see how easy it is once you've made a couple !

Looking at the diagram, the right two squares are going to make the pocket. There is a horizontal score line between the two and vertically along the left sides. Do not stamp this side that is facing up since these are the two sides that need to be glued together, fold them toward each other along this horizontal score line. Insert ribbon, etc in between them before gluing if you wish. Be sure to glue the tab along the bottom right side edge inside when making the pocket, too. You can use a coluzzle or whatever you might have on hand to draw/cut the half ovals for the CD to be removed easier from the pocket. The half oval in the middle of the lower portion is not removed, only cut along the curve to make a sort of "flap" to help hold the CD in place. This could be optional I suppose if you'd rather another complete side to decorate. This half oval "flap" will be on the back of the pocket, but inside the envelope.

The reverse sides of the far right squares are the insides of the envelope, be sure to decorate. The top one will be upside down, the bottom is right side up. Be sure to rotate your cardstock after turning it over when decorating if you have a right way/wrong way design otherwise it'll be upside down ! It might help to play with all of the folds, etc first on a scrap piece to make a pattern, then put notes on them to let you know which way is which when you are ready to decorate so your designs aren't upside down. Sticky notes on the actual project noting which way is up might be helpful as well !

The left two squares will be the covers. As this diagram is laid out, you are looking at the outside front cover at the top (but it will be upside down) and the outside back cover (right side up) at the back. The horizontal line between these two squares is to be cut. Fold along the vertical score lines to the underside of the right side squares. The far left flap will wrap around the front, decorate the edge and add ribbon, etc as you wish.

Iíve labeled the sections to correspond with additional photos I can email. The front of the pattern are letters A-D, the back would be numbers 1-4. Sides B and D are glued together. A and C are the outside of the covers. 1 and 3 create the pocket; 2 and 4 are the inside of the covers.

After reading these instructions, I am certain they are going to totally confuse you. I'm sorry but without being able to show you hands on, it doesn't make much sense. Best of luck in deciphering these instructions and the accompanying diagram.

Have fun !!!!
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:19 PM   #2
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Wow, Heather, thanks! I will definitely try this. It will be a great way to share VCR clips with out-of-area family.
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Thank you Heather, you wonderful Heather! I can tell you put alot of work into these instructions. Now I will try to put some work into create this lovely envelopes.

Thanks again,

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Thank you both ! I'm glad you find the idea useful and hopefully the instuctions helpful.

Yes, it was time consuming, but I am happy to share. It's more of a challenge than decorating the hard CD/DVD cases that normally come in the mail, but looks so nicer especially since there are more places for journaling/special notes. It isn't as sturdy as traditional cases to protect the cherished photos/video, but the "Ooooooo" factor is greater !

Have fun and be sure to share photos of your creations !
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WONDERFUL! thank you for sharing!
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This is awesome Heather! I am going to burn a CD for my new recruit and hopefully make one of these for her! Thank you so much for taking the time to write all these wonderful instructions out for us! You are a bomb baby!!!

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Thank you Heather, that was a lot of hard work. I will be using this soon.
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Hi,
Thanks so much for posting this great pattern and instructions! I make tons of picture CDs and music Cds for people, so it's been great, and I've adapted the pattern to be used with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock. The cd is not completely encase with this method, but it works fine if you don't have any 12x12 on hand. And I've found the cd stays put just fine.

Here's how:
On the pattern, adjust the squares on the left to 5"x5", the squares on the right will be adjusted to rectangles 3" wide. This will leave a one inch tab to be glued to hold in cd and a 1/2 in. tab for a closure. It's a small closure, but you can add some torn paper or other to extend it.

Thanks again Heather--I've been making these nonstop!!
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I can't locate the diagram that is mentioned CDEnvy.jpg.

I would love to try this idea.

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You have to be logged on, then it will magically appear!
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Thanks Cambria. When I signed in to post that message, I must not have looked back up.

But it is there!

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Yeaaaaa! I figured it out! I have some customers that are always begging for harder projects. Gonna sock it to 'em!

Thanks!
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We tried this & they were cute. Although we couldn't get the slit for the CD to work right. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Heather just curious is that your car, is it a 69 mustang. I love those cars.
Sorry for changing the subject.
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Thank you for sharing! That was a LOT of work!
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First off, I don't think the slit is really neccessary, kimorr. It's simply a small slit the the CD slides partially into. I only drew it on the pattern as it was on the piece of junk mail in case anyone wanted to add it, felt it helped hold the CD in more securely.

Yes, that is our '69 Mustang Mach 1 in my old avatar.

I'm glad you liked the project, Judi ! Oh yes, it was a time consuming project to try to write clear instructions and a diagram . . . happy to hear everyone seems to be figuring them out and enjoying the project as well as finding it useful for stamp groups

EDITED : There have been NUMEROUS requests for my diagram that has mysteriously disappeared. Sorry that it was no longer there. I have found it and am adding it again. Any questions, please write. Have fun !

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Old 02-10-2006, 09:06 AM   #17
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Default Instruction sheet with new diagram

I just love this thing! And it really is easy to make once you figure it out. I'm hoping to do this as a project for a camp or class, so I decided to make up an instruction sheet, and ended up re-doing the diagram to go along with my instructions. I thought I would post it here if anyone can use it.
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