Is it wrong to collect something that wasn’t meant to be seen? No, according to me and my Paper Source work mates. A few months ago I brought in my collection of security envelopes and tacked them to my inspiration board. Each day since everyone in the Design Department has been adding to the mix! They’re really quite beautiful and detailed.

Security envelopes collection

Some of the envelopes are duplicates so I made some origami with them.

Patterns courtesy of “Home Decorating With Origami” by Tomoko Fuse.

Make paper vases

Envelopes origami

What kind of unusual items do you collect?

PS colors: gravel & cement
Latest fave: Xyron 510 Machine


14 Responses

  1. Oh my, I LOVE this little display of security envelopes! Mine are just stuffed in a shoebox — this is so much nicer 🙂

  2. Sharon says:

    Christy Hale’s children’s book on Noguchi, The East West House, is illustrated using security envelopes. Beautiful!

  3. Regina says:

    Too funny — I was just peeking inside one of those protective and secure envelopes and was inspired by the detail — even thought about using it to make a card, but then after I heard my interior monologue reminding me of my other “for some future unknown purpose collections” I tossed them.

    Your collection of the “not meant to be seen” is beautiful and totally indicative of creative minds.

  4. Sarah says:

    I’ve been collecting (and using!) interesting security envelopes to use in my paper crafting projects for over a year. My favorite patterns are the faux bois, but love the punk sensibility some of the more abstract ones add to a project.

  5. Smriti says:

    Wow! Simply awesome! Love those vases!
    And when I initially saw the papers I thought they were a new collection from some company but after reading the post realized that they were just envelopes that are looking so beautiful!

  6. Fabra says:

    Thanks for all the comments. Sharon, thanks for the link to the Noguchi book!

  7. Merissa says:

    There’s something cool about the patterns of security envelopes. I’ve been collecting them too and using them in paper craft projects. I really like your collection and how neatly you’ve displayed them. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I LOVE Paper Source xoxo!

  8. linda says:

    Fabra, you are so inspiring! i love seeing these and so many of your wonderful collections hanging on your inspiration board each day…you have a great eye!

  9. KAllison says:

    Directions to the to-die-for origami vase, please!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  10. Lorajean says:

    I love that you are inspired by something so random and ordinary! I just happened to make origami too! I collect wallpaper from thrift stores and use it for all sorts of things. I made origami gift boxes with my wallpaper and filled them with yummy baked goods!

  11. Fabra says:

    Lorajean, thanks for your comments. Origami boxes are so much fun! Your blog, by the way, is wonderful!

  12. Lay Hoon says:

    Beautiful !! I do collect some and make them in used.

  13. Fabra says:

    Beautiful! Your blog is awesome.

  14. Peg says:

    I collect body parts for my office — ceramic hands, feet, eyes, brains, heads,