No body asked me if it was ok if my daughters grow up. If they did, I would probably say "no!"
I know life progresses, people change, kids get old. It's how it's supposed to be but it doesn't make it any easier. Especially when you are looking through old photos and you can visibly see the changes that some how going day-to-day elude you.
The photos prove that at some point in time I blinked and my Miss grew up! In 16 days she will be 16. She has been waiting for this day for as long as I can remember. She's always wanted to be older than she is. She's wanted to drive since she was 8 and she's wanted to date since she was 12 when she had her first crush. And she's wanted a job since she was 7 and realized having her own money was cool. Now all those things are happening for her. So, to help her celebrate I've put together a little countdown to help her make it through the next 16 days.
I asked several of her friends to write her some little notes or messages and she will open one envelope a day for the next 16 days. Fun, right?! Not only will there be letters in each envelope but sometimes a small gift or treat as well. Some of them serious, some of them funny - each day will be a surprise!
The envelopes I'm making are super easy. Some will be different shapes and styles to accommodate the different sizes of the notes but most are the style shown above. Want to make your own? Here's how.
Take a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper (thicker paper works best if you are going put something other than a letter in the envelope. I choose a double sided printed card stock for mine.) Then find your center point and mark it. If you look close you can see a red dot under the bird in the middle.
Next take one corner of your paper and fold it in so that the corner point touches the center mark.
Repeat that process until all four corners are folded into the middle.
Add in whatever you want to include. Today she got my letter and 16 Hershey Kisses.
Next, I just took a little sticker and attached it to the center to hold all the flaps together.
And then finally on the outside I added the note telling her when to open it and how many more days were left and wrapped it all up in twine.
It's super easy and the beauty of it all is these envelopes could be used for so many different things.