Friday, January 15, 2010

design i take for granted *part two*






Deviating from the grocery shelf and taking focus on the letter box, I bring you 'Design I take for Granted' - Part Two!

**Security Envelope Patterns**

Security envelope patterns are printed patterns found on the inside of envelopes. They are intended to make it very difficult, if not impossible, to be able to see through the envelope and read the content within.

I first opened my eyes to the patterns found inside envelopes after reading a post by Myf on DIY business cards. After reading Myf's post I searched the house for envelopes to start my on collection and as sad as it sounds I actually couldn't wait for the bills to start arriving so I could check out the security patterns.

Some pattern lovers collect them, there is a website about them, a flickr group devoted to them and others who make things from them, like Myf and like Love Teenie who makes those cute mini envelopes pictured above.

Maybe you too, might find yourself eagerly waiting for the bills to arrive!

Image One: Security Patterns
Mini Notes: Love Teenie Etsy store

20 comments:

yardage girl said...

Oooh I had forgotten to collect these after reading a post about them a while ago - I saw how someone had made really lovely paper bunting out of the insides of envelopes. Thanks for the reminder! Nic

m.e (Cathie) said...

ohhh, when is my next bill arriving!!

Betty Jo said...

It took me a while to work out WHY envelopes have the patterns inside.
Even when I had read a few people calling them "security patterns".(slow off the mark I am)
I guess like you I just took them for granted most of my adult life.

hiki said...

Ah! That's what you call them in English -"Security Envelope Patterns"!
I have these "Security Envelope Patterned" paper tapes in my shop http://uguisu.ocnk.net/product/248, in Japanese they are called "ji-mon" which literally means "woven patterns" but this word is only used for the inside of the envelopes!
I will change it to "Security Envelope Patterns" later so people will actually know what they are!
Thank you so much for this, and these envelopes are really cute! Interesting to see all the different "Security Envelope Patterns" around :)

Graceful Taylor said...

So sweet & innovative - I love these, thank you!

teddybearswednesday said...

this one totally is a design I take for granted, I really never looked too closely until now! thanks drawing it to my attention
I love the set of flickr, did you see the Mickey Mouse one, the teapots and cups one and the horsey ones? xo

Hello Sandwich said...

These are so lovely! I love them! xxx

handmade romance said...

adorable! love these patterns. i often think about collecting such enveloped but alsways end up forgetting! thanks for the reminder x

at swim-two-birds said...

more bills please!
the website is cute:)

Ellie said...

They just make me think of origami!

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thea said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

thea.
xx

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Niya said...

Nice design. Loved it. Thanks.

Hila said...

Those mini notes are so adorable!

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Little Jane St said...

These are such a cute little idea! Have a great weekend:)

Lulu said...

ohh i completely agree! also, these are THE most adorable little envelopes! i love your blog!

http://postcardsfromdreamland.blogspot.com/

Duermevela said...

this is cute!

bonjour~Kawaiiday said...

wow. that is so lovely papers!

Juddie said...

So lovely!