DIY – Envelopes & Liners

5 04 2009

Hiya!

Pattern Envelope Picture from Flickr

I am about to take on my Save the Dates, because they have to go out Friday. (Better late than never, right?) 🙂

I haven’t been able to find an envelope in just the right color that I can get in quantities less than 200/250, and I only need like… 75, so I figured I would just make them. 🙂 I’m not sure if there are a lot of other brides out there or not that are wanting to take this on, but this is an extremely good thing to do if you want a special envelope but don’t feel like paying shipping, don’t feel like paying an arm and a leg, or can’t find what you want!

I will update this once I am finished with our envelopes, but I thought I would share the template I made for envelopes. I have made 2 templates, and one is for an A7 (5.25×7.25) or Invitation size envelope, and the other is for an A2 (4.375×5.75) or RSVP/STD/Thank You Card envelope. I will also make liner templates for these too, but that will probably be tomorrow.

Firstly, I will show you how I made the templates.
envelope destruction

I took apart an envelope carefully and traced the edges on a flat piece of paper (8.5 x 11 paper.)

envelope tracing

I then closed it up, and traced the closed shape  into the middle of the opened traced shape to show where the folds would be.

rough tracingI then scanned the tracing onto the computer.

A2I then made a clean version in illustrator, and wrote some directions for people who use it on the places that would be cut off so they wouldn’t have text on places that they would be using if they decide to print the template directly on paper.

envelopeThen I printed out the template I made, put that sheet of paper back into my printer and printed a light damask pattern on the side with no template so that when I put it together the template would be hidden. I cut out the template, folded it where it says to fold it, added glue to the side areas that needed to be glued, put a card inside of it, and glued down the top flap to seal it so I could address it and mail it.

This is a really cool thing because you can trace the pattern onto a piece of two sided scrapbook paper, cut it out, and fold it according to my directions, and then you have automatically lined envelopes! Or, you can print a pattern on the side without the directions so you can have patterned envelopes, etc.

The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

-Laura

A7 Envelope Template by Laura Grove

A2 Envelope Template by Laura Grove

A7 Liner Template by Laura Grove

A2 Liner Template by Laura Grove

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20 responses

7 05 2009
Michelle L

This is fabulous!!! I don’t need that many envelopes either, this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

7 05 2009
artsybride

Yay! I’m glad I can help.

18 05 2009
Katie

I never thought about making my own envelopes! That’s fabulous 🙂 Thanks for the free template, especially since the ones off of Paper Source are for triangular flapped envelopes, which I’ve found cost more :-/

Thanks 🙂

21 12 2009
Cassie

This is great! Thank you so much for sharing! It has really helped me out with making my own invitations. Since I have the worst handwriting in the world, I decided to print them out and then put them together. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! You have saved me frustration and a headache 😀

1 06 2010
artsybride

I’m so thrilled I could help! 🙂 I hope your invitations turned out great!

8 03 2010
Lisa

I am not sure what I am doing wrong, but when I click on the A7 template and try to print it, it prints very small, definitely not to the proper scale. When I measured it, it came out to a 4×6. If only I knew how to use illustrator!

22 03 2010
Grant

I came across this post and it is exactly what i was looking for. I made the invitations and could not find an envelope that i wanted to put them in. Hand making 125 envelopes is a small price to pay for something that brings my whole DIY vision together. I will also be showing my fiance your bouquet post. Great blog!

Thanks,
“Artsy Groom”

1 06 2010
artsybride

Hi, Artsy Groom. 🙂 I’m glad I could help! I agree. When there’s something you have in your head and you can’t find it, it’s nice to be able to create exactly what you’ve been wanting. Plus, the nice sense of accomplishment helps, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

26 12 2010
Latisha Horton

Awesome templates! Thank you for sharing … I am a graphic designer and I was looking for these exact templates for matching stationary designs (invitations/cards).

29 03 2011
Chelsea

So, since you said you can print them, the open envelope fits on standard 8×11.5 paper?

29 03 2011
Laura

Yes, Chelsea. It does. 🙂

10 04 2012
Malisa Sangsiripisal

Artsybride, you’re awesome!!

10 05 2012
lian

can u sent me the template too ?

27 05 2012
Mandy

Thanks for sharing, Artsybride! You’re a lifesaver! I can now personalise it!

8 12 2012
Jen

Thanks for sharing! Thank you so much! I have some leftover paper I would like to turn into pretty envelopes just because. Your template is perfect for my purpose!

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