packaging: diy envelope liners

Posted on: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Happy Tuesday! I’m writing this blog post from Newport Beach and am loving the change of scenery! I can’t wait to get outside and take a walk around the bay, but before I do, I want to share a little packaging tutorial on how I customize envelope liners.

First of all, lining envelopes is not only a fun surprise for the recipient when they open the package, but it’s also a great way to use rolled sheets of paper! I have a huge collection of rolled paper that has a tendency to collect dust simply because it is so unruly to work with. Well, no more excuses…it’s time to use my stash!

Here I’m using an A6 kraft envelope from Xpedx and hot pink patterned paper from Egg Press. I cut the paper down as small as possible to make it easier to trace and cut.

Since my Paper Source liner template is designed for triangle-flap envelopes, I made a little pencil mark on the template where my kraft envelope will end. This comes in handy when I go to cut my paper down to size. (If you don’t have liner templates, you could easily make them yourself with a heavy piece of cardstock or a manila folder.)

Lay the liner template on the backside of the patterned paper and trace just the bottom rectangle portion (not the flap).

Next, flip the template upside down and trace the upper portion of the paper (again, not the flap), using the first set of pencil lines as your guide. From there, cut along the pencil lines to remove the excess paper.

After I’ve cut out the patterned paper, I place it in the envelope and make light pencil marks to indicate the slight angling of the flap. (Personally, I avoid measuring at all costs and eyeball everything, but feel free to measure out the angle if you prefer exact proportions.) Once I make the pencil lines, I cut away the excess paper.

Tuck the liner into the envelope and position as you would like. Then add a little bit of adhesive to the portion of the liner that will be on the flap. That’s it! No need to adhere the whole entire sheet.

For an additional element of surprise, I stamped a phrase atop a strip of orange washi tape and stuck it just below the envelope opening. (This is covered by the flap when it’s closed.) The striped teal washi tape wraps around both the front and back of the envelope.

Both the front and back of the envelope are adorned with Paper Source labels (unfortunately no longer in stock) and embellished with my stamps. (You can find the “Cheers” stamp here).

Ta-da! Now stick a handmade card in there and send it to someone special!

xoxo

  • bluebuttonpress

    Great post, I love how you added special flair to something we’ve all heard a lot about. You really made it your own with your colors and stamps, bravo!

  • Lynley J

    So cute! I love your creative packaging!

  • Lynley J

    So cute! I love your creative packaging!

  • Melinda T

    TFS! Very pretty! I’d be excited to receive this letter!

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  • Paula

    I’ve just made a few liners and placed them inside some envelopes and I have to say they look amazing. The envelopes I got on sale and the liners were made from papers given away in craft magazines. Fantastic. Thanks for the great idea.

  • Paula

    I’ve just made a few liners and placed them inside some envelopes and I have to say they look amazing. The envelopes I got on sale and the liners were made from papers given away in craft magazines. Fantastic. Thanks for the great idea.

  • HJ

    I love your idea of using rolled paper. I have some I bought in Japan. It will look amazing in an upcoming birthday card I am making. Another idea on envelope liners that I’ve used is to type a page of Happy Birthday (or whatever the occasion), then cut it to fit the envelope. If using a color printer, some of the words can be in red or a color that goes with the card to make them stand out.

  • HJ

    I love your idea of using rolled paper. I have some I bought in Japan. It will look amazing in an upcoming birthday card I am making. Another idea on envelope liners that I’ve used is to type a page of Happy Birthday (or whatever the occasion), then cut it to fit the envelope. If using a color printer, some of the words can be in red or a color that goes with the card to make them stand out.



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