Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lining Envelopes

Last month I spotted some cute bunny scrapbooking paper at hobby lobby and decided I needed to have it, but wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  Well, I decided to line my Easter card envelopes with it (here) and then I got to thinking .. why not do that with all my card making envelopes.  I am not a big scrapbooker, but I do love scrapbook paper.  When I am browsing the paper aisle in the craft store and I see a pretty design, I cannot help but pick it up.  Gift wrap has always been a fall back option for these papers, but my new favorite thing to do with them is line envelopes.  It's a simple way to add an extra personal touch to your homemade card and it adds such a surprise when you open the envelope before you even get to the card. Below I have pictures of the few short steps it takes to line your own envelopes.

Gather supplies:  Lining paper, envelope, ruler, pencil, scissors, and double sided tape.

Trace your envelope:  Turn the paper printed side down and open your envelope, trace the outside.

Cut out your envelope liner.

 Cut about a half inch off the bottom of the liner: You want the liner to sit below the envelope adhesive.  It will usually be about about a half inch off the bottom but you can tailor it to suit your exact envelope.

Trim the sides:  In order to slide your liner into the envelope, you will need to trim the tiniest bits off  of both sides, evenly.

Adhere your liner to your envelope: Line the rectangular part of the liner that will actually be inside of the envelope first and slide it into the envelope to adhere it.  The next part can be a bit tricky, because of the envelope fold.  Once you have the inside adhered, fold over the top of the envelope so you can make a crease on the liner that will match the crease of the envelope. Then you can line the back of the top of the liner with glue and adhere it to the  top of the envelope.

How cute and easy is that?
xo Bridget

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