Tuesday, 26 April 2016

DIY Pocket Letter Envelope Tutorial

Hello all! Today I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the envelopes I have been using for my pocket letters. In the video I will share visual instructions and below that I will have simple written instructions. I hope you give it a try, as these are super fun for pocket letters, but also as inserts in your binder albums or mini albums.

1. Select a piece of 12x12 paper and determine the direction you want the pattern to go.
2. Flip the paper over so the backside faces up. Score 3" in from the right side and 4" in from the left side as shown in the video.
3. With the backside still up, score 1.5" in from the top and 1" in from the bottom. This will create an envelope that is a finished size of 5"W x 9.5"H,
4. Fold paper on all score lines and crease well using a bone folder or other tool. The preferred pattern should be on the outside.
5. Unfold paper. Using a pair of scissors, or a trimmer, cut out each of the four corners on a light angle as shown in the video. This angle will create a nice finished look to the envelope. You can also found the corners of the top and bottom flaps if desired.
6. Add adhesive to the overlapping section of the envelope and press firmly together.
7. Add adhesive to the bottom flap of the envelope and adhere shut.
8. When you are prepared to mail your item, adhere top flap securely. I like to add some clear packing tape to make sure that the flaps won't come open and the address label won't fall off. You have done it!

To see more of my pocket letters, check out the playlist on YouTube. If you would like to know more about pocket letters, check out the website here!

Below I have included some examples of how I package my pocket letters to go inside the envelopes. There is enough space to add some tissue within the envelopes and this is one of my favourite parts of creating pocket letters! As seen below also, I like to hand letter the name and address of my recipient on cardstock and adhere that to the envelope.
The envelope above was too busy of a pattern to write on directly. Adding a label helps solve this issue.
I love how the letters above look with all the Canadian stamps on them! I try to request stamps instead of the printed shipping label that the post office likes to do now.
On the envelope above I lettered directly on to the paper as it was not to busy of a pattern.

As I mentioned in the video, other sized envelopes are certainly a possibility too! Try using a 6x6 sheet of paper and dividing the scoring measurements in half, or use a unique size and just experiment with proportions. I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and I encourage you to give it a try!

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