After a quick Bing search, I found this handmade envelope template, which worked great. I just had to scale it up in size to fit the paper width. I also changed the black portion to light grey, just to save printer ink. I cut it out, then instead of tracing it onto my fancy paper, I got my ruler and my cutting mat and my Exacto knife, and carefully cut it out by just laying the template over the top. The reason I did this was that I wanted to make sure there weren't any pencil lines on the paper and because it is recycled paper, erasing could damage it. It worked great. I placed my items on the still flat envelope to make sure they would fit comfortably. Then I took them out and addressed the envelope before folding it. After that I scored the fold lines with my Exacto knife. I folded the flaps, then glued the bottom and sides with an ordinary glue stick. (It works fine, but you need to press and hold after gluing to make sure it will stay glued shut.) I put my items in, then glued the top closed. Next, I walked the 6 blocks in the pouring rain to the post office, waited in line for a while and mailed it off. I hope that my customer enjoys receiving it as much as I enjoyed making it. I actually had a lot of fun picking out which paper to use, wrapping it in bubble wrap and tissue paper, then making the envelope. And I even got to reuse some of the tissue paper from my Doubledutch Boutique package. Here are the pictures I took of the enelope process.
|After addressing: all cut out and scored|
|double checking to make sure everything fits|
|right before I glued the top closed|
I guess the point of this post is to say that as someone who loves getting mail, I am much more likely to order again from a certain place if I enjoy not only their product, but also their packaging. I like it when a company puts in an extra effort to show customers that they care, and so I'm trying to embody that in my own shop.