Make Your Own Stationery

Last week I wanted to send out some extra special stationery, but I didn't have anything on hand that seemed just right.  So I headed to The Paper Source on Spring Street in Soho to scope out what they had to offer.  I'd used The Paper Source for things like wrapping paper, but I'd never taken advantage of their stationery options.  I'll be heading back frequently! 

I chose some very light pink envelopes and cardstock, feminine without being too girlie, in size A-6.  They have every color and size imaginable and I'm already eyeing the full range of blues for our baby announcements!  I also purchased an Envelope Liner Template Kit, which is essentially a set of plastic stencils that coordinate with each envelope size The Paper Source offers.  Next: I picked one sheet of high-quality paper to serve as the envelope liners for my DIY stationery.  Isn't the peacock paper gorgeous?

When I got home I quickly assembled my custom stationery.  Peter went downstairs to get the mail and by the time he came back, voila! I was done!

Here's how:

1. Assemble your gear!  Choose a set of envelopes and cardstock in a size and color that feels just right.  Purchase a beautiful piece of high-quality paper to serve as your liner (or, if you're using recycled brown paper envelopes - newspaper would look great too!).  Grab a pencil, your scissors, a glue stick (or double sided tape - probably better - no air bubbles) and a template that matches your envelope from your Envelope Liner Template Kit.


2. Trace your envelope liner onto the back of your envelope liner paper.   The pencil marks will be easier to see and there will be no trace of them on the lining.  Cut out your liner.

3. Slide your liner into your envelope (if you are short on liner paper, you can create a liner that only goes 3/4 of the way down the envelope).  Create a strong fold in the liner (so the envelope shuts properly) by sliding your template into the crease of the envelope and folding sharply.  You can run the edge of a ruler (or your hand) across the top of the folded envelope to make sure you have a sharp crease.

4. Apply glue (or double sided tape) to the top of the liner and adhere the liner to the top of the envelope.  Apply pressure while the envelope is in the closed position to ensure that the fold is in exactly the right place.  Run your hand or a ruler over the closed envelope to ensure that there are no air bubbles.  You don't need to glue the bottom half of the liner because it will stay easily in place just by being tucked in.

Voila!  If you are a stationery nut like me you know that purchasing pre-lined envelopes is an expensive endeavor (a custom set of stationery with lined envelopes, albeit with letter pressed cardstock, will set you back $600).  You can make your own plain set with lined envelopes for roughly $20 (assuming you've purchased the lining kit).

If you make your own, tweet me a pic at @primandpretty!!