DIY Photo Envelope Liner Tutorial

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


I'm so excited to share the tutorial for the photo envelope liner. And, I'm thrilled to reveal that I am a new contributing writer over on the Birthday Girl blog. I've been a longtime follower of Becca's blog so it was such an honor to have her ask me join the team.  This tutorial was the first one that I shared on her blog and make sure to stay tuned for more party related tutorials. 

Here are the materials/steps to making your own custom photo envelope liners:

Supplies needed
-Pencil
-Double Sided Tape
-Scissors
-Ruler
-Envelopes (I always use the A7 envelopes from Paper Source)
-Cardstock
-Photo cropped and resized to be 6.5 inches wide x 6 inches tall and printed on white cardstock (can be cropped with free photo editing software such as Picasa. I use Photoshop.)

Directions

1. First, we need to create our envelope liner template. Place envelope on sheet of white cardstock.
2. Using a pencil, trace outline of envelope onto cardstock...
 
 
3. Now we need to trim down our template so that it can slide into the opening of the envelope, I measured in 3/8 of an inch from each side using a ruler and then cut out the liner.
4. Make sure that the template fits inside the envelope properly before we move onto the photo...

Note: If you want to skip these first 4 steps, Paper Source sells pre-made templates for all of the envelopes, available here.
 
 
5. Making sure to line up the edges, trace the template onto your printed photo...
 
 
 6. Cut out the photo liner.
7. Place the photo into your envelope and line up the top point just below the glue line of the envelope.
8. Hold the liner in place and fold the flap down to create a crease in the liner.
9. Apply two pieces of double sided tape to the back of the photo and press onto flap to secure the liner in place...
 
 
That's it! Once you get the template made, the process is pretty fast. Plus, your friends and family will love it so much, I promise the effort will be worth it. 

This same process can be used without a photo. I line my Christmas cards with wrapping paper from Paper Source every year. But beware, lining envelopes is slightly addicting.

Happy lining! XO

13 comments:

Danee said...

while the invite is beautiful… the envelope takes my breath away. The colors, the muted overall look, the rainbow booty cover, the balloons…. EYE CANDY. Pure eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

classic • casual • home said...

This is so brilliant!

Lissa said...

Such a great idea - great way to make an invite extra special. Thanks for sharing this!

Coley said...

How cool! This would be awesome to line wedding invitations with a picture of the couple!

Alana of Taylor Made Home said...

Okay, I found your blog a while back and then couldn't for the life of me remember it. Imagine how thrilled I was when Kirsten featured you today! Glad to have found you again and I made sure to subscribe to your feed this time. :) BTW, if you're on Pinterest, I wanna see your boards. I know you have to have a ton of amazing things on them. Can you share the link?

magdamagda said...

supercute! I'd love to try this!

classic • casual • home said...

I mention this post in a post I did today on customizing envelopes. Thanks!

Sweetly Sweet said...

Love it! Definitely using this in the future! Thanks!

Theresa said...

What a great idea, and your instructions are so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

Kassady said...

Absolutely love this idea and will definitely be doing this for my daughter's 1st birthday!

Morgan said...

I don't know that I'll be able to send an envelope witout doing this now - i'm almost as addicted to this idea as I am to pinterest! Thanks for inspiring my Valentines/Just Because I Love You envelopes!

http://thnxpinterest.com/2012/02/19/thanks-pinterest-hug-in-an-envelope/

Infarrantly Creative said...

First off you are AMAZING at party planning! WOW! Love the hot air party.... I love these envelopes...you could do this for so many different occasions. Thanks for a great tutorial! It will be up on my FB later today...

Anonymous said...

I love this idea and have been making them all day. My question is when people go to open the envelope, how do you keep from slicing the photo in half?