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Lined Envelopes for classy stationary

Updated on May 14, 2014

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Lined envelope showing a Cardboard Template and various suitable Papers
Lined envelope showing a Cardboard Template and various suitable Papers
Glossy Paper suitable for a Wedding or anniversary
Glossy Paper suitable for a Wedding or anniversary
Classic Paisely Pattern for a more formal Invitation or Important Letter
Classic Paisely Pattern for a more formal Invitation or Important Letter
Handmade Card and lined envelopes
Handmade Card and lined envelopes

Lined Envelopes for that important Letter

Have you ever bought an expensive greeting card and wondered how they got the pretty lining into the envelope. Well wonder no more. You are about to find out how to do it yourself and elevate your correspondence to a higher plane! How many times have you written an important letter maybe a love letter, and you wished you could enhance it's impact. If you are a woman, a dab of perfume may do the trick, but still you would like to make more impact. How about a lovely lined envelope?

I have to thank a good friend for teaching me this simple trick and how to make my own greeting cards. The greeting cards will be the subject of another hub later. Just the pleasure of making the linings and the feeling of achievement (however humble!) makes the exercise worthwhile.

Here is a list of the items necessary to make the lining.

1) Non staining paper glue. I use student's white PVA glue.

2) Cardboard. An old breakfast cereal box is ideal or any cardboard of that thickness.

3) Sharp scissors (If children are working on this project it is best to cut out the Template from cardboard yourself and use children's scissors for the lining.)

4) Plastic foot rule or other suitable straight edge.

5) HB pencil or similar

4) Envelope to be lined (I usually buy a packet and line them all at once with different papers so that I have a stock for unexpected occasions.

5) Thin colored paper for the lining. Tissue paper to wrapping paper thickness works best.

Now for the fun part! Choose a suitable lining paper to match the card or writing paper you are using. Have fun with this as there are some beautiful and inspiring wrapping papers out there, or maybe you have scraps left over from wrapping a parcel, in which case you can line the gift card envelope with matching paper, even those tiny gift tag envelopes. If it is a love letter, now is the time to get out the desired perfume for an added touch of pizazz!

The template should be made to fit just inside the envelope and reach down until half an inch from the bottom and up the flap until just below the strip of glue. (See first picture). Using your straight edge, mark around the template to make a copy on your chosen paper. Cut out the lining and check to see if it fits. Adjust if necessary. Apply a thin layer of glue around the V shaped flap area. Place liner carefully inside the envelope and line up just below the glue strip. Using an old credit card or similar scrape along the glued edge to remove any wrinkles or bubbles. Allow to dry then fold and Voila! You have a beautiful lined envelope ready to enhance the pleasure of the recipient!

It has been a while since any of my friends have sent me a real paper letter with a stamp. It was such a delight to receive it. So much nicer than an email or Facebook message. Oh yes, the envelope was lined!

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad you do viveresperando. So easy but very effective!

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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      so love this!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi fr, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this little trick.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      That is sooo cool. Thanks!

      dori

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Cindy, it makes them special and it is so easy to do!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Cindy, it makes them special and it is so easy to do!

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      Cindy Letchworth 8 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      What a nice idea. I've never thought about lining an envelope, but now that I know how I might give it a go. Thanks for showing us how!

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      Cindy Letchworth 8 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      What a nice idea. I've never thought about lining an envelope, but now that I know how I might give it a go. Thanks for showing us how!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi brad41, Thanks for the comment. As you say, first impressions count. This is so easy to do. There are so many pretty papers to choose from too. I hope yu try it!

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      brad4l 8 years ago from USA

      Having nice stationary can really make a great first impression. That is a really neat and easy way to dress up your envelopes. I like how simple it is to do, yet it really adds a sophisticated look to it.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi R Burow, thanks for the kind comment. I am mulling over what to write as we speak. Hope you try the idea. It is quick, easy and satisfying

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      R Burow 8 years ago

      I like the idea of pretty envelopes. I will look forward to the hub you will write on stationary. Thanks.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Oh I do agree, I think the hoarder in me has kept every letter I've ever received!

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      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      I just love little pretty projects like this! Ah, the tactile feel of superb writing paper - only my grandmother appreciated it. She always thrilled whenever I discovered a new paper to write letters to her at age 98 as the other grandchildren never took the time. She enjoyed writing on the stash I purchased for her too. Somehow email just does not rise to the occasion... :) Thanks for the lovely write!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Totally agree,Kushal. Thanks for the comment

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      Kushal Poddar 8 years ago from Kolkata,India

      So many small things in life make it worthy.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I love pretty paper, Hawkesdream, have fun writing pretty letters on it!.

      SP That sounds like fun. Scrapbooking supplies are a great source of inspiration.

      Thanks for the comments.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I make some of my own envelopes, and doing it with scrapbook paper is fun.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      A really great tip, Gypsy. damn! now I will have to buy lots of pretty paper...lol

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks, Frieda. Hope you both have fun!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      My daughter is going to make a nice mess over here making these. She, like me, is a stationary buff. Love the video at the end too. Nice touch!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad you like it Teresa, it is so simple and it makes such a difference. Thanks for the kind comment.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Oh, I love stationery and envelopes and paper -- I don't know what it is about them that fascinates me: handmade Japanese paper, or a good cotton 20lb A4 or A5. Thanks for this clever idea!