The Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers makes is quick and simple to make your own envelopes. Making greeting cards is second nature to most scrapbookers. You can use all the same supplies that you use for scrapbooking and save money while making a hand-made greeting. Making your own envelopes using free templates requires you to resize the template to fit your card and it tends to be time consuming. Using the Envelope Punch Board, you can literally make an envelope in under a minute that is perfectly sized for your card or letter. In this new Cool Tools for Scrapbooking article, I show you in easy step by step directions how to create an envelope using this new tool from We R Memory Keepers. Remember that you can click on any photo below to see it larger and in more detail.
The Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers is nearly an all-inclusive tool for making envelopes. The design incorporates a double sided punch, a scoring board, and a scoring tool. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $19.99 US. This is definitely a tool that every card maker will want to have on hand.
Inside the Packaging
Included with the Envelope Punch Board are a scoring tool, a step by step directions sheet with a metric measurement chart on the back, a metric chart sticker, and the punch board. The board has a slot in side for storing the scoring tool so that it always stays with the set.
Making an Envelope - Step 1 Finding the Right Size
The first step when making an envelope with this tool is to determine what size your card is and find out what size paper you will need for the envelope. I love that no matter what size cards I have made, I can find directions for an envelope that will fit them. The smallest size card on the chart is a 2 inch by 3 1/2 inch gift card (which requires a 5 x 5 inch piece of paper to make the envelope). The largest on the chart is a 6 inch by 8 1/2 inch greeting card (which requires an 11 1/2 inch square piece of paper to make the envelope). My card, when I measured it, turned out to be 4 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
Step 2 - Trimming the Paper to Size
The chart printed on the Envelope Punch Board told me that to make an envelope for my card I would need a square piece of paper that measured 8 7/8 inches by 8 7/8 inches. I used my paper trimmer to cut a 12 x 12 piece of solid cardstock down to this size.
Step 3 - Aligning the Paper on the Board
The chart also shows you to position of the first scoring line on the Punch Board. For the size envelope that I was making the chart says that the scoring line is 3 3/4 inches. The scoring line measurements run across the top of the Punch Board along the left hand side. The left side of the paper gets lined up with the measurement indicated by the chart.
Steps 4 to 7 - Punch, Score, Rotate, Repeat
Next I simply pressed the teal-colored punch and used the scoring tool to follow the scoring line on the board. The punch makes a notch at each corner of the envelope paper and the scoring lines create the perfect fold lines for the finished envelope. After punching and scoring one side, the directions indicate that you should rotate the paper counter-clockwise (to the left) and repeat the punch and score steps. Do this until all four sides of the paper have been punched and scored.
Step 8 - Round the Corners
As an added touch, the opposite side of the notch punch has a corner rounder in it. You can place each corner of the envelope paper into the punch one at a time and round the corners to give your finished envelope a professional look.
Step 9 - Folding the Sides
The completed punched, scored, and rounded paper should look like the one shown here. It is now ready to be folded. Choose three sides to fold in towards the center. You can use the scoring tool as a bone folder to get nice sharp creases. The envelope folds easily since you have already scored each fold.
Step 10 - Add Adhesive
Complete the envelope by adding your choice of adhesive to two of the folded sides. You can use a glue stick, double-sided tape, or a tape runner (E-Z Runner by 3L shown here). After you place your greeting card in the envelope you will need more adhesive to close the envelope for mailing.
The Finished Envelope
By following the directions on the Envelope Punch Board, I created the perfect sized envelope for my card in under a minute. The completed envelope is designed to leave 1/8 inch of space around the card so that it will slide in and out easily.
Once I discovered how quick and easy it was to make envelopes with this tool, I wanted to play around with some different types of paper. Shown here are envelopes made with patterned cardstock and also an ad from a magazine (thank you DoodleBug Design, Inc.). Other ideas would be to make envelopes from wrapping paper, newspaper, or old book pages.