My latest compulsive activity is lining envelopes, and I've discovered a few shortcuts that I wanted to share.
I use mostly Memory Box envelopes, and Memory Box offers a clear, sturdy template that I've altered a bit to gain speed and save paper when creating the lining.
To alter the Memory Box envelope liner template, simply insert it completely into a Memory Box envelope - the bottom of the template will fit snugly against the inside bottom of the envelope.
Using a ruler, draw a line over the envelope fold - where the flap meets the envelope - and use a black Sharpie marker. Punch two small holes along the Sharpie line (I used a Cropadile but an anywhere hole punch or other hole punch will work too).
To create a lining, and to conserve paper, line up the template only to the bottom of the word 'box' on the reverse of the desired lining paper- see photo above. You don't need to use the entire lining template unless you want to. Using a pencil, trace template on the back of the desired patterned paper.
Don't forget to mark the two punched holes in the template. Cut out the lining. I cut two envelope liners out in the photo above.
Using a paper cutter, slice the lining along the marked holes. Apply adhesive to this side (with the pencil marks) so the pencil marks are concealed.
It is easier to apply adhesive to the lining, versus the envelope.
Adhere the lining to the flap, and the inside envelope front.
I have found the envelope closes easier with the gap present over the envelope flap fold... it is easier to adhere these two smaller lining pieces to the envelope versus one large liner, and it is easier for the recipient to slit the envelope open this way, too.
ingredients: Memory Box template and all Memory Box products include decorative papers, cardstocks, stamps and more: Ellen Hutson