Today I’d like to share the different ways I make my envelope liners. Before you try out the different ways, make sure you have the following with you:
- Paper for your envelope liners (you can use patterned / designer paper or plain paper)
- Glue: A glue stick / double sided tape / liquid glue (my favourite is Helmar high tac 450 or fabric glue) / adhesive runner tape
- Guillotine or scissors
You can watch this video or read about the 3 different methods below.
METHOD 1 – Trace the flap of the envelope
- Step 1 – Mark each side of the envelope, about 5-7mm from the edge. Make sure that you keep it even. If you decide on 5mm, it should be 5mm on each side. If it’s 7mm, then make sure it’s 7mm on each side.
- Step 2 – Trace the top of the flap between the two places you have marked.
- Step 3 -Bring the edge of the envelope up to the start of the drawn line, and keep tracing downward. Then repeat on the other side.
- Step 4 – Connect the bottom two points with a ruler.
- Step 5 – Cut out the shape! You can repeat these steps on every sheet of paper you are going to use as an envelope liner, OR you can keep this shape as the main template to quickly trace around on subsequent sheets of paper.
METHOD 2 – Make a template out of an existing envelope
- Step 1 – Same as option 1, mark each side of the envelope, about 5-7mm from the edge. Make sure that you keep it even. If you decide on 5mm, it should be 5mm on each side. If it’s 7mm, then make sure it’s 7mm on each side.
- Step 2 – Trim / Cut the actual envelope at the two places you have marked.
- Step 3 – Trim the bottom of the envelope.
- Step 4 – Use this shape as the main template to quickly trace around on subsequent sheets of paper. Cut or guillotine the shape and then insert into your envelope!
METHOD 3 (MY FAVOURITE OPTION) – Trace the envelope shape in a vector based program
- Step 1 – Open up an envelope and scan it as a JPEG image.
- Step 2 – Open the scanned image with your favourite vector-based editing software. My favourites are Adobe inDesign or Adobe Illustrator.
- Step 3 – In a NEW LAYER, using the Pen Tool (P), trace the outline of the envelope shape. If your envelope has a curved outline, I highly recommend watching this tutorial if you don’t know how to trace with Adobe Illustrator or inDesign:
- Step 4 – Using the Selection Tool (V), scale the outline down to the size you want.
- Step 5 – Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the two bottom points of the outline and drag them back down to the bottom of the envelope.
- Step 6 – Hide or delete the original scanned layer. You can now use this outline to print on whatever printer-compatible paper you like. Once the paper is printed, you can guillotine or trim it with scissors.
If you have any suggestions or feedback about these methods, please let me know!
Otherwise, you can download pre-made iFlap envelope liner templates here (look for the royal blue circles toward the bottom of the page):