Make your own stationery

Making your own stationery is a fun and satisfying activity.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create notepaper and two types of cards (single-sided and folded) and how to make your own envelopes.

What’s great is that all the resources you need are contained in this Dropbox link.

In addition, I’ve given two styles of clip art so that you can choose what appeals to you; or you can make a set of each!

The one style is blush and grey roses and the other is powder blue florals.

The resource file contains quite a lot of material, so I’m going to itemize what’s included in the link:

Notepaper

  • Notepaper with a floral spray embellishment (no text), prepared for printing on (1) A4 paper and (2) US letter size paper.

The above is given in both the blush roses and the powder blue florals.

It’s also given in both JPEG and PDF file formats so that you can choose the file type that works best for you and your printer.

  • Notepaper (as described above) in a Photoshop file that has text layers that you can edit in order to change the address given in the example, and make it your own address.

Cards

  • A single-sided card measuring 4.5 X 6.25 inches with a floral spray embellishment, prepared for printing on (1) A4 paper and (2) US letter size paper. There are 2 cards per page with clearly marked cutting lines.
  • A folded card measuring 4.5 X 6.25 inches (after folding) with a floral embellishment, prepared for printing on (1) A4 paper and (2) US letter size paper. This template is marked with cutting lines and fold lines.

All of the above are given in both the blush roses and the powder blue florals.

They are also given in both JPEG and PDF file formats so that you can choose the file type that works best for you.

Envelope

  • An envelope template with a floral spray embellishment meant for the OUTSIDE of the envelope; prepared for printing on (1) A4 paper and (2) US letter size paper.

The above is given in both the blush roses and the powder blue florals.

It’s also given in both JPEG and PDF file formats so that you can choose the file type that works best for you.

  • An envelope template meant for the INSIDE of the envelope; prepared for printing on (1) A4 paper and (2) US letter size paper. This template is marked with cutting lines and fold lines.

The envelope template it taken from www.neenahpaper.com. You can download all sorts of envelope templates here: https://www.neenahpaper.com/resources/design-resources/dielines-and-templates/envelope-dielines

Clip art

I’ve also included the separate clip art items that I used in the designs, so that you can make your own items to add to the stationery collection, such as journal covers, notebook covers, gift tags, and the like.

Preparing the notepaper

The notepaper is straightforward: Print out on the paper size that suits your printer. The notepaper (and all the stationery items) is prepared for both A4 paper and US Letter Size paper.

Use the notepaper for thank you notes, condolence messages, invitations etc.

Pair it with a matching envelope (below).

You can even copy and paste the notepaper into a MS Word document, so that you can add your own address, and type your message.

If you have access to Photoshop, there’s a Photoshop file that contains the notepaper plus 2 text layers containing the address. Edit the text layers to change the address to you own.

Preparing the cards

The cards work best if you use a good quality card stock when printing. This tutorial presents 2 types of cards: a single card and a folded card. There are templates in the resource file for both types. Both types fit the envelope described below.

The single card has a spray embellishment on the front. You can add a title on this side (such as “Happy Birthday”), and a personal message on the back.

There are two single cards per page prepared for printing with either A4 or US Letter Size paper.

Again, you can copy and paste the card into a MS Word document and type the title before printing. Or use any other design layout program that you are familiar with (such as Canva).

Cut out the two cards. Ensure that you cut carefully just on the inside of the cutting line so that the line doesn’t show on the finished card. The cutting works best if you use a guillotine or a craft knife and cutting pad.

The folded card has a floral embellishment on the front side of the card. Again you can add a title on this side and use the inside of the card for your message. The template has clear cutting lines and fold lines. Ensure that the cutting lines do not show on the finished card.

Preparing the envelope

The envelopes require paper that is somewhat thicker than ordinary printing paper. The envelope is a bit flimsy if it’s made with ordinary printing paper.

It’s easy to prepare: In the resource folder, there is a template for the OUTSIDE of the envelope, to be printed on either A4 or US Letter Size paper. The floral spray on the outside of the envelope has already been correctly positioned in this template. Print this page.

Re-insert this paper to print the INSIDE of the envelope. The template for the inside has cutting lines and fold lines. Cut out the envelope template, and then proceed as follows (have a look at the 2 short video clips):

  • Fold the two narrow tabs inward along the dotted line.
  • Fold the bottom tab (the largest tab) inward on the dotted line. Open it up.
  • Put a strip of glue on the left and on the right side of the large tab, on the edge. Glue the large tab to the narrow tabs.
  • Fold the top tab downwards on the dotted line. Your envelope is complete.

 

You now have a beautiful, handcrafted set of personalized stationery.

Using it is sure to impress!

 

Make your own stationery
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