March 27, 2009

Make Your Own Stationary

Posted in Make tagged , , , , at 4:50 pm by onetinyacorn

My friends and I were discussing local places to buy statioary, when Sean asked, “Why not make your own stationary?” But of course! What has transpired has been a frenzy of cutting, pasting, and drawing, such that I’ll never need to rely on outside sources again. It’s an easy, quick little project that allows for lots of substitution.

skill level: beginner

time: roughly 15-20 minutes

materials: lame envelope and card, 1 piece of cardboard (something like a cereal box will work fine), paper to transform into your stationary (junk mail, catalog pages…I used an out-of-date atlas), X-acto knife, cutting mat or a large-ish old magazine that you don’t care about, ruler, pen, rubber cement or glue stick, scissors or butter knife, double-sided tape, adhesive labels.

For the envelope:

1. Make the template for your envelope by carefully prying apart the glued edges of your mass-produced envelope. Flatten. Place the envelope on top of your cardboard, which should be on top of your cutting mat or old magazine. Carefully trace around the envelope, and cut out your template from the cardboard.

2. On the cutting mat, place the paper that will be your new and improved envelope (outside of the envelope down). Lay the template on top of that, and either cut around it with the X-acto knife, or trace with pen and cut out with scissors.

3. Using the back of the blade on your scissors (or the non-cerated side of a knife) and a ruler as your guide, lightly score each side of your envelope to form flaps. See the red lines as a guideline:

Envelope Fold Lines

Fold along the scored lines.

4. Glue the bottom and side flaps together, using a glue stick. Or just tape them. See your old envelope for guidelines of where to glue.

5. Now, you can either place double-sided tape along the edges of the top flap, or make your own self-lick adhesive. I haven’t tried the self-lick stuff, so I’m not going to endorse it here.

6. Slap on those adhesive stickers where the address and return address go.

For the card:

1. Lay your lame card, open and flattened, on top of your exciting new stationary paper (I used cardstock–handmade paper would be lovely). Trace with pen and cut with scissors, or break out the X-acto again.

2. Score and fold.

3. I rubber cemented some details from my atlas onto the cardstock for a handsome accompaniment to the envelope.

Finished!

Presto!

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