DIY Photo Envelope Liner Tutorial

Now that you’ve seen our invitations, I want to show you how to make my favorite part: the envelope liners! This was by far the part of the invitation that we’ve gotten the most feedback on. It’s an unexpected touch, and everyone seems to think they’re really cool. It was a lot of work, but I’m so glad we did it.

The idea started when I saw this photo on Style Me Pretty from a New York City wedding.

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Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Christian Oth Studio / Stationery by Cheree Berry

It tied together my obsession with pretty paper and our Chicago theme. The first step was to find the right photo. Chicago has an amazing skyline, but it was hard to find a shot that was tall rather than wide. This is important because otherwise the triangle on top would a) cut off tops of the buildings on either end of the skyline, and b) show a lot of sky instead of skyline. Fortunately, a Google image search found me this photo taken from the Skydeck of the Sears Tower.

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Flickr account of shoffman11

It features the Hancock Building, Trump Tower, and my old work building. I cropped it to the correct size of the envelope, made it black and white, and adjusted the color levels and sharpness in iPhoto to enhance the lines of the buildings.

I printed off 90 copies on our home printer. I tried making copies at Kinkos, but the quality was best at home. Even though it’s a black-and-white image, printing them in color also made the image look better.

Then, I gathered my supplies:

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  • one of your envelopes
  • liners
  • scissors
  • pen
  • ruler
  • bone folder
  • tape runner

First, you need to make a template for your liner. To do this, you’ll need to sacrifice one envelope. Carefully tear the back flaps open…

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…and then cut off the side flaps. That’s your template!

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Next, place your template on top of whatever you’d like to use as your envelope liner and use the pen to trace around the edges of the template. It’s important to recruit your fiancé(e) to do this with you.

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I just want to note here that your envelope liner does not need to be as deep as the envelope. Ours was just long enough that it covered the exposed diamond (the flap and just underneath it).

The next step is to cut out your liner. Be sure to cut just inside the lines because a) the liner needs to be slightly smaller than the envelope to slide in easily, and b) you don’t want pen marks showing on your envelope.

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Next, use your tape runner along the bottom edge of the liner.

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Carefully slide the liner into the envelope and line it up.

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Press down to secure it in place.

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Take your ruler and line it up with the crease in the envelope. Then, run your bone folder across the edge of the ruler to make a crisp fold in your liner.

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Fold over your liner and use your tape runner along both edges of the triangle.

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Fold the flap down to stick the liner into place. And that’s it! Your finished product will look like this.

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You can use any kind of paper to line envelopes. I used a printed out photo, but you can use patterned scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, book pages, newspaper, magazine pages…anything!

It took a lot of time to do 90 envelopes, but I think it was completely worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and I hope this helps some of you do it too!

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Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:31 pm

    It is so cool!

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    petitfour 695 posts, Busy bee @ 4:33 pm

    That is literally the coolest thing I have ever seen!!!!!!

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    KatieD52413 99 posts, Worker bee @ 4:33 pm

    This is just awesome!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:11 pm

    These are so cute! Definitely worth the time and effort!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:11 pm

    I love this so much!!!

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 5:21 pm

    You and your finace did an amazing job!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:58 pm

    very helpful! I think I’d rather DIY a liner over paying for one!

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    Red Poppy 22 posts, Newbee @ 6:34 pm

    Fantastic tutorial. Thanks!

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    ebats 49 posts, Newbee @ 6:42 pm

    just spent the last hour saving flickr pictures of DC. thanks for the idea!

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    Erin, Guest @ 7:52 pm

    I lined envelopes as well, but I used square-flap A7 envelopes (these, from LCI: http://www.lcipaper.com/E7E.html). This meant the liners could be squares! I picked out cute 12″x12″ scrapbook paper, cut it into four 6″x6″ squares with a paper cutter, and ran a tape runner across the top. Took about 30 seconds a piece, and I had guests tell me they couldn’t bear to throw away the envelope, haha.

    I do love yours, the skyline photo was a great idea!

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    coyote 1624 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:59 pm

    These came out amazing T!! I love them!!

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    babybubblz 4 posts, Wannabee @ 8:25 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! They turned out beautiful!!

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    Vanessa, Guest @ 10:07 pm

    I LOVE DIY stationary ideas. This is great!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 4:41 am

    Love how these turned out!!

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    MissTRex 29 posts, Newbee @ 5:11 am

    What an adorable effective surprise! I’m definitely stashing this idea for my invites as well!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:21 am

    These are fantastic!

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:27 am

    Super cute!
    I used pearl swirly embossed paper to line mine and with white envelopes, you could see if it wasn’t lined all the way to the bottom.

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    Essa 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:45 am

    It looks beautiful! Awesome idea!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:38 am

    Worth every minute!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:37 am

    Totally saving this tutorial – thank you for taking the time to write it! I have ideas forming already. . .

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    Lauren, Guest @ 12:32 pm

    This is really really pretty! I love the tutorial. Is this an inner envelope? I ask because I assume most people open their envelopes along the crease at the top (i.e. with a letter opener), which would cut your photo right in half. This has always confused me about envelope liners. No one opens an envelope along the glue…

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    siegeli 150 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:59 pm

    very nice! I wanted to do this with a map since my theme was travel and places we had visited, but I ran out of time.

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    cowpoke06 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:59 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial :) My fiance is a photographer and I’ve been looking for more ways we can include that in our wedding. It would be great to use one of his scenic photos as a liner :)

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    Enrique Adame | Printing Company, Guest @ 9:29 am

    It’s awesome to see that you and your fiance took the time to make your own custom liners! Your tutorial is very well put together and the result is very nice, also congratulations to you and your beloved.

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    celesteandpearl.blogspot.com, Guest @ 8:20 pm

    What a great tutorial! We want to feature a link to your site on our blog because we love it so much! Thanks for the great inspiration!
    xx Liz and Lo {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

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    Nisha, Guest @ 10:32 am

    I am planning to create envelope liners for my wedding invites (with vintage map wrapping paper), and I am confused about one step. If you’re tracing the whole envelope, how do you end up with a neat 1/4 inch of the envelope glue still exposed along the flap? Did you just but inside the lines really carefully, or am I missing a step? Thanks for the tutorial!

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