July 2010

While I do enjoy many of Martha Stewart’s ideas, the reality is that most of us don’t have the time or patience to do many of her projects.  I must admit, this could be one of them.  But if you’re on a tight budget and want a high-end look, this is one of those projects that could just make a great first impression.  Remember, the wedding invitation is the only indication that your guests get as to your wedding style and formality.  Certainly, this idea can eliminate the inner envelope in less formal weddings and can contribute a bit of a green element to your wedding if you “recycle”  other papers for your liner.  Remember, not all 100 invitations need to be the same!  I’ve made some adjustments to Martha’s directions (what works for me) in italics below.

What you’ll need:
Decorative paper – this could be wrapping paper (cheaper than scrapbook paper), a photo collage of pictures of  yourselves printed on a home computer in black and white, or even old road maps (for a travel theme), or just your names repeatedly – let your imagination go wild. 
Bone folder – I don’t know what this is, and don’t intend to buy one.
Paper cutter
Cardstock or light cardboard to create a pattern
Scrap paper
Glue stick

How to Line an Envelope
1. To make an envelope liner, carefully unassemble one envelope. Yes, you can do this without the disassembly, but it makes it easier.  Measure the width of your envelope, and subtract 1/4 inch. For the length, measure from the bottom of envelope to tip of flap, just under the gummed strip.

2. Using your measurements, cut a pattern from cardstock or light cardboard to these dimensions.  Test it in another envelope. Transfer your pattern to the backside of your liner paper and mark out your liners to the best fit of your paper.  Then, using your paper cutter, (please don’t use scissors or you’ll lose the professional sharp edge,) start cutting your liners. Try just a few in case you need to make any slight adjustments.

3. With the envelope flap folded completely back, slip the envelope liner  into the envelope. Turn it over so that the back side of the liner is facing up. Using your scrap paper for excess glue, run the gluestick over the triangular portion of the liner  and just beyond where the flap crease.  You can try this with the liner outside of the envelope, but then it’s a little more difficult to manuever the fit without the sitcky flap portion sticking where it’s not supposed to.

4. Close down the outer flap over liner, and rub with fingertip to adhere glue to flap.


Sent to me by my friend Chuch Weirich.

Couple recycles 400,000 cans to pay for wedding

I had to share, but it got me thinking – what would you do to pay for YOUR wedding?