Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tutorial: DIY 4x6 Envelope for Mailing Photos

This year we saw Santa in November, had the photo taken, high-fived each other for being early, and did nothing with the picture.  So here we are with less than 3 days before Christmas with some photos and no envelopes.   After visiting Walmart and Staples on Friday, I was chagrined to find out that neither store sold 4 x 6 photo envelopes.  Grrr....

Yesterday, we had extremely icy roads due to freezing rain plus a very sick little boy.  So, I wasn't able to go out.   Here's a pic of the road outside.  The weight of the ice broke many pieces off of our Japanese Maple tree and completely changed the shape of our birch tree. 

So long story short, this post is all about making your own envelope to hold a 4x6 photo.

Thank goodness for the internet.  I found a printable PDF from minieco (size C6) and decided to make my own envelopes using stock card paper.  However, I didn't want to have to write out the labels so I decided to print them on the cardstock along with the envelope template. 

Minieco's website only allows you to print the pdf.  If you want to modify it, you'll have to do a bit of work.  First, download the template and save as a .tiff file.  Then open a word document and insert the .tiff file into the document.  Size it appropriately and print a sample to test it out.  Once you know it's good, insert a text box for both addresses.  I also included a little pic of a Christmas tree.  When it's perfect, type in your addresses and print away!

Note:  after I printed my cards, I realized I could've typed a message on the flap too.

Here's what it looked like once I printed it. 

Once the ink is dry, cut out your template.  Then score the lines using the back of your scissors to make it easier to fold the envelope.  Glue the flaps with a glue stick.   Insert the picture and glue or tape the envelope shut.

Then run to the mailbox as fast as you can in hopes that it'll get to family and friends in time.

This is not the DIY that I anticipated doing but it turned out well.  Sorry friends for being so tardy with our Christmas cards this year (and every year prior to this year and probably every year after).

How many more days til Christmas???

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  1. Thank you for this! I found an envelope but I want to alter it slightly. I am going to try this.

  2. This will work perfectly! I use Jamberry and they fit in 4X6 albums so this will be great when making my wedding jars! :) thank you soooo much!

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  5. WOW, you have done it so easily, and explanation is also simpler. I will certainly try it at home. Before, I used online printing services for the printed envelopes. They are also satisfying service provider, who use less time to deliver the product with perfect finishing.