Friday, January 18, 2013
I've often drooled longingly over the photos and tutorials in Martha Stewart Living or on the online site. Some I can do (like the pipe cleaner ornaments -- they're fab!) and some are just a pipe dream. Actually, most are just a pipe dream. But this is one tip that is so very, very simple and it really does work -- create a template, which you can insert into envelopes so that your written addresses are perfectly straight. So easy and you probably have everything you need right around the house.
What you need:
3x5 index card
Sharpie or some other bold, but sharp, felt-tip marker (black is best, but any dark color will work)
Take a standard 3x5 index card and use a Sharpie and a ruler to follow 4 lines on the card:
Now stick it into your envelope, press down on the paper and you'll be able to follow the bolded lines when addressing envelopes:
This won't work for really thick envelopes, but it works for most of the cards you buy in a store and for most boxed Christmas cards. One tip: when you insert this card into an envelope, make sure it goes all the way to the bottom and into the right-hand corner. That way the straight lines you're following really are straight.
I didn't take any pictures of a finished envelope because I didn't want to kill any tree with a fake address. But try it yourself. If you're one of the millions of people who write on a slant, this will help. If you care about this sort of thing. I like it when my envelopes are nice and neat, so I find this to be a very helpful tip & one I use fairly often. I keep the address guide with my stamps, so it's always on hand.
I hope you find this useful. :-)