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Friday, January 18, 2013

It's really is a good thing

Happy New Year! I've been a very bad blogger and I'm resolving to post more in 2013. So you will see more of things I'm working on or thinking about. I'm also hoping to post some things that I find helpful in every day life. This is one of those tips.

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)

That's it!

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.  :-)

Happy crafting!

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