April 28, 2009

Custom Envelopes

Did you know that you can create adorable (and inexpensive) custom envelopes for your business or for personal use? It's simple and all you need is Microsoft Word! These envelopes are easy to create, update and customize :)

In this example, we'll be making the Fleur-de-Lis envelope shown at the bottom of the picture you see above.

1. Open a new Word document.

We'll begin by changing some of the View settings to make editing easier and so that we are looking at the same thing.

2. Click "View" and select "Print Layout"

3. Click "View" again, select "Zoom" and in the pop up box select "Whole Page"

Your document should now look something like this:

Now it's time to set up the envelope. In this example, we'll be using a standard #10 - but you can use any envelope size that your printer can handle. You'll just have to modify the margins and placement of your images.

4. Click "File" and "Page Setup". A new box will pop open.

5. On the Margins tab fill in the following values:

Top: 0.5 Bottom: 0.5
Left: 1.13 Right: 1.0
Gutter: 0 Gutter Position: Left

Then select "Landscape" for the page orientation.

6. On the Paper tab select "Com10 Env." from the paper size menu list.

7. Click "Ok" when you are done.


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At this point, your document should look something like this:



8. Now type in the information for the Return Address section. Highlight your text and change the font to Book Antiqua and the font size to 10pt. In the example, I have also highlighted and changed the first line of text to Bold.
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9. Hit "Enter" (return) on your keyboard about 7 times to drop down to where the mailing address will be. Type in the mailing address, highlight it, and select "center". While everything is still highlighted, format the text to Bold and 12pt.




Now it's time to add some of the clip-art. For this example, I'm using the basic black Fleur-de-Lis from my shop. (It can be found here)

10. Click on "Insert", then select "Picture" and in the fly-out box select "From File". Find your image (from where you have it saved) and click "Insert". At this point, the image will skew your document a little bit, but don't worry as we're going to format it. It'll look something like this:





11. Double-click on the image and a new box will pop open where we can make formatting changes. On the Size tab change the Height to 1.13" and the Width to .73".






12. Then, click on the Layout tab and choose "In Front of Text" as the wrapping style. Now click on the "Advanced" button.





13. In the Advanced box, change the Horizontal Absolute Position to .25" to the right of Page and the Vertical Absolute Position to .13" below Page. Un-check the "Move Object with Text" box and click "Ok". Click "Ok" again to save your changes.


Your document should now look like this:

Now it's time to add the second Fleur-de-Lis....
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14. Click on the Fleur-de-Lis already in the document (just once to select it). Now on your keyboard click CTRL + C (that means the Control button and while you are holding it down, click the letter C button as well). This is a keyboard shortcut to Copy. You can also right-click on the image and select Copy if that makes you more comfortable.

15. Now click CTRL + V to Paste the image into the document. (Or, you can right-click onto the document and select Paste).
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You should now have 2 Fleur-de-Lis images in your document.
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16. Double click on the 2nd one and change the image as follows (you'll be repeating steps 11-13 but with different values).
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In the Size tab - change the Height to 2.88" and the Width to 1.85"
In the Picture tab - change the Brightness to 93% and the Contrast to 15%
In the Layout tab - select "Behind Text" as the wrapping style and then click the "Advanced" button
In the Advanced box - change the Horizontal Absolute Position to 2.75" to the right of Page and the Vertical Absolute Position to .75" below Page. Make sure the "Move Object with Text" box is still un-checked and then click "Ok" twice to save your changes.

Now, your document should look something like this:

The last thing we need to do is add two decorative lines above and below the return address.
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17. First we need to make sure that your drawing toolbar is available. Click on "View", then click "Toolbards" and scroll down and make sure "Drawing" is checked. If not, click it. Now it should be available.
18. From the drawing toolbar, click on the line (see image above). A box might pop into your document that says create drawing here - IGNORE IT. Scroll up to the top of your document and draw a simple line above your return address. Don't worry if it's in the wrong spot or the wrong size. We will format it next.
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19. Double-click on the line you just drew and make the following formatting changes:
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In the Colors and Lines tab - change the Weight to 1.5
In the Size tab - change the Height to 0 and Width to 2"
In the Layout tab - select "In Front of Text" for the wrapping style and click on the "Advanced" button
In the Advanced box - make sure the "Move Object with Text" box is un-checked. Then, change the absolute positions to the following: Horizontal - 1.13" to the right of Page, Vertical - .4" below Page. Click "Ok" twice to save your changes.
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20. Now, while the line is still selected, click CTRL + C and then CTRL + V to make a copy and paste it.
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21. Double-click on the newly created copy and make the following changes:
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In the layout tab - click on the "Advanced" button
In the Advanced tab - change the Horizontal absolute position to 1.13" to the right of Page and the Vertical position to 1.1" below Page.
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Congratulations, you're done!
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Your final document should look like this:

You can save this envelope and use it as a template. Each time you open it, just highlight the mailing address and type over it to customize.
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Enjoy :)
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Having trouble? If you have purchased the Fleur-de-Lis clip art from my shop, convo. me via Etsy to recieve a free copy of this Word template.