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DIY Souvenir: Make Your Own Travel Photo Envelope

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DIY Souvenir: Make Your Own Travel Photo Envelope by Wanderlust Designer

DIY Souvenir: Make Your Own Travel Photo Envelope by Wanderlust Designer

Here’s the first post in a new series on my blog called DIY Souvenir. I’ll be sharing loads of ideas on what to do with your travel photos and other memorabilia once home. So fire up your photo albums online, and let’s start creating!

Prickly spines from a cactus on your desert visit, shells from the beach where you spent a week, graffiti from the alleys of your urban adventure– these photos and others like it make great imagery for an envelope. Think of how excited your friend or family members will be to receives the letter– definitely one that won’t be lost in their mailbox! Here are detailed instructions how to make your travel photos into envelopes.

How to Make a Travel Photo Envelope by Wanderlust Designer

How to Make a Travel Photo Envelope by Wanderlust Designer

1. Select the envelope template/images below (under Free Printable Envelope Template) and print out the appropriate size template for your card. Print the template out on regular white paper, or a light card stock to give the envelope some weight. (Note: A7 size envelope is for a 5″x7″ card, the smaller envelope template is for a 4″x6″ card, or photo.)

2. In iPhoto, select the photo you’d like to use, and select “Print.” In the printer dialog box, select your paper size to be US Letter, and select “Standard”, so the photo prints on the whole 8.5″x11″ sheet. * Now, feed the envelope template paper that you previously printed back through your printer, to print the photo on it. (Note: For A7 envelope, be sure to select “bleed” or print to edges if possible to get the most pattern on the paper.)

3. Cut out the photo/envelope template along the black line.

4. Fold flaps on all sides.

5. Once our envelope is folded, use a little glue or glue stick on the edge flaps and seal sides. Let dry before stuffing with letter. (If the photo uses darker colors, just put a white address label on the front to write your recipients mailing information. In need of an address label? There are loads of free printable labels online– for example, here’s a great free printable vintage style mailing label)

* If you do not use iPhoto, just print out your photo from your favorite image editing program. Be sure to size the photo to 8.5″x11″ so it prints on the full page.

Artsy Photo Envelope

Photos of textures definitely work best with this project, since depending on how the envelope is folded (bottom flap vs. top vs. front), the pattern will remain constant– but that doesn’t mean you should rule out landmark photos or other great travel pics. Here’s an example envelope using a picture of gargoyles from the top of a building- definitely an eye catching envelope!

Artsy DIY Travel Photo Envelope by Wanderlust Designer

Artsy DIY Travel Photo Envelope by Wanderlust Designer

On your next trip, start thinking of compositions that will work well for an envelope. For instance, focus on the subject matter on the left hand side of the frame, and blur the right side to leave plenty of room for the mailing label.

Free Printable Envelope Template

Below are the two envelope templates used in this project. One fits a 4″x6″ card, and the second fits an A7 (5″x7″) card. These both can be printed on 8.5″x11″ paper.

Free Printable 4″x6″ Envelope Template

Free Printable 4

Free Printable 4″x6″ Envelope Template by Wanderlust Designer

Free Printable 5″x7″ (A7) Envelope Template

Free Printable 5

Free Printable 5″x7″ Envelope Template by Wanderlust Designer

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