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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2015, 06:05:31 PM »
@Ellen:  When I have a longer line for the second line of the address, I reverse things. - I indent the first line about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.  Then, I move the second line to the left-hand side of the envelope.  I then indent the third line to exactly the same indention as line #1.  If there is a fourth line (like, "Unit C" or "Apartment 6109"), I move it to match the second line.  I hope that makes sense!  The staggered effect is usually esthetically pleasing to the eye. 

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2015, 06:06:44 PM »
Jean, you're changing the way I do envelopes, thank you!! :) Any tip that gets me out of having to erase anything is a keeper!

In a couple weeks I will post a video that shows a template/guard sheet that gives you a guide to follow and you won't need any pencil lines at all. You might like it.

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2015, 06:09:17 PM »
@Jean:  I can't wait!!

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2015, 06:50:43 PM »
I agree with the stamp thing--I thought I would be smart once and put the stamp on first to make room for it, but then I left out a South in the address.  :( So now if I'm afraid if my calligraphy will encroach on the stamps, I pencil out room for them!!

I build it into my envelope template - I insert it in my envelope, and when I see the guidelines through my lightpad, it's a good reminder to leave room for a stamp.  :)

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2015, 08:09:14 PM »
Jean, you're changing the way I do envelopes, thank you!! :) Any tip that gets me out of having to erase anything is a keeper!

In a couple weeks I will post a video that shows a template/guard sheet that gives you a guide to follow and you won't need any pencil lines at all. You might like it.

I would love to see this!

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2015, 01:16:19 PM »
Jean, a template sheet sounds great! Can't wait!!

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2015, 03:39:36 PM »
In college I worked at a frame shop, so we used "framers corners" to hold artwork/photographs in place behind a mat before framing.

I adapted my envelope sheets for my light box with guidelines that I design, print off and add the two framers corners at the bottom. I just slide in envelope and I can see the guidelines through the envelope with the back light. Plus, the paper at the bottom helps my hand not stick to the light box surface so I can glide and flourish without problems. I print on using card stock, so it's a cushion for my lettering.

You can find the "framers corners" at art stores, in the DIY framing section.

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2015, 05:21:30 PM »
What a great idea, Amy!!!
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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2015, 08:11:42 PM »
Jean, you're changing the way I do envelopes, thank you!! :) Any tip that gets me out of having to erase anything is a keeper!

In a couple weeks I will post a video that shows a template/guard sheet that gives you a guide to follow and you won't need any pencil lines at all. You might like it.

Jean, this would be awesome, and generous!  Can't wait!  (Didn't miss it, did I?)

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2015, 08:56:35 PM »
Love those framers corners.
I do prefer to slip in a heavy guideline sheet so that the bumps of the envelope do not cause problems.

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2015, 08:07:56 AM »
Do all you seasoned envelope addressers make your own guidelines for slipping inside the envelope, or are you using purchased versions like those sold at John Neal? I just saw there is a set of 6 guidelines for only $4.95 on the website and am wondering if that is a good purchase or if it's just way to easy to make your own? Great thread and ideas here, by the way. Thank you all!
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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2015, 08:31:32 AM »
Amy, that is ingenious! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2015, 11:07:54 AM »
Do all you seasoned envelope addressers make your own guidelines for slipping inside the envelope, or are you using purchased versions like those sold at John Neal? I just saw there is a set of 6 guidelines for only $4.95 on the website and am wondering if that is a good purchase or if it's just way to easy to make your own? Great thread and ideas here, by the way. Thank you all!

I make my own in Photoshop, or I use this calligraphy guideline generator http://shipbrook.net/guidelines/

Sometimes I get square envelopes, or larger envelopes, so I make them bigger, or smaller for return address, or RSVP.

But I am sure if you google "copperplate guidelines" you will get a few images.

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2015, 12:07:46 PM »
Do all you seasoned envelope addressers make your own guidelines for slipping inside the envelope, or are you using purchased versions like those sold at John Neal? I just saw there is a set of 6 guidelines for only $4.95 on the website and am wondering if that is a good purchase or if it's just way to easy to make your own? Great thread and ideas here, by the way. Thank you all!

I have gotten to the point where I make inserts for each job. And here is why - I have gotten so many clients who have forgotten someone and a week later they need one or two more. I have a hard time remembering the specifics for a layout without my insert. BTW - I also keep a sample of an envelope in their client file with any helpful info to myself, like what nib and ink I used. I make my own for each job based on the envelope size, lettering style and their list. I have several masters that I enlarge or reduce based on layout. Any short cuts you can come up with will help!

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Re: Addressing Envelopes Best Practices
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2015, 11:05:11 PM »
I also saw this template online: http://www.thelettermate.com/

But I don't know if I would feel too confined while using it. Maybe it would be good for easy lines..

I have a lettermate! It's a bit tedious having to erase all the lines, but i currently don't have a light pad. i normally trace the boxes on my envelope and just use it as a guide, not necessarily keeping my letters confined to the height of the box.