Reported by Linda Neff
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If you’re looking for an easy way to create envelopes in lots of sizes, you’ll want to try the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board like I did recently.
I had heard a lot about it and was anxious to give it a try, so I was excited to receive it recently for review. I usually purchase envelopes to fit the few cards I make and so I tend to stick to the most common card sizes.
I did a little research online – the manufacturer’s Web site and YouTube how-to videos before opening the package.
The Envelope Punch Board is pretty compact, which makes it easy to store or tote with you to a crop or card party. Directions on how to use it are basic and very easy to follow: punch, score, rotate and fold.
I really like that the directions are imprinted right onto the board itself so I don’t need to find any paperwork when I pull the board out to use it. The card sizes, paper sizes and score line information is imprinted directly on the board as well, which is really nice.
Everything you need to make an envelope (except the paper and glue, of course!) is on the Envelope Punch Board – right down to the score tool which tucks nicely into a slot on the side.
I was able to make an envelope on my first try with this board, which gave me a great feeling of accomplishment!
My first attempt was to make a standard sized A2 card envelope. I did notice the A2 markings on the board are actually listed as 4 ½ X 5 ½ inches rather than the standard 4 ¼ X 5 ½ inches. I have heard that was because the manufacturer set the board’s measurements in ½ inch increments rather than ¼ inch increments. This makes the envelope slightly larger (4 ¾ X 5 5/8 inches) than the standard (4 ½ X 5 5/8 inches) A2 size, but I’m OK with that.
I followed directions by cutting my paper size 8 1/8 inches by 8 1/8 inches. It’s very important to be precise in cutting, measuring and scoring to create the correct size envelope. The board makes it easy to be precise. The measurements are well marked and the scoring groove is deep enough to give a nice crisp score line when working with the scoring tool.
After cutting the paper, the directions tell me where to line my edge up before punching and scoring. Only the first edge needs to be measured; after that it is as simple as punch, score, rotate and fold. There is a built-in Reverse Punch (corner rounder) on the outer edge of the board which serves double duty. How often have you looked for your corner rounder and not been able to find it? This one is built right in so after punching and scoring you can round the four corners of the envelope to present a professional appearance.
When closing the envelope you are left with the center flap, which is a rounded corner. I didn’t like it intruding into the center, so scored where it meets the side flaps and tucked it under.
I tell you, there’s nothing like a job well done to encourage you to forge ahead and try more. And that’s just what I did.
I created envelopes in common sizes that I tend to use: A7 (5 ½ X 7), A2 (4 ¼ X 5 ½), and Gift Card (2 X 3 ½); it took me no time at all. Information on the board tells me that the final envelopes will have an approximate 1/8 inch margin on all sides and of these three, the A7 and Gift Card did. The A2 had about a 3/8 inch margin in depth (due to the 1/4 inch difference), but this allows extra space for bulky cards or embellishments, so the extra margin can be a good thing.
It can be a bit tricky when scoring a larger paper that hangs off the board. To get an accurate envelope you need an accurate score. I dealt with this by simply sliding the paper up after scoring the first 6 or so inches. I could feel the score groove through the paper so was able to line it up and finish the scoring accurately. I recommend handling it this way for better accuracy rather than trying to run it off the board.
I like to use envelopes to create mini books and by using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board I can envision creating them in so many different sizes, and so very easily.
It’s also very useful when you want to create coordinating envelopes for your cards or invites. Envelope sizes range from 2 X 3 1/2 to 6 X 8 1/2 – a total of 66 sizes in all.
- Easy to use.
- Directions are imprinted directly on the board.
- Tools are attached and/or stored on the board.
- Affordable price.
- Tricky to score larger papers.
- Some envelopes are slightly large due to measuring marks being spaced at a half inch.