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Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Recently I took part in the first inaugural Chicago Craft Social hosted by Amanda Edwards, Megan Hall, Megan Heep, and Jessica Jones.

In addition to meeting tons of super cool crafty Chicago ladies, I made these fun retro Paris notecards out of old time-y black-and-white France vacation photos. Table leader Lisa Haskin of Faux Transformations said that her sister-in-law had inherited stacks of old photo albums stashed in a neglected corner of her new home’s attic.

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

My guess is that the photos are probably from the 1950s. Check out Notre Dame on the left. When I visited Paris, the front area was a landscaped pedestrian walkway but here it looks like people used to be able to drive right up to it.

Lisa also was generous enough to provide her envelope template to create matching A2 size envelopes from lime green pieces of paper. Not only nifty and economical but also nicely coordinated!

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

I like these photo notecards so much that I scanned in all the original Paris vacation photographs so you can make your own retro Paris notecards.

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Supplies:

Make your cards
Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Print my free 1950s-ish Paris vacation photos template ideally on glossy photo paper to mimic the “photo” look, or on heavy white paper. I included two photos per template of Notre Dame because it’s just such a great shot. Cut them out using your Xacto knife, metal ruler and self-healing mat.

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Next, cut squares of colored paper about 1/8″ larger than each photo. Please note that I kept the photos the same sizes as the originals, so the close-up Eiffel Tower photos are slightly larger than the other two.

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Affix one photo onto one colored square using rubber cement or a glue stick; then glue in the center of your light gray folded notecard.

Make your envelopes

Print out Lisa’s free A2 size envelope template and cut out (note: if you’d like, you can trace it onto cardboard or posterboard for a more sturdy template). Place your cut-out template onto a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ colored paper. Lightly trace around the template and put it to the side.

Cut out just inside your pencil markings using either an Xacto knife, ruler and self-healing mat or scissors.

(Tip: If you’re pretty good with an Xacto knife, you can cut out a stack of envelopes at one time. Simply stack 5 sheets of paper, use your knife/ruler/mat and to slice through all five layers).

Fold the two sides in. Fold the bottom up. Use rubber cement or glue stick to affix the bottom to the sides.

Merriment :: Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Fold the top flap down. Here’s a cool trick from Lisa: Spread a line of remoistenable envelope glue on the bottom edge of the top flap. Once it dries, you can lick it to close. Très cool, no?

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Shanna

Monday 19th of October 2009

Thank you for the template. I'm using it to save money on a craft project that our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group is doing in November. These envelopes will be much prettier than anything we could have afforded otherwise!!!

Heather

Wednesday 7th of October 2009

Oh! Oh! Oh! I LOVE these. Sharp design.

Rachel

Thursday 1st of October 2009

Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks SO much, I'll be linking.

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