My love of paper, stationary, and books started at a young age. Reading was always second nature to me and playing with paper, stickers, and stationary soon followed. Collections grew and interests expanded into all corners of the papercrafting world. Within the last few years, journal-making and journaling quietly settled as a constant presence in my life. Nurtured by knowledge and experimentation, my style and approach has evolved naturally, progressing and aligning with what feels like my true self.
Recently, my focus has shifted to letters, envelopes, and the lost art of letter writing. I’ve spent a lot of time designing vintage envelopes and stationary, trimming them, and using them in my journals and projects.
While working in my journal a few days ago, a distant memory sharply surfaced. I remembered being a little girl at my kitchen table and my mom giving me a lined template to use under my stationary to keep my lines straight as I wrote. I distinctly recall marveling at such an invention and using it every time I sat down to write a letter. I mentioned the memory to my mom and she remembered too and like most who value the art of the letter, spoke fondly of it and immediately had her own memories of letter writing to my dad while stationed with the US Army during the Vietnam war. After I hung up with her, I knew I still had the template somewhere. I would never throw such a treasure away.
I immediately went upstairs and pulled my childhood stationary box from the very back of a drawer filled with envelopes and notecards. I opened it up and lo and behold: there it was. It was slightly different than my memory, smaller and more fragile. Knowing how much use I could get out of a more modern version of my beloved grid template, I immediately sat down to create one.
In the end, I created two versions: one that is 8.5 x 11 and one that is 5.5 x 8.5. I only incorporated lines as I didn’t really see a need for the grid version. The bigger size is perfect for my garden journal and the smaller size is ideal for more dainty stationary.
Inspired by my free envelope template, I recently designed printable stationary and envelope sets using vintage illustrations and listed them in my Etsy store. Needless to say, I want to use them all of the time. (As an aside, I am seriously thinking about starting a penpal group. This is a very new idea on my part, but would this interest anyone? If so, please do leave a comment below.)
I decided to share the joy my mom kindly shared with me all of those years ago and offer the templates as free printables. I printed them on heavy cardstock so they would withstand use. I hope you enjoy using them.
To download, simply click the button below, right-click on the image, and select the Save-As option to download to your computer.
I also filmed a YouTube video using the template while writing a letter, if you’d like to see how it’s used with stationary.
Till next time,