Saturday, January 16, 2010

Envelope Madness

I am so excited about my latest completed project! I use a cash budgeting system, but I have too many categories for the old coupon folder that I had been using, and it was getting worn. I really wanted the Dave Ramsey envelopes, because they could go in my day planner, but I just couldn't swallow spending about the same on shipping as the product. This would make the envelopes about $1 each. I didn't want to use the flimsy white envelopes that I had lying around, so I just did nothing. Meanwhile, my old faithful was getting more and more worn, and I hated the sight of it.

Well, today I finally got around to trying to make cash envelopes myself. After a fair amount of tracing and folding, Voila!

PRETTY envelopes!

Since I was using what I had laying around, (leftover scrapbook paper) they were almost free.

I think Dave would be proud.... and I KNOW my envelopes are prettier than his!

Since someone asked, here is the template.

You will need to print it full size, or adjust to fill a 8.5x11 paper sheet.
It takes 1 piece of pretty paper and a dab of glue, or a bit of tape. I used double sided tape, but you could glue the flaps down, or use regular tape. I used this template about 4 times, and the lines may be a little bit off, so just adjust the folds if you feel like it. (I originally tried for a crescent flap lock , but that was a mistake... it works much better without, so just ignore the funny half circle on the flap.) If you like, you could add a ledger on the back, front, or inside the envelope flap. The finished size is about 6.5 by 3.75 inches.


  1. Great idea, Lana! And yours ARE sooo much prettier than Dave's!

  2. Ooh! I want the template!
    Pretty, pretty please??
    *bambi eyes*

  3. Wow! Those are fabulous! I want to make some so I can put my coupons in my day planner and not have a separate "thingy" in my purse. How did you get them to fit your day-planner holes? Did you use a single hole punch? What size is your day-planner? I wonder if I'd have to adjust to fit're so great a being fashionable and frugal! Love it!

  4. Hi Amy!

    I did indeed use a single hole punch for the envelopes... but to make the alignment easier, I layered the envelope with a page out of my daytimer and traced a circle with pencil before punching.

    My day planner is an off brand planner from Fred Meyer, but the pages are 3-3/4" x 6-3/4", this is the same size as the Franklin Covey Personal, the Portable size Daytimer, and the Filofax personal size.

    FYI, I can't find an hole punch to do this small format without either paying too much, or only being able to punch a single page,

  5. For more day planner pretty, this site has some prettied up pages that
    you can print yourself...

  6. Great! Thanks for the tips. Once I can breathe again, I'll get on this one! :)