Wednesday, July 7, 2010

PRODUCT REVIEW - CRAFTERS COMPANION ENVELOPER

Hi Everyone,

I found a  great review on the Enveloper made by Crafters Companion which I thought you may be interested in reading. These are a very handy tool for making your own envelopes, especially with all the Christmas cards we will need to be making over the coming months.

UPDATE - The Enveloper demonstrated in this review is the USA Version  (Imperial)  but both boards (Imperial & UK Metric) function in the same way.

(Extract of the review courtesy of Craft Critique)

"How many times have you created THE most adorable card, only to discover that you don't have any envelopes that will accommodate the beautiful, bulky bits that make it so fabulous?

Unfortunately, that happens to me all the time. In the past, I would just hand deliver the card or tuck it in the gift bag sans envelope. All the while, I was wishing that I had the time and patience to create the perfect 3-dimensional envelope to encase my card and lend it that additional touch of elegance.

Let me introduce you to my new friend, The Enveloper by Crafter's Companion.


According to the manufacturer:
"The Enveloper Pro has the capability to make nine different shape and size envelopes and comes with its own double ended scoring and embossing tool and a full colour four page booklet detailing how to make the various size envelopes and tricks of the trade such as achieving a professional finish by lining the envelopes."
This unassuming piece of plastic was SO much fun to play with, once I got the hang of it. It makes flat envelopes and dimensional envelopes to fit my bulky cards.


I'm embarrassed to say that it did take me a while to figure out the envelope sizing chart included in the pamphlet that arrived with my Enveloper. I had a 3"x5" card, and I needed an envelope to match. However, (and, it does take guts to admit this) I could NOT for the life of me figure out which envelope size would work! I mean, what does "1/2 US Letter Paper" mean? Does that mean that my finished envelope will be 8.5"x5.5", or will it mean it will be 11"x4.25"?? And, what in the world is a "1/2 depth tri-fold"? I promise I am not a math dummy, but I simply couldn't wrap my brain around those measurements without having to take out a sheet of 8.5"x11" paper, folding it in half and then tri-folding it. Huh?


So, I decided to just make a "short slimline (5 1/2" x 3")" envelope, even though I didn't know for sure that my card would fit inside.

I cut my cardstock to the size indicated on the chart (7" square), then followed the directions to create an "envelo-box."

First, I scored the lines:


Then I clipped the corners:



And adhered the edges of the envelope:



I folded the additional paper to the inside of the envelo-box and tucked my card inside. My card FIT!! Wahooo!


The finished envelo-box measurements were 5.75"x3.25", even though the chart said "short slimline (5 1/2" x 3")". This, of course, leads me to believe that the size indicated on the chart is the size of the CARD, rather than the envelope. Hmm. Good to know.

Check out the profile of the envelo-box:


Too cute!!

Okay, you know what gets me? Crafter's Companion has a chart on their website that includes over 100 custom envelope sizes. I didn't find this out until AFTER I made this little beauty. I could have avoided all of the frustration if I had known to look on the website. D'oh!

There is even an awesome video to show you how to use The Enveloper!!

A few days after I made my first little envelo-box, my son was wrapping a present for a friend and couldn't fit the packs of gum inside his envelope. Taa-daa! I became the hero, because I had The Enveloper!! I quickly (super quickly!!) whipped up a 6"x6" envelo-box, which held the gum perfectly!

I'm so excited about the possibilities of The Enveloper. I have a feeling that it is going to have a prime location on my craft table.

Pros:
  • The pictorial instructions are very easy to understand (once you can figure out which size you need! LOL!).
  • ENDLESS possibilities. I am super excited about the chart that I downloaded from the website. I think I will have to laminate it! I have no doubt that I will find an envelope size to match any card size I can make.
  • The Enveloper is made of sturdy plastic and includes some fun shapes that can be embossed on the flap of the envelope to further customize it.
  • The website includes a handy video to explain how to use The Enveloper!

Cons:
  • I think the pamphlet that came with The Enveloper is confusing and outdated. According to the very useful chart on the website, The Enveloper can create over 100 custom sizes, although the wording on the website and the chart both indicate that it can only create 9 sizes. This may be something they are planning to remedy in the future (hopefully!).
  • I would have liked to see a place to securely attach the scoring tool to the bottom of The Enveloper. As it is, the scoring tool is in danger of getting lost on my desktop"
 You can find the Envelopers HERE in our store.

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Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting,


Evelyn

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