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Curious what Fountain Pen friendly envelopes fellow pensters use when writing their pen-pals. Tell the rest of us what envelope you use, why and where you get them and what they cost. If possible, post links and pictures of the envelopes, but unused and perhaps with writing on them. Looking forward to seeing what others use when writing their pen pals and where they get them.

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For informal / pen pal use, I make my own envelopes from paper that I find likable. These include 22# paper remnants from customers, favorable resumé paper from Target and Office Depot. Most useful sizes are 7 " x 3 ¾ " and 6 " x 4¼ " .

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Mine isn't a penpal-specific thing, but typically my personal correspondence is written on Crane & Co. Monarch-sized sheets (7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches), in ecruwhite. A few years back, there were reports that Crane was going to discontinue most of its Monarch-sized stationery, so I went and stocked up. Fortunately, the local stationery store (Greetings & Readings, Hunt Valley, Maryland) had several boxes in stock, and as G&R always has coupons floating around for "$5 off any $25 purchase," or "10 off any $50 purchase," I even managed to get them for a reasonable price without having to buy via Amazon or eBay.

 

I believe Crane may have reversed its decision to discontinue the stationery, although I've also heard that it is no longer available. I couldn't say which is true. Well, even if discontinued, I have enough to last me some time, so it's not an issue of any immediate concern to me.

 

I write short notes - you know, one or two sentence communications, reminders, thank you notes, that sort of thing - on Crane flat note cards, 4 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches.

 

In both cases, I use the matching envelopes.

 

I have no problem using fountain pens with any of these - sheet, card, or envelope.

 

While this stationery isn't quite as inexpensive as, say, using printer paper from Staples or envelopes from Walmart, neither is it prohibitively expensive, particularly as I don't send out dozens of pieces of handwritten correspondence per week. (It's more like 1 piece per week, making the stationery expense trivial.)

 

I do intend to purchase some personalized (engraved) Crane stationery, sooner or later. Mind you, 2 weeks after having done so, I know I'll wind up moving - rendering all the stationery with my address on it, obsolete. But I will do it. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Sort of how I intend to have engraved calling cards run up, but I've been procrastinating on that for years now.

 

If it were decades ago, when much more of my personal communications would have been in the form of ink-on-paper, I'd already have moved on it. But it just doesn't seem anywhere near as urgent these days, given the ever decreasing role handwritten correspondence plays for me and the near abandonment of it on the part of most other people. (So uncommon, that the recipient of something as simple as a handwritten "Thank you for having me over for dinner last Saturday. I hope you'll let me reciprocate once you get back from Florida," card, will as likely as not call or text me, telling me how surprising it was to receive a handwritten thank you card in this day and age.)

 

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I do love G Lalo Verge de France. I have Rose, Lavender, Champagne sheets & envelopes as well as some Thank You notes in Rose, Lavender and Turquoise. I want to get the blue too.

 

(I'm not affiliated with any of these places, just a customer)

 

G Lalo is also available at these places...

 

http://europeanpaper.com/brand/g-lalo-stationary/

 

http://store.vickerey.com/products/search/?q=g+lalo&submit=%C2%BB

 

 

I also have Clairefontaine Triomphe sheets and envelopes. But the envelopes look too plain and ordinary for my tastes. Still, they are practical and FP friendly.

 

 

I also have some envelopes from Paper Source in Luxe Blush. They are quite beautiful (I have the matching cards too) Price wise it is about the same as G Lalo. But Paper Source does have lots of colors!

 

Blush envelopes @ Paper Source

http://shop.papersource.com/paper/Blush-Envelope

 

 

I got some cheap greeting card sized envelopes in a variety of pastel colors from Walmart and they actually hold up pretty decently. I don't think a wet broad stub would be good, but my fine nibs with well behaved inks looked great on these envelopes.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ampad-Envelope-50ct/36916383

 

 

I also make my own envelopes. I have a template from JetPens that I use sometimes.

Envelope Template

http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Handmade-Envelope-Template-Western-Version/pd/9223

 

 

Sometimes I just fold the paper in different ways. There are lots of interesting ways to make envelopes!

I want to get WeRMemoryKeepers envelope punch, I have heard good things about it. I saw someone using the punch board on Periscope with some fancy "gift wrap" paper from Paper Source to make an envelope so now I want to go buy some to try it too! ;)

 

I use all sorts of paper, scrapbook paper is fun and you can be so creative.

I make my own little labels using a label punch with good paper (Strathmore 25% cotton writing 24 lb Natural White, which I also use for writing letters).

 

http://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-Writing-Stationery-Natural-Watermarked/dp/B0007KNYCE/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1455840766&sr=1-1&keywords=Strathmore+Writing+25%25+Cotton+Stationery+Paper+Wove+Finish+Natural+White+Shade+Watermarked%2C+24+lb+8.5x11+Inch+500+Sheets%2FReam

 

I also use this paper for envelopes and stationery:

Southworth Parchment 24 lb Copper

http://www.amazon.com/Southworth-Parchment-Specialty-inches-894C/dp/B0013CKJ7S/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1455840818&sr=1-1&keywords=southworth+24+lb+copper

 

I want to get some Via Smooth Ivory 24lb paper but the shipping cost is so prohibitive and no where near me sells it (that I know of at least).

 

I also have a stationery set from Peter Pauper Press, but the envelopes aren't that great. The paper is pretty good though.

I have this set:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1441315640/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687582&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1441315551&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1G540AYN2FJDT0C5A86C

 

 

That's all I can think of at the moment, but I am always on the look out for interesting stationery.

 

I am looking forward to hearing more about what other's use for envelopes! :)

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My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the King, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink. Psalm 45:1


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Here is a website I found very helpful about folding envelopes:

http://www.ghh.com/elf/

Tessy Moon



My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the King, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink. Psalm 45:1


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My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the King, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink. Psalm 45:1


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Right now I have a box of just cheap #10 envelopes. For a while, I had a couple of pads of Clairefontaine Triomphe and matching envelopes those were nice.

 

I do have some templates for a couple of different sizes of envelopes so I could use any paper I want as long as I had a glue stick or something. I have had them for about 40 years or so.

Brad

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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