DIY | Pocketfolds

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It took 2,392 Fiskars cuts and 360 corner punches to finish these puppies, but I love how they turned out.

Tools:

  • Microsoft Excel template (This template has been downloaded times.)
    • The template is a compressed .zip file. Click here for instructions to extract.
  • Chocolate cardstock paper from papersource.com
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight-edge
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement
  • Bone folder
  • Corner punch

I loved pocket envelopes since I first started looking at invitations back in 2007. They’re so neat and clean, but they were so pricey. We were already having scrolls made, so I did not want to add anymore cost to the invitations. I also didn’t love 100% of the pocketfolds I found. They all have some angled dip in the pocket and no offense if you like it, but it wasn’t my style.

Again, in an effort to save some moolah and have something I DO love 100%, I made all of the pocketfold envelopes. I used Microsoft Excel to create a grid template to figure out how much space and paper I would need (crazy, I know). I make mockups with white paper and ended up calculating that I could make four envelopes from one 20" by 26" piece of paper from paper-source.com.

Here is the plan in Excel. You can download the plan here. It is best viewed at 30% Zoom.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

I got my huge stack of paper within a couple days.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

I penciled ALL of the lines with light pressure and a straight-edge. The paper was too big to fit in my paper-cutter, so I and cut them with scissors. THAT was the biggest pain.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

I scored all of the fold lines with a bone folder and creased them. I used rubber cement to secure the pockets. (See below for how to use rubber cement so that your paper WILL NOT come apart. I had previously used Tombo permanent glue tape and some of the pocketfolds came apart while I was stuffing them.)

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Finally, he helped me by punching all of the corners for a clean look.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Voila!

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Cost

Order A7 pocketfolds: $0.80 per invite (on average)
DIY custom pocketfolds: $0.41 per invite (inc. shipping)

Ordering plain, solid color A7 pockefolds from places like cardsandpockets.com or paperandmore will cost you about 95% MORE than it would cost you to spend the time making them. Because I made four envelopes on one larger sheet of paper, each one cost me $0.41 to make (this includes the cost of shipping the materials. It is $0.34 per invite if you have shipping costs in your budget elsewhere.)


Tips

Now that I’ve made 206 invitations plus 22 announcements, I do have some tips.

  • Do: Order extra materials. You never know when you add more guests or mess up so the best thing I did for myself was order extra. I added 10% additional materials to any order I made.
  • Do: Make several mock-ups of your pocketfold design to ensure your enclosures all fit. Cardstock is thicker, so be aware of the pocket size. Layering the cardstock necessitates a little bit more width in the pocket. My enclosures were 5 inches wide, so the pocketfolds were designed to be 5 1/8 inches wide.
  • Do: Understand that it is very time consuming before you jump into this. You WILL become sick of doing the same task over and over again.
  • Do: Take breaks!
  • Do: Use rubber cement. This is an old art school trick. Brush rubber cement to both surfaces and allow them to dry a little. Then, adhere the surfaces together. Rub off any excess glue with your fingers. That is my favorite part about rubber cement… you can’t see the glue after it is all said and done. You will also have a hard time taking the two paper surfaces apart with this method.
  • Do: Find yourself an ergonomic corner punch. My punch was NOT friendly. It enduced carpal tunnel problems. I ended up placing the punch on a flat surface and using one of my rubber/steel coasters to press the button to avoid the hand cramps.
  • Don’t: Order TOO thick of cardstock. You’re folding and gluing so it gets to be rather tricky if you’re using 150# cover material. My pocketfolds were 80# cover weight.
  • Don’t: Hasten the process. You’ll get sloppy. Allow time for the glue to dry, etc.
  • Don’t: Deny help. I’m a perfectionist and it was difficult for me to relinquish having control over every single pocketfold, but when he started helping me punch corners and cut, it went by faster… AND we got to spend time together.
  • Don’t: Think that this can be done in a day.

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2 Responses to “DIY | Pocketfolds”

  1. Sandra says:

    Have you thought of doing a video for this? I think it would so so helpful for those of us who have a hard time visualizing. Thanks for the post.

  2. Kate says:

    DO invest in an Xacto knife. (Or use a clean razor blade with your utility knife.)
    I can’t believe you made all those cuts with scissors!

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