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How to Decorate Open When Envelopes with Project Life Supplies

When I made these open when letters for my husband 3 years ago, it was a relatively obscure concept. I found very few examples of these letters and was pretty much winging it when I made them.

However, since then, the concept of open when letters has really taken off! Now, you can buy open when cards at Wal-Mart!

Open When Cards that I found at my local Wal-Mart!
(I couldn’t believe I found these at Wal-Mart!)

I found these adorable open when cards by American Greetings on the card aisle at my local Wal-Mart. These cards take a lot of the work out of making open when letters to send to your soldier or other long-distance loved one!

I couldn’t wait to get started on this batch letters! Thanks to my stash of Project Life supplies, I was able to knock out labeling the open when envelopes in one afternoon!

Supplies I used for decorating my open when cards.
(Supplies for decorating Open When envelopes…can’t forget that glass of sweet tea!)

How to Decorate Open When Envelopes with Project Life Cards

Using the small Project Life cards (from the September Skies kit) made decorating the open when envelopes really easy! The last time I made open when letters, I spent a lot of time coming up with different hand-drawn designs for each envelope. I drew each one out in pencil, then went over it in black marker. It was a very time-consuming process.

Set of Open When Letters for a deployed service member
(The first Open When Letters I made for my husband.)

This time, decorating the open when envelopes was MUCH faster and easier!

Plus, using the Project Life cards gave each envelope more color and a sense of cohesiveness.

Open When Cards decorated with Project Life supplies.

I turned them different directions just to change it up a little, but you could make them all the same. Or I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to arrange the Project Life card (or cards!) on the envelope.

Instead of writing ‘Open When’ a billion times, I used letter stickers. If you’re anything like me and are not a huge fan of your handwriting, then this is a great solution to decorating your open when envelopes.

I’m not done with these open when cards yet. I still have to write inside the cards and add different things to them, but I’m happy with how the envelopes turned out!

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