The Lettermate

Envelope Addressing Stencil

Fitting Pretty

Getting a handwritten letter in the mail is pretty significant in this digital age, and now there’s a clever way to beautify your envelopes.

The Lettermate makes it easy to hand address envelopes flawlessly and even add a decorative flair. Kimberly Wilson is a stationery designer in California; people came to her regularly
needing a way to address invitations (and make them look pretty, too). So she came up with The Lettermate, a stencil that keeps writing straight and helps you get creative with your presentation.

Made in the USA, The Lettermate is constructed from durable, translucent plastic so you can see exactly where to place it. It also has guide markers to help space lettering and align it to the left or center. The markers and edges can even be used for creative designs and decorations.

Bring style and beauty to your letters, and wow your recipients, with The Lettermate.
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Lettermate - Envelope Addressing Stencil

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly

    Hi everyone! My name is Kimberly, and I'm the founder of The Lettermate, an envelope addressing guide for those of us that have trouble writing in a straight line. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

  • David
    David
    1/29/2015 12:22 PM

    What if you have bad handwriting?

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 12:30 PM

    @David Prior to using the Lettermate, I wasn't a fan of my own handwriting either! That's one one the reasons I love it so much :) When you force yourself to keep things straight & consistent, you'd be surprised at what a difference it can make!

  • Monique
    Monique
    1/29/2015 12:57 PM

    @Kimberly

    Do you include some of your artistic embellishment ideas with the stencil? I'd love to add some of your simple flourishes to my envelopes...

    ~Monique

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 2:18 PM

    @Monique Thanks so much for your question!

    We have a PDF handbook that covers exactly what you are looking for :)

    The Grommet team will be posting a link to it in the "comments" section shortly, so stay tuned!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2015 2:37 PM

    Hi Monique, here is the PDF handbook.

  • Brian
    Brian
    1/29/2015 12:22 PM

    nice idea but isn't fifteen dollars plus shipping a bit high for what it is?

    i'd buy it if it were maybe 8 dollars... maybe...

    I've seen other items that have kind of the same idea but sell for

    a lot less. nice design though.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 12:35 PM

    @Brian The Lettermate is an investment - When you are staring down the barrel of 100+ envelopes to address for your wedding, it will certainly earn its worth! Also, its durability and versatility will enable you to use it in many other ways down the road. Thanks for your comment :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2015 12:40 PM

    Hi Brian, and to jump off Kimberly's point, buy at least three Lettermates and shipping is free. One for yourself and two great gifts for others.

  • Anna
    Anna
    1/29/2015 12:41 PM

    Kimberly - DROOOOL, i love this! Nice work.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 12:43 PM

    @Anna Thanks for the love!!

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    1/29/2015 12:43 PM

    Still don't really understand how it's used. Do you have a demo video?

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 12:53 PM

    @Patricia Hello! Within the video provided by The Grommet, there is a few quick clips that show the Lettermate in use.

    Essentially, you place the Lettermate on top of your envelope, and use the spaces provided to fill in your address. Please let me know if you have any further questions!

  • lisa
    lisa
    1/29/2015 1:00 PM

    Kimberly, I send TWO paper letters a week, EVERY week. I'm getting better at the esthetics, but this would help soooo much, I'd like to know the measurements of each line.

    Thank you, beautiful product!

    Lisa

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 1:15 PM

    @lisa Fantastic! The Lettermate as a whole is 5" wide by 4" high - Each cutout is 4" long and about 3/8" tall.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions!

  • C
    C
    1/29/2015 1:01 PM

    Looks like a great tool for hand-delivered invites, or the inside of wedding invitations, but you don't address anywhere whether these meet postal standards and, if they don't the potential consequences, for example, a delay in delivery or possibly even return of the mailed piece.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 1:25 PM

    @C Thank you so much for your question! According to USPS regulations, as long the address is printed completely, clearly, and with a valid zipcode on the front of the envelope, you will be in compliance.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions!

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    1/29/2015 2:38 PM

    As a further response to C, I have a friend who is a famous calligrapher, & he has mailed small wooden shutters, lettered with a message & his beautiful calligraphy as easily as one would send a postcard. As long as it is properly addressed, it goes.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 2:42 PM

    @Carolyn Thanks so much for that addition!

  • Barbar
    Barbar
    1/29/2015 3:09 PM

    @Kimberly I once addressed and mailed a coconut, still in the husk, from Guam to my father-in-law in TN. It arrived with no problem.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 4:19 PM

    @Barbar No way!! That's incredible; I would love to have one of those show up in my mailbox :)

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    1/29/2015 4:39 PM

    This is a response for C. I am a former USPS employee. While "odd sized" pieces can be delivered by the USPS there is a potential of a delay in delivery because they need to be hand sorted. While I was still employed there I saw a rocking chair go through and also just a hunk of bark with the address painted on it. I also saw a wooden postcard go through that got missed and didn't get culled out from the paper envelopes and it got stuck in the machine and got broken. Letters and magazines are sorted by machine which is more efficient. Although this stencil looks like it might be a nice way to address envelopes I have a problem with the spacing. Having the address in the center of the envelope makes it easier for the machines to scan and read the envelope quickly. Writing the address all over the front of the envelope makes it extremely difficult and the envelope will be "kicked out" to be rerun again or else hand sorted. This delays the sorting process even more. Also, there needs to be an adequate space (blank with no wording or designs) between the last line of the address and the bottom of the envelope. This space is where the machine sprays on the barcode to be read by yet another machine. If for some reason the machine couldn't read the address correctly the wrong barcode will be sprayed on thus delaying the letter because it will keep being resorted with the wrong address (causing even more delay) on it until someone discovers it and corrects it. I hope this answers your question about if this stencil meets USPS regulations.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    1/29/2015 4:42 PM

    I forgot to add that the current "fad" for the last several years is the taller wedding invitations. I have seen too many fancy wedding invitations reduced to a crumpled mess when they went through the machine because a USPS employee missed them when they were culling the mail. This is why they are charged extra postage because they have to be hand sorted.

  • Canda
    Canda
    1/29/2015 1:10 PM

    I noticed that all of the photos showing the use of you're Lettermate are on invitation or occasional card sized envelopes. Will it work on professional size or letter sized envelopes also?

    Canda

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 1:36 PM

    @Canda Thanks for your question, and I'm sure this will help with a few others who have commented earlier - I'm going to attempt to embed an image into this post, so we'll see how this goes!

  • Kim
    Kim
    1/29/2015 1:29 PM

    I agree the price is high. I have a collection of artist-quality stencils, and full page sizes run a good bit less than this. A half page stencil with much more intricate cutwork averages about $6.00. I like that it's made in America, and I'd love one for my left-handed child who struggles with addressing cards and letters. I've tried to envision the "many other ways" it could be used, but can't see it. Again, I love the concept, but at this price, I am going to have to pass.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 1:37 PM

    @Kim I appreciate your consideration - best of luck in your addressing adventures :)

  • Jodi
    Jodi
    1/29/2015 1:52 PM

    This is a really cool idea. It would be neat if there was a stencil with the cool scrolls and embellishments shown in the photo. I also could picture of larger one of these stencils to help kids with their handwriting or addressing cards. Great Job!

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 1:56 PM

    @Jodi My mom is a first grade teacher, and she was literally just saying the same thing!! Thanks for your feedback, I'll start brainstorming some new ideas!

  • Elena
    Elena
    1/29/2015 1:59 PM

    I love this! I plan on buying a few for future gifts to encourage letter writing. What kind of pen(s) are you using in the video clip?

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 2:08 PM

    @Elena Wonderful! So happy to hear :)

    Here are a list of my absolute favorite pens:

    White Ink: Uni-ball Signo Broad

    Metallics: Uniball Metallic Gell Pens (for thin text) Sharpie Metallics (for thicker text)

    Black & other colored inks: Micron (size 05 and up)

  • Janet
    Janet
    1/29/2015 2:00 PM

    Do you have a stencil for the flourishes?

    I was excited when I saw the completed envelopes with the squiggles and vine with leaves, etc. I would like that in addition to the template for straight lines that you are selling here. Is it available? That along with this stencil would be a nice combination.

  • Janet
    Janet
    1/29/2015 2:02 PM

    @Janet

    OOPSIE … as I was typing the question someone posted that same thought! Sorry for the duplication.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 2:17 PM

    @Janet No problemo! We have a PDF handbook that covers exactly what you are looking for :)

    The Grommet team will be posting a link to it in the "comments" section shortly, so stay tuned!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2015 2:23 PM

    Hi Janet, as promised, here is the link to the PDF handbook

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 2:38 PM

    @Mike Thanks Mike!

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/29/2015 4:38 PM

    @Kimberly The PDF handbook is nice, but what about Janet's request for templates/stencils for the squiggles and vine with leaves .....?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/29/2015 4:56 PM

    Hi Susan, currently there are no templates or stencils for the design aspect. Though I'm sure Kimberly will keep that in mind as she continues to improve the product.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 7:08 PM

    @Susan While I don't have templates made for things like the vines & other decorative marks on my envelopes; I'd be happy to share how I make them :)

    My favorite accent to add on envelopes are arrows which are easily achieved by using any of the straight edges on the Lettermate.

    For vines, I've found myself using the rim of a water glass as a pretty decent tool for achieving a perfect curve. (Free handing is also an option) The leaves of the vines are essentially just hearts that trail up the line. There really is no right or wrong way to achieve these elements; just spend some time playing around with it, get creative, and you'll be surprised how far you can go!

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 7:09 PM

    @Kimberly *Totally didn't mean to make that image so big... Mike... You might want to fix that ;)

  • Parker
    Parker
    1/29/2015 2:20 PM

    Excellent wedding present idea if you're on a tight budget: Offer to do all of the invitations, and use this as the tool to make it work. Suddenly, $15 plus shipping doesn't sound so ridiculous (those Kitchen Aid Mixers are nice, but I'm tired of buying $300 wedding presents).

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 2:22 PM

    @Parker Yes!! Love it ;)

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne
    1/29/2015 6:05 PM

    I'm a graphic designer and my handwriting (print) is very neat and often brings me compliments. That said, I would like to offer my congrats to Kimberly for coming up with this ingenious concept! It's clear that it's meant for use on greeting card envelopes, where legibility and originality count. I know so many people who have a difficult time addressing envelopes and the Lettermate should be extremely helpful. I would definitely order one for myself (addressing tons of holiday cards can be tiring) and a couple others to give away as gifts.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly – Special Guest
    1/29/2015 6:55 PM

    @Yvonne Thank you so much for the kind words!!! I greatly appreciate your support!

  • gerri
    gerri
    1/29/2015 7:38 PM

    @Kimberly what about those of us who use cursive writing. I notice that most of the printing is non-cursive. Is it easy to use with cursive letters that go below the lines? Thanks.

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