Username Post: Postal regulation template update!
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I have been trying to find a postal reg template because I make a LOT of cards for an organization called Operation Write Home. It is an organization that provides handmade greeting cards for the troops overseas. "There are no card stores in Kabul" for them to send cards home to family.
The cards must be regulation size and thickness.
Thanks to some of you, I have tried every post office in my area to get a template.
Many of the postal workers even showed me the template I wanted but said they couldn't give it to me or sell it to me nor was I allowed to photocopy it.

I am not one to give up! So I got online .

I dug around looking for the template. I found several, but they were either adjusted, resized or notes were stuck over the original lettering. There were a few perfect ones, but to download them you needed a premium membership ($$$).
However, I have found one and I want to share the link with you.

You do not have to pay for this template. It downloads as a PDF file. Most computers these days have some sort of PDF reader on them. If yours does not, Adobe has a free reader (Adobe Reader XI) you can download.

I printed mine on 2 pieces of card stock and taped it together (it measures bigger than letter size paper), at first, then I used my craft knife and cut out the shaded 1/4" slot. After using that card stock template so much it got really ragged.

I made printed another copy at the darkest setting on regular paper and whipped out one of my dollar store flexible cutting mats, (These come 2 in a pack for $1, I use them A LOT! Cricut cutting mats, dividers for my homemade Cropper Hopper Paper Holders, which are made from something else at the PO, dividers that actually last for my stamp inventory binder, etc. They cut easily and are weirdly flexible but stiff at the same time!).

I placed the paper under the cutting mat making sure the smooth side of the mat was facing up, taping them both down and using a ruler and black marker I drew all of the lines onto the mat, I cut out the slot and ran a piece of vellum through my printer with all of the printed info from the template, cut it out, ran it through my Xyron and placed the printing on the mat.

I now have a reusable template similar to the PO's with the exact same information on it!

I hope this helps anyone who has been wanting a copy of the template.

You can find the free, downloadable template at Link here

Just FYI, if you are low on un-earmarked cash as I am, the dollar store is the place for you. I use Dazzles & Starforms a lot on my cards. You can buy through the HOTP website a expandable folder for Dazzles for over $5 or you can go to the $store and get a "check" holder for $1 and it holds the long sheets of Dazzles perfectly. For $5 I got 5 of these folders to separate all sorts of stickers. Hope this helps the thrifty among us!

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