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|Paper packets are fine for seeds (as long as they don't get dropped in a puddle or something). You're right, they are the thing to use for any seed that might not be totally dry... plastic does hold in humidity, and seeds can mold. I find the plastic easier from a labeling standpoint... I can print out a sheet of "labels" on regular, non-adhesive paper, cut them apart (with a paper cutter if I'm doing a bunch), and put the label slips into the 2x3" baggies as I'm filling them. Cost is maybe $1.35 per 100, including labels. Little brown envelopes either need sticky labels (a little more $), or they need more time from me to handwrite labels (I wouldn't get them out until Groundhog's Day).
I do like Tuik's way of doing "packets" by making a little waxed paper thing to hold the seeds and taping it to a larger label slip, usually one with a picture. She's always really careful to fold so the tape doesn't come into contact with the seeds... actually, I don't think I've ever had a packet from this swap where seeds are all glued to the tape, but it's happened in other trades.
BTW, I'm one of those "lots of people"... heating pads aren't made to be operated 24/7, and most are not made for use in a potentially moist environment... I know a lot of warning labels are way beyond reasonable caution, but when it comes to electricity I tend to pay attention to them. There are alternatives to "official" seedling heat mats, but I don't think a household heating pad is a safe alternative. For some suggestions I've come across, see my DG article on heat & seed starting: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/556/
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