I love making embellishments and having ephemera for journals, but was struggling to remember what to make, how to make it, and where to keep it.
I came across this tutorial for making an Envelope Journal. It was a bit daunting since I really haven’t done any serious bookbinding in quite some time, but her instructions were very clear and relatively simple. The only thing I changed was that I did not go through the outside cover when binding…I used a separate spine and then later glued and sewed it into the cover. Everything is glued using Fabric Fusion glue. I did use E600 to glue in the bound spine.
The outside cover is made from a Cheezit box covered in some fabric that I had leftover from curtains I made. I made all the envelopes using double sided scrapbook paper–there are ten of them. I also made two pocket pages.
Once the journal was completed, I had fun filling up the envelopes with things I have made or saved up. I attached some pieces to the backs of the envelopes. My goal is to use this book to help remind me where I got the tutorial, save any templates and instructions, keep a few things I made so I can make them again, etc. I still have plenty of room for future “stuff”.
Here are some of the envelopes and the things I did:
Pocket page to hold tags, misc. circles. I made the tag on the left.
Envelope to hold mini-journals I made.
Toilet paper roll pocket and tag glued to the back of an envelope
Pocket page to hold paper dolls and various envelopes…the swirly one was made by @Onyxnox
I am using many of the envelopes to hold things with themes…this is my “mushrooms” envelopes full of stickers, tags, stamps, etc. I have one for “birds”, “leaves and flowers”, and “Butterflies & bees”.
This will be a working journal as I make more things and, hopefully, when it comes times for swaps or happy mail, I can find things to pass on as well!
Thanks for looking!