I hope you have been enjoying the week. Its been nice to see the sun come out and bringing with it some warmer days. I’m already seeing some of the grass green up a bit. Yay Spring!
1) find an envelope that is the approximate size of your book. This book is made up of 9 envelopes so far, but I may decide to add more. There are no pages in the book, just envelopes.
2) open up the envelope to its unfolded shape, and trace around it onto a sheet of ephemera. Cut out, and score the fold lines using a ruler and a bone folder. See pic below.
4) Instant envelope, ready to fill! I would recommend a studier paper with a bit less pattern if you were to mail it. Or, at least a uniform pattern and a mailing label. The ephemera though can be delicate for the mail service on its own. Unless, you added a layer of Mod Podge first? That might stiffen it up more.
You will soon discover that no envelope or small bag is safe! All have the potential of being used as templates. A vintage school workbook page can also become a library card pocket for example…
Ready to be filled with vintage game cards, or Family Fun paper dolls. These two are ready for school, and represent my children, Meghan and Matthew, as once this book is done, it will be stuffed full of school memories! An image cut from a vintage children’s book adds a bit of charm to the pocket.
To add another type of envelope, I altered an office envelope-the ones used for internal couriering. I cut down the original envelope (which was about 11″x14″), to the book size. I then cut off the original envelope flap with the closing string, and stitched that to the top of my new envelope. Then, stitched the sides closed. This little school girl is adorable on the front, but I wanted to add another pop of red.
Here’s another quick tip to alter ephemera pieces to work with your project. Ephemera is great, but typically its all beige or tan in color. A spray of a watercolor glimmer spray, such as Glimmer Mist, quickly changes that! The watercolor sprays are so sheer in color that you really don’t lose any details of the ephemera.
And, now this red ticket, cut in half, is just the bit of color I need on this envelope. :)
Have a great day, and happy creating!