Swapping: The Envelope Journal

Earlier in the week, I signed up for another swap on Swap-bot. It was a very last minute decision - I almost missed the deadline! - and is the most involved swap I've participated in so far. Each day for thirty one days I will write on a given topic about myself: my home town, my likes, my dislikes, my family, and so on. We were to write these in a journal that we'd made or bought; I wanted to be a little more original with mine, so I made an envelope journal!

I wrote an email to make sure that the recipient will be happy to open thirty one individually sealed envelopes (and she is!); it'd be such a shame if she were expecting a traditional book-like journal and was disappointed with what she received instead!

Each envelope has been handmade out of colorful magazine pages. I made a custom template (based on the last one on this page) and traced, cut out, and glued each one, punched holes in the bottom of each, and threaded ribbon through. For the covers I used squares cut from a cereal box and covered in German newspaper! It took a huge amount of time, but I am absolutely in love with the way that it turned out.

I won't share with you what I will put inside, as that is between me and my swap partner. But if you have the time and the patience, maybe you'd like to try to make one of these little books? You can of course make these with normal, ready-made envelopes, too - I just liked the color and shape of my hand-made ones better. You could also alternate the envelopes with normal pages! There are so many ways to play around with this idea.

I will leave you with two more photos and many wishes for a lovely Thursday evening!


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