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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!


11 comments:

  1. Awesome journal! I really love it. Your partner is going to be thrilled. Happy swapping!

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  2. Ooh I can't wait to try making one of these!

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  3. Ingrid, this is a brilliant idea! An envelope journal is such a perfect way to share things about yourself. I want to visit you and take art lessons from you. You always do the coolest things.

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  4. I saw the link to the Flickr photo of this on the swap-bot homepage. This is so amazing and such an original idea! Going to follow your blog as well and hopefully see more of your swap work in the future. :)

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  5. I love love love this idea!! I am totally addicted to envelope making already anyway... I'm doing it! :)

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  6. thank you all so very much! i definitely encourage you to try it, and i'd love to see some photos if you do!

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  7. Brilliant idea! I wish that I hadn't missed the deadline. I only just started a blog and am looking to expand it. Next time I'll be ready though! Have fun with it, you have a great concept!

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  8. I love this idea and just in time for Valentine's day. I think I'll make some for my daughter's. Now I can put my magazines to use. Thanks a bunch. I love your blog by the way.

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  9. Wow, I love this! But you will write for 30 days and THEN send it? How will you part with it, I could never do that. And no-one could be disappointed at this journal - it's awesome!

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  10. mel, maybe the swap will come up again soon!

    elisa, thanks for the kind words; i hope your daughters love it!

    hanna, yup, a letter a day and then it's all one package at the end! we'll see how difficult it is when i get there. ;)

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