Then life got busy and just like my workout intentions everything goes out the door around July when life kicks into high gear.
Well, I'm ready to get back into it, which is why learned how to make my own envelopes last week, so I could make a book of envelopes. (Sort of like Megan did, though I went about mine a little different.)
Here is what I started with:
- 6 Envelopes, 1 each for groceries week 1, groceries week 2, Target, date night, "bonus*" and receipts. (These are the items I pay cash for in a 2 week pay period.)
- Pretty fabric
- Pretty paper
- Chip board
- Straight edge
- Box cutter
- Letter stickers to mark the purpose of your envelope
- 2 pieces of ribbon, cut to 6-8 inches
1st step - Cut strips of fabric about 1.5" inches wide by the height of your envelopes.
Step 2 - Take 2 of your envelopes and place them side, one facing up, the other facing down.
Step 3 - Coat one of the strips of fabric with glue, first I used regular white glue, that took forever to dry. So then I moved onto a quick drying craft glue from 3M that I really ended up liking.
Step 4 - Apply the glued strip to the envelopes butting them very close together.
Step 5 - Cut 2 pieces of chip board .5" taller than your envelopes and .25" wider. Then cut a strip of chip board that is equal in height to the other 2 and the same width as your bound envelope. (No picture of this step, but you'll see in steps 6 and 7 what they look like)
Step 6 - Lay your pieces of card board down on your fabric and coat the chip board with glue. Note the slight .125" gap between the front and back covers and the spine of the book. This is important to allow your binding space to bend.
(Brush the glue, don't just leave it swirly like my picture... you couldn't really see the glue once I'd brushed it in so I took the picture while it was swirly like.)
Step 7 - With all 3 pieces of chip board glued to the fabric, slip the fabric up to the corners of the chip board
Step 8 - And then glue and fold in your fabric.
Step 9 - Time to bind the envelopes into the binding. Using 2 more strips of fabric, attach the last envelope to the back cover and the 1st envelope to the front.
Step 10 - Cut 2 lengths of ribbon to 6-8" inches, and 2 pieces of paper to .25" smaller than your front and back covers.
Step 11 - Glue the ribbon half way down the outside edge of the back cover.
Step 12 - Glue the pretty paper to the inside back cover of the book.
Repeat steps 11 & 12 for the front cover.
Step 13 - Label each of your envelopes... I decided just to use the initials for each of my categories. And I also labeled them on the front and back... just because I could.
And here is my finished budget book.
And of course, use of these isn't limited to a budget book, I can see making these to hold any variety of things. Favorite cards from the holidays, pictures, treasures from special trips... all kinds of wonderful things.
I'm thinking of coating the outside of my book with a bit of mod podge, not sure about it though.