Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book 001

**UPDATE, 9/30/13, Instructions for making this book are now available on Etsy.  Thanks to everyone for the support and interest in this book structure!**

Yesterday I made my first book of 2013!  The spine is a narrow accordion made from green cardstock, the pages are yellow 9x6 inch envelopes, and the covers have an air mail theme with a ribbon closure.


 I made this book specifically to store all of the bills I get in the mail.  Before I had a drawer stuffed with a year's worth of gas, electric, and insurance bills because I had no other place to put them.  Now I have an envelope for each type of bill/statement, and I can clean out that drawer.  I ended up with a bag of envelopes and other unnecessary papers that can be recycled.  And the accordion spine means the book can expand as I add this year's bills to it.


10 comments:

Jane said...

I love this! I would use it to put money in. every few months we stash away cash for groceries, a set amount for each week. Keeps us on budget and away from the plastic! Anyway, this would be a fun accessory for budgeting too :)

minimeg said...

Thanks Jane! Someone else mentioned using it for budgeting too. Do you want me to make you one? I have a lot of colorful envelopes hanging around :)

chrissy Marie said...

I love this. Once softball season is over i plan to get a job and this is perfect for saving money I can use this to evenly split up my paychecks one for college saving, one for car savings, ect., and this is exactly what I need ! I love it! ,:)

Tam said...

Is there a tutorial on how you did your spine. I would love to try and make this book. Tfs.

minimeg said...

Tam, I created an illustrated tutorial for this book structure and it is now available on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/listing/164274442/diy-envelope-book-instructions-pdf?

Connie Mercer said...

Brillant-I'll need to try this:)

Life in a Slower Lane said...

Genius!

J. Story said...

I would love for you to make me a book! And maybe 2- 1 for Bills and 1 for Budgeting. Please let me know.

Sconess said...

I clicked on the Etsy link, but it doesn't go to the book. Has the link changed?

Andrea Drews said...

Yes, please make another link!