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.


15 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 :)

Unknown 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! ,:)

Tamdsgns 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:)

Unknown said...

Genius!

Unknown 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?

Unknown said...

Yes, please make another link!

Unknown said...

Yes please make another link. I tried to do this and just failed. Is there someone that did it and it worked? If so can someone show me or make one and I can pay you. Like you were on etsy.

KermitDorie said...

Sorry. the etsy link to buy the instructions does not work. I am also having trouble with your shop link as well. Do you still sell instructions?

LizO said...

would love to purchase the instructions.

Nyeb said...

Can you make me one? The link doesn't work and i don't know how to make one, but i really need one!

Wyrd Syster said...

http://www.marthastewart.com/269946/envelope-books-paper-binding-how-to

Not quite the same, but better than nothing. :)