Fall is definitely in the air in these parts and with it comes that feeling of gratitude. As the season heads into Thanksgiving here eventually one’s thoughts do the same.
There are so many people in and around me that add to my life. A handmade gift always brings to them my warmest regards and gratitude. I want to share with you one of those gifts that has worked for me in the past to do just that. This stationary book is inspired by a class Heidi Swapp taught years ago. Take Me Away freshens it up plus leaf die cuts bring it a fall-feel.
A few items, of course, will be needed to create this book. Manila folders will be covered with patterned paper to create the cover. Patterned paper also goes to work creating pockets and spaces t+ stationary for the inside.
Here is a tutorial to help you make your own stationary book:
1. Trim a manila folder to about 7 1/2-inches wide cutting off the folded edge. Next, trim folder so it’s about 10 1/2-inches tall. This will serve as the cover for this mini book.
2. Re-attach the trimmed folded edge to the two trimmed down manila folder pieces. Now you have a front, a spine, and a back piece of the book.
3. Cover the inside and the outside of the covers with patterned paper.
4. For the envelopes and stationary paper, trim a piece of patterned paper and score along three edges to create folds for pockets. For mine I used an envelope as a guide inside of a piece of patterned paper.
Then I scored the edges at 1-inch and then 1 1/8-inch.
Fold edges and glue to the right side of the inside cover.
5. Trim patterned paper to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inches for stationary that go with the envelopes, or to whatever width your pocket is.
6. A cut-away from Paper 24 helped to embellish the stationary holder.
7. A pocket created with the gold foil acetate specialty paper was created and attached to the lower left side of the book. This will be a great place to hold stamps.
8. Use the same measurements as the first stationary pocket for a postcard pocket that will go on the upper left side.
9. Fill pocket with cut-aways and postcard sized patterned paper.
10. Add embellishments inside on the pockets to complete.
And that’s how a very handmade, very personal Gift of Stationary is created. A beautiful and meaningful gift just in time for this fall season. Take time today to share your gratitude with someone. A kind word and gesture of thankfulness goes a very long way.