Friday 4 January 2013

Make your own envelope for the Midori Traveler's Notebook

It is easy to make a full-length kraft paper envelope for your notebook. Start by making a template from stiff card. You'll need a piece that is wider than A4. I started with a large, board-backed envelope and carefully separated the board from the paper.

With a ruler and pen, measure and mark up the board as shown in the diagram below.

Use a craft knife to cut out the shape along the red dotted lines. You now have a template that you can use again and again.

You now need some paper for the envelope. I recommend a roll of kraft paper rather than the folded sheets. That way the only creases will be the ones you make.

Draw around the template onto the paper and cut out the resulting shape. You now need to fold in the two long side flaps and use glue to attach one to the other. Then fold up the bottom flap and glue it in place.

Your envelope is now ready.

I like to use scissors to round off the corners of the top flap. You now have an envelope that is the perfect size to keep in your Midori Traveler's Notebook. You can either tuck it inside the cover of one of your inserts, or if you have a kraft file, you can stow it in one of the pockets. Don't have a kraft file? You can make one.

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