Always Sparkle - Envelope Book Tutorial by Sue

Good afternoon and happy Saturday, welcome to the weekend! It's Sue here with my envelope book.

Making your own books and journals is very popular at the moment, and I wanted to have a go. I also wanted to use supplies that I had already as it's just after Christmas and I'm already in 2022's craft budget.

So I have quite a few of these -  Colour Craft lustre paints.

Loads of these - rather posh DL pearlised envelopes. I bought a box full in a closing down sale, so have a box full less 3!

And these, my favourite bright StazOn inks. So to work (well play really, I'm making it all up as I go along)

I started by painting my envelopes with the paints, then added some stencilling in a contrasting colour.

I've used totally different colours so that I've got a choice of colours for my toppers.

I've used metallics on this one and they are really nice!

For the 'in between' envelopes I've used my favourite inks and dabbers for very quick and easy coverage.

Next it was time to add some background stamping. I've used stamps from the Round In Circles plate, and Vintage Script (ATC)

This is how the envelopes join together. They're self seal so you just stick the sticky flap inside the next one. This made colouring the 'dabbed' ones interesting, as you coloured one side to match one painted envelope, and the other to match another, so that when you flipped it open the two 'pages' went together.

This is how it looks when it's all joined together. I've not inked all of the envelope as the topper will cover most of it. You can just keep adding to it by adding a painted and a dabbed envelope.

When I think it's full enough I will just make a 'dabber' envelope page in yellows and greens to match the front page, then I can seal it all up with the sticky part of the front envelope!

For the front cover I've stamped and embossed Merry Magpie and coloured him with sparkle pens. I've also stamped and embossed the sentiment from Something Wonderful, together with the numbers from Pick A Number.

You still have 4 days to join in with our current colour/and/or Make it Vintage theme, so I hope you join us.
Have a lovely weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx

Everything can be found here.


What an absolutely fantastic idea Sue, great way to use up those envelopes. My craft budget has long gone over into the red!!
Donna xx
Bibi Lindahl said…
Fabulous idea, Sue! I want to try this, have oodles of envelopes I could use. It's always fun reading your posts, funny girl! I can't remember having spent anything of my 2018 craft budget yet, I'm waiting for the new Oxide inks! Those bright StazOns you've used looks quite tempting, too ... Thanks for sharing! ♥ ♥ ♥
Sue said…
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Sue said…
Thanks Donna xx
Sue said…
Thank you Bibi xx
Anonymous said…
Oh Sue, this is beautiful. Book-marked it, so I can have a go! xx
Gorgeous Sue, love the colours and stitching . Tracy x
Just awesome! Beautiful❣️ I’m a book/journal maker addict too 😉
Ink Art Designs said…
What a brilliant idea Sue! I am going to have a go at this. I've never made a book/journal so this might be a great way for me to give it a go. Thank you for the inspiration x.
Sue said…
Oh thank you She, you must let me see what you make xx
Sue said…
Thanks so much Tracy xx
Sue said…
Thank you Melina :-D xx
Sue said…
Thanks Dot, it's really easy, and if it goes wrong it's only an envelope xx
The happiest of projects come to life when we just get to have a play. Love your envelope book Sue, it's a great way to show off your designs. Beautiful cover, really sets it all off and would make a fabulous gift. Love it!
Hugs Tracey xx
Mary R. said…
would love to make this Envople book really cute

Sue said…
Thank you Tracey, I knew how I wanted it, and once I'd got my head around which flap went where it was simple. Not TOO many envelopes were hurt in the process ;-) xx
Marjeta said…
Fantastic yob.
Love the embossed shimmer of the bird - fabulous inspiration post!
Alison x
Sue said…
Thank you Marjeta xx
Sue said…
Thank you so much Alison xx
Mia said…
What an amazing idea, Sue. Thank you sooooooo much for the inspiration, my friend. Your book-envelope is fantastic. Kisses!
Oh Sue, you would not believe it but I have a stack of these envelopes with an elastic band round them, saved them from the bin and kept saying I would make something with them, you've beaten me to it! and it looks great. Happy crafting, Angela xXx
Unknown said…
Beautiful and great idea Sue!!
Loving all kind of envelope books made from scratch, that's so fun to do. Yours is very lovely, it looks quick to create combining several easty and fun techniques (thanks for the process :)), and the cover gorgeous!!
Hugs, xx
Sue said…
Ha ha, great minds Angela, have a lovely week xx
Sue said…
Thank you Corinne, yes it was fun to make :-) xx
Susanne Rose said…
Amazing work Sue! I love this idea!!!

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