Rustle up your craft supplies and load your glue guns ‘cuz it’s…
In 13 days, 15 hours, 53 minutes and 4 seconds, J and I are hitting the road for our 10th wedding anniversary trip. We’re heading back to where we were married—Mackinac Island, Michigan. We had planned to renew our vows on our 10th anniversary surrounded once again by our family and friends on the Island. Life has a funny way of not going as we plan it and we decided that a “just the two of us” celebration was exactly what we needed.
I’ve thrown a lot of huge shindigs but most of my favorite memories are from small, intimate celebrations. Sometimes these celebrations last one night, over a weekend with close friends or maybe a whole week with a special someone. I love to gather mementos from these celebrations and write down special memories in a journal. Today I wanted to share a lil’ journal I created last year for May Arts.
It’s a “Getaway Journal” but you can create one for any occasion!
- 9”of May Arts Ribbon per page
- Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Collection
- Graphic 45 Die Cut Alphabet 2
- Graphic 45 Kraft Envelope Album
- Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive and HighTac Adhesive
- Scrap Cardstock
- Pop-up Adhesive
- Optional: Brayer
I love a lined envelope. It’s like a little surprise when you open the flap! Here’s a mini tutorial:
1. Trace the envelope flap and cut out. Note: It is not necessary to line the entire envelope unless it is clear or thin.
2. Place the envelope on the template you created then move it 3/16” from the left side. Trace the side of the envelope and flap. Use the same technique on the ride side and the top. The finished outline should look like a smaller version of the envelope (see Photo 6).
3. Use your template to create liners for each of the envelopes. Add adhesive to the flap portion of the liner only. Liners need to be able to move slightly and if they are tacked down inside the envelope there is a chance they will wrinkle the envelope.
4. Fold the flap down and press firmly. I roll a brayer over the folded flap to crease the liner. Pre-scoring the liner is another option but in my experience the finished liners don’t fit the envelope as well.
5. To embellish the exterior flap of the envelope, trace only the flap portion of the template. Hint: Create a clear template using a transparency then you’ll see where on the paper you are tracing.
6. On the left envelope, add paper, your favorite May Arts ribbon and photos from the getaway.
7. On the right envelope, attach a paper postcard, letters and embellishments from Graphic 45.
8. I created Journaling Cards to slip in each envelope to write down memories from the getaway. Ta-Da!
I wanted to get you started on creating your own journal with a little gift…
I hope you’re inspired to capture those special celebrations in your life!