As the hostess of "Mail Me Some Art" I get a lot of mail every week.
Many of the envelopes people use to send their swap items are works of art themselves. Sometimes I reuse them, but since most of my own mail art takes the post card form, I don't use that many envelopes. Some are just too beautiful to recycle, so they've been piling up in a basket.
I finally had a great idea for using them.
I turned them into pages in a hand-bound journal!
I folded each envelope in half, and used three envelopes per signature.
There are 8 signatures, and I used a long-stitch binding.
It's pretty fat, so I incorporated a stretchy band into the back cover so I can hold it closed.
The front and back covers came from a cardboard envelope sent to me by Valerie. The spine is duct tape.
I'm not sure what I'll use it for, but I'm in love with this book.
Here's a shaky one-handed flip-through if you want to see a little more.