Monday, April 13, 2020

Envelope Notebook using Garden Grove with Denise

Hello BoBunny Fans

I hope that you are all staying safe and well in these trying times.

Today I am sharing an envelope notebook/mini album using the beautiful Garden Grove.

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I am absolutely infatuated with little envelope notebooks, folios and mini albums currently and they have brought me such joy and fun in the creative process.
They are also fabulous little gifts and a great way to use up old envelopes and little scraps and bits of paper.

If you look on the web there are many tutorials on how to create these envelope notebooks/mini albums and so today I am not going to show you how to make one, but I would like to share some tips and tricks with you.

If you use older envelopes, you might find that they are rather thin, especially on the folds. So one way that you can re-inforce them, is with washi tape. This ensures that they won't split and will stay intact through all the opening and folding. See below.

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When making these notebooks, one also does not want too much bulk and so even though you add papers, photo's, pockets etc. a way of adding elements, without bulk, is stamping. These are lovely design elements and don't add bulk.

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In this notebook/album I added a little booklet of different sized papers etc. for journalling. This is a great way to use up little bits and pieces of patterned paper, of different sizes. I sewed the little booklet insert together and then adhered the back page to the notebook.

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Here is a look at the sewn centre below. I, again, added stamping and drew some pencil lines for journalling.

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I did create some pockets and for this pocket below, I added a stamped sentiment tag.

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A great way to add interest on pockets, is by creating a punched edge, as shown below. I used eyelets and thin twine for the tags.

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A design element that I use over and over and is so simple to do, is to use a fine-liner to go around the edges of the pages. It just gives them a finished and clean look. Faux stitching on the pockets also adds interest and is also a really easy design element. 

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I created a little video to show you all the little pockets, booklet and elements of this notebook/album.

Thanks ever so much for stopping by the BoBunny blog today and I hope that you are inspired to try something like this too! If you are like me, you may have quite a bit of time now to craft and time to spend at home. It is definitely food for the soul.

Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Grove, Adorable, Ambiance, Flutter, Postcards, Remember, Tranquility, Vibrant / Garden Grove
Stamps: Of Times Past, Family Heirlooms, Flourishes & Such, Expressions
Layered Chipboard: Garden Grove
Washi Tape: Garden Grove
Candy Dots: Family Heirlooms


  1. This is a gorgeous envelope with such lovely details. I love your work - always such attention to detail and clever little twiddles everywhere. Thank you so much for sharing. <3

  2. Very beautiful Denise! Those papers just arrived today at my store and am looking forward to playing with them and making one of these wallets as well! (I don't copy and will always put my own spin on things)