Printable mini guided journal and envelope template

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I’ve had such fun creating an ever-growing collection of handmade envelopes with mini accordion journals tucked inside! I thought you might want to give it a try, too, so I’ve created a new, free printable page and a quick tutorial to get you started.

If you’d like to create your own mini accordion journals and envelopes, start by downloading and printing my mini envelope and journal template. (The file includes two page sizes. The first page is letter sized. The second page is A4.) You’ll also need a pencil, scissors, tape or glue, and extra paper for making your envelopes.

Begin by cutting out the envelope template and mini journals. For the mini journals, I like to cut just inside the dashed lines so they don’t appear on the journals.

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Next, trace the outline of your envelope template onto the back of your chosen paper and cut it out. I’m making two envelopes, one for each mini journal.

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Now for the folding. With your envelope paper face down, fold the side tabs in toward the center using the dotted lines on the envelope template as a guide.

For the mini journals, I like to start by folding them in half, so that the top and bottom meet and the words are on the outside of the fold.

Fold the envelope bottoms up and over the side tabs, again using the dotted line in the envelope template as a guide, and apply glue or tape to attach the bottom to the sides. Then fold down the envelope top.

For the mini journals, fold the tops and bottoms in half again so that they meet up with the centre fold.

Insert your folded journals into your new envelopes and you’re finished!

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You can record your answers to the prompts now and attach your envelopes to your journal or you can tuck your envelopes into a tote or backpack for a little journaling on the go.

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I hope you’ll love this little journal project. If you’d like to try making more envelopes of different sizes and shapes and more mini journals, I’ve also posted a brand new printable handmade journal and envelope kit in the shop.

As always, happy journaling, friends!

 

Cloud journal

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This week, I’m working on a new set of prompts and a tutorial for my mini accordion journals and envelopes. In the meantime, I thought I’d share this little cloud journal I put together with a few scraps from my paper stash. At first, I thought it might be a fun weather journal, but now I think I’ll fill it with my most unconventional ideas. (The list continues to grow!)

What are you up to today?

 

"word confessions" mini accordion journal (and handmade irregular envelope, of course)

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My recent experiments with handmade irregular envelopes wouldn’t be complete without a few irregular prompts. I made a super-simple, three-prompt, mini-accordion guided journal to tuck inside my latest teeny tiny envelopes. And the prompts are . . . well, they’re a little unusual . . . a lighthearted look at the words confuse and amuse us.

My word confession for the day is that I’m never entirely sure if I’m using the word “ironic” correctly. (Is that ironic? I have no idea.)

How about you?

 

Handmade mini guided journals and envelopes

This little collection is both very much like and not at all like my other journals.

In the very much department, the each of the ten envelopes pictured above contains a mini guided journal, lightning round, or single journal prompt featuring prompts very much like the ones you’ll find in my printable journal pages.

In the not at all department, and in a departure from my usual digital format, each tiny* journal and envelope is carefully and thoughtfully handmade. I’ve loved sourcing a variety of papers for the journal covers and envelopes and I’ve hand sewn the binding in each journal.

(*They are truly tiny. The journals measure 1.75”x2.25” and the largest envelopes are 2.5”x2”. It gets smaller from there.)

I’ll grant you, these journals are a little unusual. Maybe more than a little. But to me they feel joyful. They hint at the delight to be found in journaling purely for the unexpected discoveries. Who knows what you’ll find in each tiny envelope? Even better, who knows what you’ll learn about yourself with each prompt and where it might lead you?

If you’d like to take a closer look, I’ve posted more images and information over on my new handmade page.

 

Journals in progress

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I’m up to five mini guided journals, each with five different prompts on five themes. There are still a few details to be worked on and sorted out on the inside pages. The text spacing’s not quite right and the prompts need a bit of tweaking, but I love the size (1.75”x2.25”) and the colourful covers and stitching. After that, I’ll just have to figure out what to do with them.

What kinds of details are you working on and sorting out today?