I like making books. And I like making envelopes. I also sometimes write things down on tiny bits of paper and then have to find somewhere to stick them so they don’t get lost. On top of all that, I sometimes like to cut things out of newspapers or magazines and these cuttings form little piles which I fall over when I get up in the middle of the night to write something down on a small piece of paper.
Something had to be done to solve all of these problems (and the envelope-making is a problem because I probably have over a hundred unused handmade envelopes sitting around and it is getting ridiculous), and so behold the Envelope Book Thing. That’s what I’m calling it.
It is a hardback book in which all of the pages are envelopes, bound together to form a handy stuff-keeping recepticle. I used envelopes which I had made from a variety of sources – magazines, old calendars etc. – which gives the book a bright and jumbled look. In order of appearance, the envelopes depict: Scout Niblett, Alan Moore, Beth Ditto, the Hitcher from the Mighty Boosh, Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a Roy Lichenstein illustration, an illustration of a war demonstration, He-Man, Hiro from Heroes and a picture of garish 1970s living room. I think that if I make another one of these it might be themed but as a first go I just used a random selection. The paper used for both the cover and as endpapers is from a Green Stack of recycled papers from DCWV, which some kind people gave me for my birthday.
Enough waffle, here are some pictures:
That’s how it looks, but how does it feel? Well, I’m quite happy with it, though I think it is a bit too tight – it doesn’t quite open the way I would like it to. And it may be a touch wonky. As I plan to use this myself I’m not too worried but its something I will have to sort out if I make more.