You cut the corner of an envelope off and glue a scrapbook paper on the front.
My friend loves to read (like me!) so I figured she might have multiple books going at the same time (like me!).
My favorite bookmark. "Friend, if you don't like this one, you can send it back." :-) just kidding.
Stamp and ribbon. This one is nice too.
I have a special friend who has been hit with more than her fair share of troubles lately. Although, as I write that knowing that God will not give us more than we can bear, I wonder if there really is such a thing as "more than her fair share of troubles"? Anyway, as a mere human not able to see the big picture, it seems like she's just had one thing after another lately, and my job as her friend is to be an encouragement. So made her a book of notes! I got the idea from here. Of course, my strengths are not this lady's strengths, and vice versa, so I looked around to see what I could put in my book. In one of the books the other lady made, she included a bow tie. Obviously my girl friend does not want a bow tie, and I like to crochet, so I surfed the net on the lookout for little things I could make. I found this idea and made this one for her:
I looked through some old cards and found two that were perfect! I dug out some Japanese paper and wrote some verses on it. I surfed the net again (read: I looked on pinterest) and saw some mini envelopes, and I saw some little bookmarks. Hmm...Ideas started bubbling in my mind. I gathered all my supplies:
I used the brightly colored cardstock for the book, and sewed the pages together with the orange yarn. I stamped the front and back, with a sticker for added color.
Then I let my creative juices flow in figuring out how to put the whole thing together.
Folding the envelopes definitely took the longest. It took four tries, but I finally got the template the right size. I'm saving it forever so I don't have to go through that again! It's about 4 inches at the widest part and about 3 inches tall. On pinterest, the cool envelope to pin is in the shape of a heart, and I tried that, but this diamond worked much better. Here it is actual size. I don't know how you could get it, maybe put your paper on your screen and trace it?
So, that's my book of encouraging notes I made. It doesn't look at all like other people's books of encouraging notes, because theirs are much more scattered and cluttered and a lot more "homemade" looking. I like neat, tidy, and "handmade" looking. Notice the difference there? ;-) Not that there's anything wrong with other people's. I tried to make mine messier. It's just not me. And last but not least, well, maybe least too, my trash pile when I was finished with everything:
It was much higher in real life. And you can see my phone, but I didn't need it on this project. :-) Who can you encourage today? Even if you don't have the time or materials to make a book, there are other ways to encourage. :-)
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.