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Create an Art Journal You Can Mail

Hey guys, I have a fun post to share with you! Today, Those of us on the Get Messy Art Journal Creative Team are celebrating diversity in art through a blog hop and giving away one annual membership. Read through to the bottom of the post to find out how to win!

To start at the beginning of the Hop, Head over to Cait's blog!


Today I wanted to share a project I've been wanting to do for a while now- An art journal that you can send through the mail! With no extra packaging! 

This journal was inspired by Moleskine's Postal notebook, which is an 8 page notebook with envelope flaps! I loved the idea and wanted to try and make my own customizable version! So I did!


And because I'm pretty cool, I also made a template for you if you'd like it! 

How to make your own version-
1. Use the template to cut out a cover for your envelope journal from cardstock.
2. Fold the flaps in to crease them, unfold.
3. Cut mixed media papers for the inside (or other types of paper! Feel free to use what you like) to 7"x5" and fold them in half to 3.5"x5".
4. Place your inside papers on top of the cover cardstock and stitch down the middle, right through the crease.


To mail the journal (after filling it up!), just fold up the flaps, add a bit of tape to the back and address/stamp the front! I used 2 stamps to mail mine, but depending on how thick your finished journal ends up being you may need less or more postage.

This was a super easy journal to put together!

I decided I wanted to turn it into a quote themed art journal for a friend. I kept it simple by going through and making a bunch of fun backgrounds, and then adding the quotes on top using a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. 

In this journal I used acrylic paints, markers, washi tapes, magazine pages and gelli prints. A lot of different techniques, but I kept each page pretty simple, so I whipped this journal up in a day!



I really love how this little journal turned out and now I want to make even more mail-able journals! They're almost like a zine!   What would you create a journal about? Random art, or would you do a theme (like I have done quotes)?


To continue participating in the blog hop, Your next stop is the ever talented Zinia

To enter the giveaway to win one annual membership to Get Messy , just leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop. The more blog comments you leave, the higher your chance of winning! The winner will be announced on Saturday on Lauren's blog.



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37 comments:

  1. I cannot get enough of this!! <3 <3 <3

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  2. So awesome!!!!! and thank you for the pattern. I think I'd do a themed book, and I know exactly who to send it to. It is kind of like a zine.

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  3. I love Moleskine notebooks, but have never tried the postal notebooks. I definitely plan to make my own postal notebook soon. I love how your notebook turned out.

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  4. What a thoughtful gift? Can you do this without stitching or sewing?

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    1. It has to have some sort of binding to hold the inner pages in. Glue might be possible, but whatever the binding is can't be too bulky or you may have to add more postage instead of just a stamp. You could stitch it by hand if you don't have a sewing machine.

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  5. Well this is amazing ! Now I have yet another thing I want to do haha. Thanks Katie ! xx

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  6. Katie! This is just amazing. The proof that you don't have to spend money on art supplies, you can make your own! I'm so excited to try this, thank you x

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  7. Fabulous post!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is such a fabulous idea!! I feel like I would have a hard time letting my art journal go, but maybe this is would be a good practice! Now I have to think of someone to make one for & what theme I would choose. I'd likely use quotes too because I love hand lettering on my journal pages. Maybe I'll make one for one of my artist friends. (I also love the Arches stamp you used! One of my favorite places to visit!!) Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Thank you, Alicia, but I totally didn't use any stamps in this journal?!

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    2. I think she meant your postage stamp. 😊

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    3. The postage stamp! I hiked to Delicate Arch last summer so I Love that stamp too :)

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    4. Ah, that makes so much more sense! I clearly had not had enough caffeine when I read her comment! :) Aren't the national park stamps so fun?? I'm hoarding a Mount Rainier stamp.

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  9. This is just a fun and creative project. I love the mail theme.

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  10. Love this and so handy to pop in the post -what a lovely surprise it'd be for the recipient

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  11. What a great idea with the envelope art journals!

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  12. That is one awesome template. And I might change the dimension to store my A6 art pieces. So thanks for the template!!! *muacks muacks muacks!!!*

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  13. I'm a mental health practitioner and I run my own business. I'm about to launch some youth art journalling workshops and would love to win the Get Messy membership so I can share the wealth of information with my clients! This cute little idea would be a perfect idea for my workshops!

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  14. This project could have many applications!thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  15. Wow! This is so great!
    Early this year, I painted a few Moleskine postal notebooks, and absolutely loved it!

    It was so much fun thinking about a big birthday card, or Mother's day card.

    I didn't think about it though.
    Thanks for a great idea :-)

    xxx
    Val

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  16. This is beautiful, actually I have been lucky to receive one of the Moleskine journal enveloppes for my birthday, an awesome surprise! The quotes are a great idea!

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  17. OMG I absolutely LOVE this tutorial. The mailable journal is an awesome idea. So cute! Thanks for sharing it with us and for the blog hop and chance to win a Get Messy membership. That would be divine!

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  18. What a lovely thing to get in the mail! Also I love Haruki Murakami too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful idea.

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  19. I like what I see here especially those scissors 😬 The more I look the more I want to spend.

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  20. This is so great!! I absolutely love the mail art movement. And what better way to celebrate than by mailing a book of lovely art work?!

    My best friend just moved away. I think I'm gonna try to make her one of these and mail it her way!

    I'm sure it'll brighten her day! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  21. I cannot believe this journal is in my hands! Its GORGEOUS and so perfect. I'm an avid quote collector and you've included such beautiful words for me. Thank you so much for your sweet gift. I can't wait to make some and to return the gift of art ❤

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  22. You are amazing - why did I not think to make my own????? Instead I bought some! Such an awesome idea Katie.

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  23. I love the idea of an art journal with inspiring quotes!

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  24. I hope it's ok to post more than o ce since I love your work and live the blog hop and REALLY want to win the contest! 😉

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  25. love, love, love this - just my size, love the quotes with the art work - i would do one just like this, only, you know, different because it's me and not you :)

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  26. What a cool idea! I definitely want to try this out!

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  27. I was going to make a template, too. Ha! Now I don't need to! Thank you! I love to send little art journals away, they are little happy makers!

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  28. This is the sweetest, smartest, coolest idea. You are rad!

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  29. This is such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing the template. I would definitely do a themed envelope art journal. So many possibilities!

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