Wandering around my local bookstore I spied the cutest box of notecards. Books and cats together? Yes, please! These little cuties deserve much more than just a brief note, so the Mailable Journal was born.
You need a card (one fold), paper (coordinate with the card or plain printer paper), paper cutter, pencil, sharp needle (#7 worked great) and crochet thread (or 1-2 strands of embroidery floss).
Measure the opened card. My card was 5 1/4 x 7 1/4, so I cut my paper to 5 x 7. I used 2 pieces of letter size paper to create an eight page journal. Make a sharp fold on your cut paper and line it up with the fold on the notecard. Clip everything together to hold it in place. Use your needle to pierce four evenly spaced holes in the fold of your paper and card.
Thread your needle with a single strand, but do not tie a knot in the tail. The first stitch goes in the third hole from the top, from outside (the card) to inside (the paper). Leave a tail of 3-4 inches, so that you do not accidentally pull it all the way through!
The final stitch goes in the first hole, inside to outside. Pull all of the strings tight. Run your loose ends under the outside thread, then pull together and tie tightly. Trim ends.
This one will even mail for standard letter postage. (Keep it under one ounce to avoid extra charges.)
I adore this little journal. It is simple and practical, slipping into a purse or pocket for notes on the run. My writing girls are working on poetry right now- I think we will use these to make poetry books!
What other uses can you create?