Connie Stuart turned me onto these $2 journals at Michael's. The pages of these journals are the kraft paper that I adore. I was excited to get them. The cover was decorated already with a cute image, but I decided to embellish them further. I added a new face on the girl, some collage elements and transparency. See my before and after. It's a great deal for $2.
|Left: original - Right: mine|
The other day, I was looking through the latest issue of Cloth, Paper & Scissors and found this great idea - an altered bill fold. They used a plain manila folder and folded it. They embellished it with paper and sewing. I couldn’t wait to try this!. I had discovered some "kraft" folders at my craft depot – so this was going to be perfect project. I’m going to make one for each month and store my receipts in there.
Step 1. Fold in each side in half, lengthwise.
Step 2. Fold up the bottom 3".
Step3. Cover with paper and sew down edges to form pockets. Use strong tape (e.g. 7 Gypsies gaffer tape) to hold binding.
Hope you give them a try.