Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What to do with junk mail

Hip Mountain Mama has a great challenge going on right now - One Small Change. The idea is that each month, starting in January, you make one small environmental change, leading up to Earth Day in April. Great! But what do I begin with? We've cut our weekly trash production in half, I make all of my own cleansers, use cloth napkins, have energy efficient bulbs, and all of the typical first green changes. We buy all organic foods, make pretty much everything from scratch, and even make my own herbal remedies, so I had to think for awhile... and then it came to me - junk mail! What could I do with junk mail, besides recycling? Make a book, of course! I've made three to date, one which will be a tutorial, but let's begin with my favorite - the envelope book.

Normally, the junk mail goes straight into the recycling bin, but with this project, I saved it all for the first week. I was amazed at how many envelopes I received. Not just from bills (almost all of mine are electronic now), but from magazine and credit card offers, mass mailings and more. Letter sized paper is easy to work with, but what do you do with envelopes? For this little book, I simply folded them in half, added a scrapbook paper scrap for a cover, and stapled. A few micron pens and scrap pieces of paper later, we have a book of wisdom gleaned from instruction manuals and warning tags.


  1. Your blog is the next blog after mine right now and I'm totally in love with your journals! Fabulous job... I'm going to be keeping my eye on you! :)

  2. Wow! Is just about all I can say. I've never clicked that next blog thing on the top and today decided to give it a shot and wow here is your blog with amazing work. I will be back to visit often. Such inspiration. And I agree explore the art and especially with our wonderful kids. Have a great day.

  3. What a cool idea. I hate throwing so much junk away but I can't stand having it in my house!

  4. Skooks-

    It's a great idea and I do it all the time! Try it out and send us photos of what you come up with and we'll post it in our gallery!!!

    Thanks for stopping by!!!

    x Kim

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  6. What did you use for the cover to make the book?

  7. Love this project! In fact, I adapted it for a workshop I gave at a free community maker festival: http://www.travelcraftjournal.com/southwest-maker-fest-2016/ And people kept asking about them, so I showed how I made my version (with a link back to your site) here: http://www.travelcraftjournal.com/envelope-journal/

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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