Saturday Review

Links to some posts you may not have read, or forgotten about, or just wouldn’t mind seeing again. (When you have almost 1,500 posts, it’s nice to pull up some new-to-you ones.) Theme for today is: inventive use of materials you already have in the house.

Make a travel journal using materials you probably have, like #10 envelopes. Write on the envelopes, store tickets and memorabilia in the envelopes. Also great for business travel: Store receipts, currency, luggage pick-up tags, and parking lot tickets in the envelopes.

File-folder accordion journal for use with postcards. What, you’ve never sent yourself postcards? It’s a wonderful surprise!

Carry your ICAD (index card a day) blanks and in-progress with you. Make a Tyvek take-along.

Book arts eye candy–grab a napkin before clicking on the link; you’ll be drooling over these amazing pieces.

Quinn McDonald forgets exactly what all is in those almost 1,500 posts herself. It’s like digging through an idea attic. Some old posts look like clothes from the 80s–all big shoulder pads and horribly dated, others still stand up well.


Office-Supply Journal Folder

Didn’t want to take the whole big journal, but wanted to take some papers to journal on. Looking around my office, I found a red file folder. I don’t like the color of red file folders, so I always have extras. But file folders are meant to hold papers, so the purpose was set.

I opened the file folder, and then folded each side to the center line. I left the tabs intact.

Then I folded up the long bottom side. I made the fold about two inches high. Now I had an accordion fold page holder. Except it was file-folder red. I used three colors of acrylic paint and a sponge, and sponged over the red. Using Titan Buff, Aztec Gold and Burnt Sienna, I created an irregular color pattern all over the folder.

You can display the cards or hide them while you are working on them.

As paper, I decided to take long postcards to write on. It created a completely different approach to journaling–postcards, not just from a location, but from the other side of my brain. Using the ephemera I found along the way, I made several postcards and sent them to me back at home, a reminder where I had been when I arrived back.

Folder held closed with a duct-tape belt.

The folder needed something to hold it closed, but easy to open. For that I reached to my old favorite—duct tape. The directions are below.

It’s a simple, useful, easy-to-make journal that you can make if you are in your office. It’s handy, holds a variety of papers, and looks pretty good–for a red file folder.

Tutorial for duct-tape belt for your journal

In the final step, adjust the size of the belt to fit loosely and comfortably around the journal.

-Quinn McDonald is a writer and journal artist whose book will be out in July.