Want some free envelope templates? Links are below. I've been experimenting with envelopes in my junk journals, and I've come up with some fun new ways to make them and use them. I also came up with some new ways to use those ubiquitous junk mail envelopes.
This template makes adorable horizontal envelopes in two sizes: About 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" and 3" x 4 1/4". They look great made out of kraft paper, vellum, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, book pages, sheet music, magazine pages, anything!
All you do is cut out the shape and fold all edges in to create a rectangle. Then you put glue on the edges of the side tabs and fold up the bottom. This video has full instructions if you want to watch it: Envelope Video
I made these envelopes from old book pages.
This coin envelope is super fun to make and use. I have a free template for this envelope and the horizontal envelopes above here: Envelope Templates
Here is an article with full instructions on how to make it: How To Make a Coin Envelope
And here's a link to a kit that comes with everything you need: Coin Envelope Kit
Use Envelopes in Junk Journals
I used a small yellow envelope to decorate the blue striped pocket on this page. I decorated it with a sticker and used it as a pocket for ephemera and stickers.
I decorated the yellow page above with a coin envelope that I made out of printed cardstock. All I did was put some nice writing paper in the envelope and then use a decorative paper clip to attach it to the top of the page.
This whole spread is full of envelopes! The two pockets on the left are stuffed with tiny envelopes (with writing paper). And the whole right side is covered with 6 tiny envelopes that I used as pockets for ephemera and stickers. So fun!
The tag in the pocket on the left is topped with a tiny blue envelope that is held on by a paper clip. It adds a decorative touch, and the writing paper in the envelope gives you a secret journaling spot.
Use Up Those Junk Mail Envelopes!
Junk Mail Envelope Tag and Pocket
This pretty tag and pocket is made from a junk mail envelope. (The envelope I used had a bigger window than the envelope I show above.)
I cut out the window, decorated it, and glued it to cardstock around 3 sides. Then I made a tag to slip into the pocket and show through the window.
The tag also has a pocket, which I stuffed with writing paper as a secret journaling spot
Junk Mail Envelope Triple Pocket
I trimmed the short edges of this envelope so the whole thing opened up. Then I decorated it with stamping and washi tape.
I sealed the edges of the envelope flap with glue to make a short pocket along the bottom (It's edged with washi tape). Then I glued the envelope to the journal page along the bottom and sides, forming a top pocket between the page and the envelope. Since I cut the sides of the envelope open, they also serve as a third, side pocket. This video has full instructions if you want to see more: Envelope Video
Make a Pretty Pocket From a Junk Mail Envelope
I cut around the top and sides of a window envelope, leaving the back of the envelope attached. Then I glued a pretty picture onto the inside.
Then I flipped the flap up and sealed all edges to make a sturdy pocket front. I wanted to decorate it with washi tape, but the black markings on the envelope showed through. So I used Wite-Out to cover them before applying the washi tape.
Then I applied glue to the sides and bottom and put my new pocket into my junk journal.
I hope you got some good ideas from this post. Let me know if you have any questions.