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{tutorial} getaway journal

Day #4 of May Arts / Graphic 45 Blog Week!

{tutorial} getaway journal

After receiving Graphic 45’s On the Boardwalk Collection, the crew at Piggy Bank Parties has been longing for a vacation getaway. We decided the next best thing would be creating a memory from last year’s beach getaway using Graphic 45 papers and May Arts ribbons!



Gather the following supplies:

  • Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive and HighTac Adhesive
  • Scrap Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pop-up Adhesive
  • Optional: Brayer



Ready? Here we go…

I love a lined envelope and it was a great excuse to use more of the On the Boardwalk Papers! Here’s a mini tutorial:



1. Trace the envelope flap and cut out. Note: It is not necessary to line the entire envelope unless it is clear or thin.



2.  Place the envelope on the template you created then move it 3/16” from the left side. Trace the side of the envelope and flap. Use the same technique on the right side and the top. The finished outline should look like a smaller version of the envelope (see Photo 6).



3. Use your template to create liners for each of the envelopes. Add adhesive to the flap portion of the liner only. Liners need to be able to move slightly and if they are tacked down inside the envelope there is a chance they will wrinkle the envelope.



4.  Fold the flap down and press firmly. I roll a brayer over the folded flap to crease the liner. Pre-scoring the liner is another option but in my experience the finished liners don’t fit the envelope as well.

5. To embellish the exterior flap of the envelope, trace only the flap portion of the template. Hint: Create a clear template using a transparency then you’ll see where on the paper you are tracing.



6. On the left envelope, add paper, your favorite May Arts ribbon and photos from the getaway.



7. On the right envelope, attach a paper postcard, letters and embellishments from Graphic 45.



8. I created Journaling Cards to slip in each envelope to write down memories from the getaway. Ta-Da!

I hope you’re inspired to create your own journal for the important events in your life using May Arts ribbon and Graphic 45 papers! I wanted to get you started with a little gift…


{Free Download} Journaling Card





  • Ribbon by May Arts  {Styles: AKB33 (7/8”) and 330-94 (1”)}
  • On the Boardwalk Collection, Die Cut Alphabet 2 and Kraft Envelope Album by Graphic 45

Blog Post By: Doris Driver

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  2. Lynda

    Fabulous journal!

  3. {vicki}

    great tut and
    thanks for the download

  4. Beth W

    This tutorial is the best-it can be adapted for so many occasions-I love it.Thank you for such a great week-I think it’s been my favorite so far.

  5. sue w.

    what a great envelope journal. thanks so much for sharing
    stamping sue

  6. Rosemary D

    love your getaway journal! fantastic project!

  7. Denise Coulter

    What an incredible journal!!! I want one! The journaling cards are fabulous. Thanks for sharing them with us 🙂

  8. Monika/buzsy

    Awesome! Especially love those journeling cards. :o)

  9. Karen B.

    Thanks for the free download and great instructions!

  10. Caroline hallett

    What a brilliant tutorial – thank you x

  11. DJ

    Terrific tutorial and such a creative Mini album!! Just wonderful project, THANKS!!!!
    The paper, The ribbon, there are no words!!! Wait, there is , BEAUTIFUL products, just gorgeous!!

  12. Su C.

    Awesome mini-album! Thank you for the detailed tutorial and free download!

  13. Rebecca Ednie

    This is fabulous! Now I have a great idea for the same paper that I have!

  14. AMy S.

    Love it, thanks for the tutorial!

  15. Rae Higgins

    I adore it! I’m so glad I found you through Graphic 45’s blog!

  16. Do {Piggy Bank Parties}

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments! Enjoy the journaling cards!

    Do and The Piggy Bank Parties Crew

  17. Sue Kithcart

    oh my that is so so cool

  18. Wendy Orme

    Thanks for the free download! I love journaling cards like that!

  19. ava

    I love tutorials and downloads to help create custom projects. Thanks for the details and great tutorial photo’s

  20. Janet Zeppa

    What a wonderful mini!!

  21. jen shears

    GREAT project- and a fab tutorial too! I linked your download up too- it’s terrific!!!

  22. Peggy Lee

    wow blown away with such a great project you have shared with us!!!! Can’t wait to play with Graphic 45 and May Arts goodies….whoooo love them

  23. mary

    I LOVE Graphic 45 and May arts…love the projects can’t wait to get my hands on both and play…

  24. Jan Hennings

    A great mini and love the journaling cards!

  25. Ronda A.

    LOVE the album…its beachy!! Thank you for the free journalling cards. I’ll use them a lot!

  26. Fayleen Tonkin

    Can’t wait to try this!

  27. Anne Thompson

    GREAT tutorial! I love this little album!!! Anne, yourmainestamper

  28. Rebecca

    awesome stuff and Graphic 45 just wonderful

  29. LorraineN

    What a beautiful mini-album! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions!

  30. Kelly massman

    I love journals–and this one is fantastic!

  31. Noreen

    What a wonderful travel journal! The brown envelope pages are perfect for collecting post cards, brochures, ticket stubs and memorabilia from your trip!

  32. Janet Sisk

    I am SO impressed! I love the instructions. THANKS!

  33. DeniseB

    Great tutorial. Thanks for all the step-by-step pics! Very easy to follow.

  34. Noreen

    What a wonderful idea for a travel journal! All those envelope pages are perfect for collecting post cards, brochures, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia!

  35. Corinne Harrison

    Wow! How gorgeous! Amazing tutorial – the step by step pics are awesome! LOVE!

  36. Elaine Allen

    Doris –

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and the fabulous journaling cards. That was so sweet of you. I love this little album, it has so much personality and each page is just gorgeous!

    Elaine Allen

  37. Doris Widder

    Love these envelope albums! Fabulous inspiration…makes me want to go make one right now! 😀

  38. Pam Loris

    What a fabulous journal! I love mini books, and this one is right up my alley! Thanks for the free download!!

  39. Lillian Child

    Simply amazing tutorial – I think I might even be able to make this turn out with those fabulous instructions. And how can I go wrong with Graphic 45 AND May Arts ribbons – oh my but they are beautiful!

  40. conniemelancon

    love this mini! thanks for the tutorial!!

  41. Tona

    What a great project!

  42. jengd

    Fantastic journal- love the Graphic45 papers with your ribbons! This would be great to take on the road!

  43. Donna

    This mini book is amazing! Great share! Thanks!

  44. Tammy s.

    Wow…what a great tutorial and what an excellent looking journal. So glad to have found you from Graphic45 blog.

  45. Agnieszka

    OMG, this journal is fantastic!
    I LOVE IT!!!!!

  46. Melissa Minor

    What a great project-can’t wait to try it! I love Graphic 45 papers and your ribbons!

  47. Lindy

    OMGoodness….I love this mini. Thanks for the tutorial!!!!

  48. Debby

    Wonderful mini-album. Thank you for the free download.

  49. Becky D

    Oh my goodness – my brain is on overload – all these fabulous ideas and gorgeous projects! I love this album. Thanks so much for the tutorial – I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  50. Charlene

    This is one of my favorite G45 paper packs! You’ve used it to perfection, Do! Thanks for the download, too!

  51. Heather

    I love these mini albums! The tutorial was very informative…thank you!


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