One of the most enjoyable snail mail projects I worked on this year was a mini pocket flipbook for a swap in the Cup and Chaucer group on swap-bot. Cup and Chaucer, as you might have guessed, is a group of swap-bots who love mulling over a great literature with piping hot cup of tea.
I’d never done a flipbook before, but my interest was piqued by the theme–books! How could I resist? Besides sticking to the theme, the only other requirement was that we incorporate a pocket.
My “receive from” partner, AnnaM, created a beautiful flipbook–lots of purple and gold, pretty embellishments, and many thoughtful handmade items. Overall, it was an elegant flipbook, nicely presented.
This is how the flipbook came out of the envelope:
Here’s the front cover:
Flipbook Front Cover
And the back cover:
“There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as the faint subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.” –Arthur Conan Doyle
And everything in between [click an image for a closer look]:
Here’s a closer look at some of the tuck-ins [click an image for a closer look]:
Mini Envelope with Letter Tucked Inside
There was just so much “eye candy.” I remember doing the happy mail dance when I opened the package.
The swap came at a crazy time for me–April. The cruelest month. Remember? I didn’t even see an opportunity to work on it until the mail deadline date. I ended up grabbing a bunch of supplies on my way out the door one morning, working on it, and completing it in record time in my office (between classes, of course). I posted it on my way home.
I chose a color pallet and crafted without a plan:
It was early spring and I was happy to see and play with color again.
True to my “English professor” word, I finished the front cover last (I tell my students to write their essay introductions last).
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” –Charles Williams Eliot
Here’s the back cover and everything in-between [click an image for a closer look]:
My favorite part is Dickens’ Dream by Victorian artist Robert William Buss. I scavenged it from a mailer from one of the textbook publishers. The curly haired lady was also salvaged from an envelope or the back of a postcard.
The flipbook was 5 x 7 inches, a manageable size. It was bound with washi tape. I tucked in Jane Austen postcards, Project Life cards, star-shaped Post-it notes, washi tape, and paperclip bookmarks–something else I learned to do this year.
Making the flipbook was an easy and fun activity; I’m looking forward to crafting another one. If you’d like to make your own flipbook and need to see more of the process, here’s the YouTube video I reviewed before making my own:
Doesn’t this look like fun for a rainy day?