If you’re not familiar with Letterboxing it’s about time someone sheds some light on it for you. Here’s what’s up.
Someone carves a stamp, makes a mini book, and puts them both in a weatherproof box. They then hide it in the forest (or park or public building) and write instructions on how to find it. They post these instructions on Atlas Quest or Letterboxing.org and people like you and me try to find them! When we go letterboxing, we bring our own personal stamp, an inkpad, a pen, and a logbook. If we are successful in finding the hidden letterbox, we’ll stamp our stamp in the letterbox logbook and then stamp the letterbox’s stamp in our own personal logbook. Our logbooks become a collection of awesome stamps that remind us of all the boxes we’ve found and who we found them with! I, personally, have only planted one letterbox, but I have plans to plant many more! Letterboxes are everywhere and many times they are hidden in plain sight! Check out those websites if this interests you and you can get started!
My first logbook is starting to get full. My friend Ashley from Canada came to visit me here in North Carolina and we found 21 boxes when she was here! We were going crazy! You couldn’t stop us! Can’t stop- won’t stop!
SO it was time I made myself a new logbook. I learned a few things after I made my first one that hopefully I have corrected in this version. But if you’re not interested in the DIY, at least stay for the mathematical Lumpy Space manicure at the end. 😀
YOU’RE GONNA NEED:
3+ sheets of 8.5×11 cardstock. I used all white.
Old magazines or scrapbook paper. (I used my husband’s WIRED magazines. They were beautiful and totally perfect.)
Scissors and/or box-cutter
Embroidery floss or 2 feet of fine weight scrap yarn
Tapestry needle (blunt or sharp)
Start by cutting your cardstock sheets in half (hamburger style). I used a metal ruler and a box-cutter to get nice straight lines! Then fold all your half-sheets in half. Nest each of your pages inside one another like a book. (y’know… cause it’s gonna be a book)
Set aside one of the pages for your cover. For my cover I made a 1x1x1 inch equilateral triangle out of thin cardboard to use as a template. If you have a paper punch in a perfect triangle shape you should definitely use that, because cutting tiny triangles takes a long time and any way to expedite that is an A+ in my book. I cut my magazine pages in long strips and then traced the triangle shape along the strip and cut out the triangles that way.
Practice laying out designs and find color schemes you like. I cut a bunch of triangles in colors I like and then just glued them on pseudo-randomly. I picked a page with light grey and white text as my background and then glued my colored triangles on top. It doesn’t have to be perfect either- mine isn’t!
After you get your cover the way you like, give it a good poor-man lamination job with box tape. This will make it a little more water-resistant and durable.
Measure 1.5-2 inches from each edge along the fold and mark it with a small pencil dot (so you have 2 dots. See image below). This is where you are gonna poke holes so we can stitch the book together. You could use staples if you want, but I definitely didn’t have a beefy enough stapler for this job. After you mark every page so they line up, you’re gonna poke holes on the dots. I used my box cutter and just swiveled it around to make a semi-decent hole. If you have a tiny hole puncher that can reach, I recommend that. You could also use a needle and a hammer, but that just screams ‘terrible idea’.After your holes are punched and lined up, begin threading on the inside of the book. I like to tie a knot about 3 inches from the end of the string leaving a nice tail for when I tie it off. Sew through all pages to the outside cover, carry the string along the spine and down through the second set of holes back to the inside. Do this 2 more times ending on the inside. Cut your thread so your tails are the same length and then knot it in the center and trim excess. After you tie those off, you’re all finished! Feel free to embellish and personalize to your heart’s desire!
And don’t forget to match your manicure to your art projects whenever possible!This shade of purple is perfect for whenever I’m channelling Lumpy Space Princess!Believe it or not, I just cut tiny little stars out of magazine paper and stuck them on with clear coat. And before you ask, YES. It is tiring being this cool 😉