Inside front cover and first envelope:
Middle of book:
Back of last envelope and inside back cover:
Here are the details of how I made this book. I didn't have any envelopes the right size to hold ATCs, so I decided to make my own (well, there wasn't anything in the directions that said we had to use store bought envelopes LOL). Using printer paper, I made a template, making sure it would hold an ATC and still have room at the edge for binding.
I have some great paper in large sheets with bold designs that come from Thailand, that I've been wanting to use. I love how this paper has almost a fabric feel, and is flexible to work with. I took one of the sheets and cut out eight envelopes, using my template. I used the Score-it to mark the score lines. This helps me to "see" where the folds will be when I'm doing my stamping before gluing the envelope together.
On each envelope, I stamped floral flourishes in orange Distress ink. Stamped the word "Art" on what will be the opening flap using black Versafine ink. I had 4 different large A stamps that I used for variation. I stamped a different art related quote on what will be the back side of the envelope pages with black Versafine ink. After the pages were stamped, I glued 3 of the flaps together to create the envelope pages. I used a brad and metal clip to create a fastener to hold down the opening flap (this can be seen in the second and third pictures above).
For the outside covers of the book, I stamped a floral flourish with orange Distress ink on the same paper. Words were stamped on with black Versafine ink. I colored 3 alphabet beads, spelling A-R-T, with caramel alcohol ink to give them an aged look, and sewed them on with brown thread. These papers were glued onto this cardboard, slightly larger that the size of the envelopes. Later I would glue on white grosgrain ribbon to both of these outside front and back covers to make a tie. Also added an image over the ribbon on the front (the edges of the image were colored with this same orange Distress ink).
For the inside covers, I cut out pieces from an old map. Rubbed on orange Distress ink, spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool.
Then added brown Distress ink with a damp paper towel.
Whoever my swapping partner turns out to be, can fill the envelopes as they please, but they are just the right size to hold ATCs.