Making a Pocket From an Envelope

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Using pockets in your notebooks is a perfect way to store larger items or items that you don’t want to punch holes in. We use a lot of page protectors, but sometimes we make a pocket from a manila envelope.

Step One: Get Supplies

You need a manila envelope, a ruler, a pencil, scissors or guillotine cutter, and a hole punch. In this example, I repurposed the envelope that I got at homeschool convention registration. You don’t have to buy new envelopes. Recycle ones from mail or the office.

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Step Two:  Trim the Envelope

Cut off the flap of the envelope right below the metal clasp.

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Step Three: Hole Punch

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Step  Four: Make a Notch

This step is optional, but I like how a notch makes the contents peek out and ask to be looked at. Using your ruler, mark a notch as shown in the photo and cut it out only on the front side. Leave the back of the envelope whole.

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If desired, your child can label the envelope, stating what the contents are. If you repurposed an envelope with an address or other writing on it, you can cover that with a label or decorations.

The manila envelope makes a sturdy pocket that can withstand page turning and bulkier items.

Have you ever used an envelope for notebooking? Or do you repurpose other items to make pockets in your homeschool notebooks?

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Christine Reply

Oh my goodness, what a great idea! I’m a new reader. Thanks for the tip!

Amber Emory Reply

This is such a good idea!!

Nadene Reply

This is so neat and practical! I think we would use this for a theme study or to keep all the minibooks that go with the notebook page for notebooking/ lapbooking combinations.

Julie Reply

For a younger student, this would be good after making something to wear, such as Native American armbands or some sort of helmet. It would also be good for storing game pieces and gameboards or paper dolls relevant to the notebooking.

Wendy Reply

I love the envelope pockets!

Kathy Reply

I love the idea. It’s a great way to organize and the price is right. Thank you for the tip. :0)

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