In order for this budget to work, the envelope I store the cash in needs to be cute.
So, I made it cute. You could use this for coupons, recipes, or storing receipts. Anything where cute is required to maintain order. In my life, cute is always required to maintain order. Another thing you can add to the envelope is this Organic Produce Guide that I found on my friend Tara's blog. (It's a cute way to remember what to always buy organic and what isn't as important).
- A piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper (double sided is best and easiest)
- Double sided tape
- Scissors, pencil
1. First, you need to make an envelope template. An A2 envelope perfectly fits cash and I wanted my envelope to be small enough to easily fit in my purse. It also fits well on a 12x12 piece of paper. I steamed it open using my teapot and some tongs. [I felt like some kind of secretary spy from the 40s or something.] Just don't burn yourself on the steam! Use the oven mitt! And the tongs!
Use the completely opened envelope to A. Trace on your 12x12 piece of paper or B. Trace on a piece of cardboard to use as a permanent template. I chose to do the latter.
2. Next, cut out the envelope from your chosen paper. The template is great because you can see what you are cutting and make sure everything is lining up.
5. Laminate the side of the envelope with the pocket. Cut the laminate slightly larger than the pocket part, then trim the laminate so it is even with the sides of the paper. This is the laminate I used:
Smooth the laminate as you go to get rid of any air bubbles or wrinkles (you could use a bone folder - I used my fingers).
6. Lastly, laminate the smooth side of the envelope, including the top flap. Leave about a 1/8" edge around the envelope, then fold it over to the pocket side to seal it all in!
This is the envelope before it is trimmed to an 1/8" edge.
7. Insert money and go SHOPPING!