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Notebook with Envelope Pockets

Make a favorite notebook or journal an organized repository for papers, business cards, and receipts by giving it a built-in pocket.




  • Colorful envelope
  • Glue strip
  • Notebook
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Fold back the flap of a colorful envelope (such as one from a greeting card), and moisten the glue strip with water. Position it on the inside of the notebook's cover, and press to attach. Secure the envelope's bottom corners with double-sided tape.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2008



Reviews (10)

  • Jennifer Bilton 10 Jan, 2014

    This was an easy and convenient solution for my needs. My only comment - double sided sticky tape doesn't seem strong enough for the size envelope I used, so I reinforced the front with cute washi tape, still a win! :)

  • gamesmama5 2 Jun, 2011

    great idea with the envelopes in notebooks, I've been doing this inside file folders for years. Thanks for the added idea.

  • nancymcpherson 2 Jun, 2011

    When we redid our kitchen, I put all of the appliance manuals, cabinet care, and counter surface care info in a notebook of folders carefully labelled. Same concept as your's but I just purchased the envelope notebook at a nominal cost.

  • elliebellie 29 Apr, 2011

    This is in the top ten of organizational tips regarding the organization of papers. Secretaries have been doing this for years. Office supply stores actually sell peel and stick clear pockets just for this purpose. You can line them with colored paper to make them more attractive than they are, and even laser print the paper with the contents of the envelope. Hope this helps. .

  • liannasr 29 Jun, 2008

    This is definitely one of those "Why didn't I think of that" ideas! I've been looking for ideas to reuse great colored envelopes I receive with cards. Thanks!

  • cul8rsteph 28 Jun, 2008

    i often use this idea when giving a journal as a gift. i stick an envelope inside the front cover then insert a hand written note, an inspiring quote or something suitable to the recepient. sometimes, i'll leave the flap and seal it with a sticker or envelope seal...

  • aingael_mama 24 May, 2008

    for the too tall items I was thinking of a ribbon attatched farther up the cover to slip them under. for the fridge: buy sticky magnet sheets and just stick the envelope to it!

  • Artus 21 May, 2008

    This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?!" Fabulous idea!

  • POOKIE2 20 May, 2008

    This could also be turned into a cute refrigerator mini-bulletin board.
    Use the envelopes for bills, receipts, tickets, and coupons. Put it on a light magnet backed board for the side or front of the fridge. Could also be a bulletin board for laundry room, etc.

  • LadyKay 20 May, 2008

    Great idea. I've been doing this for years, especially in my day-planner. However, a hint here: When items are as long or taller than the depth of the envelope, they tend to flop over or fall out. I came up with the idea of putting a second same-sized envelope upside down touching the bottom one(with flap under as above). It keeps those taller notes and pages in place. Enjoy!