Letters to the Future – online workshop & kit


This letter and envelope themed workshop invites you to create a book of memories and letters to the future, resulting in a unique personal project or gift for a loved one.

This collaborative workshop with Artist & Writer Julie Galante was originally developed for Book Week Scotland and has resulted in some fabulous personalised books that celebrate the humble letter!

Via a series of online videos, tutorials, and writing prompts, Cass and Julie will lead you through the making process and provide you with writing guidance. We’ll discuss letter-writing as a means for communicating, storytelling, and processing our own thoughts. We’ll go through some writing exercises that explore themes of self-reflection, hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future, resulting in a hand-bound collection of uplifting, inspiring and poignant letters.

The book structure will involve making and decorating envelopes, stitching them together using an exposed French link stitch and adding a hard front and back cover – a great structure for storing your own writing as well as cards and letters you have received.

> A specially curated kit accompanies this workshop, this contains all the materials and optional tools to create your book, including – a range of recycled, vintage and decorative papers, stamps, and a few surprises… trust us when we say it will be a joy to open! Plus an all important teabag and biscuits to fuel your crafting!

> Or you can provide your own tools/materials using the comprehensive Kit List provided upon purchase, which includes measurements and links to recommended suppliers – see the materials list below for an overview of what you need and click here to purchase access to Art of Journalling without a kit.

What participants are saying about the Letters to the Future –

The attraction for me was the creative combination of writing and bookbinding. I loved it! It was a joy to explore the envelope book structure with Cass and then fill my fabulous creation with letters following Julie’s thoughtful prompts. I loved how the book and its content emerged together. I would totally recommend this course! – Rosemary

Materials/tools included in the kit…

  • Grey board
  • Selection of decorative and vintage papers
  • Split pins
  • Ribbon
  • Mix of paper/card
  • UHU glue
  • Thread
  • Stamps
  • Sealing wax
  • Tea and biscuits

Need the tools too? My bookbinding toolkit contains a set of great quality tools that you can use for this bookbinding project and beyond:

  • Cotton drawstring toolbag
  • Awl
  • Cork punch board
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Bonefolder
  • Bulldog clips x2
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

In addition to what is listed above, you will need to provide your own:

  • Scissors or craft knife/stanley-knife/rotary cutter (whatever you prefer to work with) for cutting paper
  • Cutting mat or chopping board
  • There is also the option to incorporate paper, materials, bits & bobs from your own collection


I am currently only posting kits to the UK, USA and Canada. Kits will be dispatched from Bookbinding with Cass HQ (in Edinburgh) via the Royal Mail on Thursdays. If you need your kit sooner please get in touch – bookbindingwithcass@gmail.com
*Please note: I am currently away on annual leave, all orders received after 28 February will be posted out on my return on Thursday 14 March 2024.*
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