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Making an Old book-Gratitude journal

Monday, March 10, 2014

My task this week was to create a gratitude journal from an old book. I looked around the house, but could not bear the thought of using any of MY books.
So off to Goodwill, I went, in search of the perfect sized book.
I found two candidates and $1 later, I was off to begin this journal making process.
I have no pictures of the destroying of the book phase...too afraid of
The last four days at work have been grueling, there was something about gutting that poor little book that appealed to me on a primal level

Here the book is gutted and almost beyond repair...oops!
I broke out my trusty DUCK...don't leave home without it...tape.

Now to cover up that cover...I want it to look like a quilt...scavenging around I find some old quilt blocks. A quick seam or two...and a NOT so quick seam rip or two::looking at my sign in my studio: KEEP CALM AND GET THE SEAM RIPPER:: and viola

The cover looks good, now for the pages. I used a fold and interlocking page system to create my pages from some 6X6 scrapbook pages. I have seen on Pinterest (anyone else addicted to the sight..yep, heard an Amen waaaay in the back! I heard there is a support group for that...I am Cynthia, I have way too many boards and too many ideas and I am not afraid to buy that paint!! Just sayin') journals with the pages sticking out the top and sides, but my OCD side would not let me, so I gave them a quick haircut:)

Here is a pic after I hot glued and duck taped my pages Looks great except it keeps flopping open..added two buttons and a hair tie the flat button works well on the back and the pretty shank button is perfect for the front.
Ahhh! Another one of my weaknesses 'em always have.

Well, there you have it! My homemade out of a ::gasp:: old book. I love it, it feels good in my hand, it is small enough I could tuck it in my bag and it has just the right amount of vintage appeal emoticon
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  • ADEVINE175
    emoticon Great!
    2337 days ago
    Beautiful! Love the use of fabric for the cover and the use of buttons!
    2338 days ago
  • JOJO_2013
    It is soooooo beautiful. The use of fabric and duct tape. I would have never thought to use it.
    I agree that the most difficult part of this assignment is finding the book. emoticon
    2342 days ago
    Hoe CLEVER!!!! It is beautiful!!!! I am with HM........I tend to be a button snatcher too!!!! I LOVE old buttons!!!! emoticon emoticon
    2342 days ago
    hahahahaha!! How absolutely REFRESHING!! I never thought of fabric covering a book and the buttons are PRICELESS!! Beware the button snatcher emoticon
    who is known to SNATCH 'em right out from under many a' noses and occasionally comes in many disguises emoticon "Who me?!! Why noOOOoooOOO, do I look like zee amazinK I mean, zee no-torious buttonZZZ snatcher?!!" emoticon bwah hahahaha!! ::twists mustache:: I love your blog and I love your ::looks both ways for the book police:: old book journal, and that cartoon is HILARIOUS!! Looks like something, my DH would think up to 'do' at the park!! LOL!!
    2343 days ago
    love it, you did good
    2343 days ago
  • POPSY190
    What an attractive piece of work! BUT the thing that made me howl with laughter was the cartoon. emoticon Former teacher here - history and English (oubliettes, stocks come to mind!!) I occasionally would fantasise about an electric cow prod!
    2343 days ago
    This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!
    2343 days ago
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