Last January, we decided to make individual reading goals and keep a list of what we’ve read. We’ve never made New Year’s resolutions before, but since we were all interested in pushing ourselves to read more it worked. I used one of my ring bound journals, added larger pieces of paper to divide it into four sections and stamped the top corner of each page with the person’s first initial. Keeping the book journal on the living room table made it easy to remember to write down everyone’s books. Until September. When we cleaned off the table. That said, everyone met their reading goal. I read over 110 books. My goal this year is actually to read less and do more art. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are they?
I just got a bunch of miscut north Alabama topographical maps. They have really interesting place names like Bugaboo Mountain and Looney Hollow as well as lovely green and brown patterns. I try to balance aesthetics, functionality and environmental responsibility when making journals. One of the lovely things about the topo paper is that when used as interior pages, you can still use both sides of the paper to write on. Often, only half of the pages in upcycled journals are actually useable. Very happy I was able to get these. The fabric I’m using on some of these is also upcycled. They are samples from a local fabric store. Too small to be used for much, but great, high quality fabrics for covering books.
Here’s a photo album I just finished for twin baby girls. It is two books combined into one, honoring their differences as well as their relationship as twins. Each side opens up to a piece of vellum embossed with the baby’s name and then space for up to 40 photos of each child. This book was a fun challenge. I have more books in my ArtFire shop, but please contact me if I can help you with something more customized.