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Two-year-olds are a wealth of fantastically funny quips and quirky bits of knowledge and so naturally we parents like to jot down these little jewels when we get a chance.  These baby journals are really the same screw-post albums that I’ve been making over the past year or so.  They’re filled with upcycled ledger sheets (no one needs these anymore at Jeff’s work and so they come home in quantity for me) and old grading books (no one is using these anymore either and mom is a recently retired school teacher) and plenty of pretty papers to boot.  I imagine that along with lists of funny expressions, little photos could be adhered to the decorative papers and little drawings done on the blank pages.  At the end of it all (and there are so many many pages before the end of these albums) lies a darling little keepsake full of all the cute and sweet that begs to be remembered.  These were made for other babes, but with 5 months already logged,  Soren is going to require his own album before too long.  I’ll need to capture every drip of adorable and every drop funny of that springs from the mouth of my own little babe….

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The birthdays of my chirpy pen pal and my littlest sis are both part of the occasion-filled month of June that keeps me very much on my toes.  Knowing that both women are avid journal-keepers (and knowing that sister Eliza already told me that not only did she want her own strawberry-covered journal, but that everyone else in the world would want their own handmade book too), I set to work.Each book is filled to the brim with a happy combination of paper from old ledgers, grade books of classrooms past, decorative paper, graph paper and good old drawing paper.  It makes for a really delicious variety.  Gridded paper for those left-brained days and blank paper for those right-brained days and enough color and pizazz for hopefully everything in between.

I love that these books flow from whatever is dominating my scrap paper drawer at the moment.  I always seem to have just enough of something to pull an album out of it.  The cover and spine boards were made from postal boxes and are of a thickness that is both sturdy enough to hold up and easy enough to cut and work with.

Each album I make feels so special.  They feel so good in my hands that I always have to hold them for awhile before I’m ready to wrap them up and ship them off.  I admit that there’s a little (okay fine, maybe bigger than that) piece of me that wants to keep each book I make.  All I have to do though, is think about all the beautiful female recipients of my creative album-making endeavors thus far, and I’m instantly ready to let them go.

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