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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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I always go all-out when putting together birthday packages for those I love and I really, really love my friend Jessica.  Jessica is someone who from hundreds of miles away can intuit what I need exactly.  She’s sent me cozy things to wrap me up, books to nourish and support me and encouraging letters that remind me how amazingly loved I am.  All when I needed it most.  So naturally when her 35th birthday rolled around, it was time for a particularly fabulous package.

I usually always try to pass along a good book in a birthday package to Jessica.  She’s one of those friends who doesn’t care a wink if the book is used or worn or if I happened to read it first before sending it (I love that about her!).  So a good summer read got wrapped up right away in tissue and tied with a shiny satin ribbon.  Next I got to work on a special book.  Jessica got a journal of her very own from me last year, but this time around she was wanting a space to record all of her young son’s sayings and doings to remember for years to come.  And finally I came across the perfect necklace for Jessica while perusing Etsy.  It was the color of sea and sky and instantly reminded me of my blue-loving friend.

To make the package really fancy, I let the theme of the album dictate the design of the gift tags and birthday card.  It was just a miraculous coincidence that I had tissue paper and ribbon to match it all up.

A beautiful package shipped off to a beautiful friend who deserves to be so celebrated…

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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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IMG_2587This screw-post album-making would have made a nice tutorial, but I didn’t really think of it until after the fact. This is the one shot I took of the cover boards, but it was after I already cut and covered them.  Next time, okay?  It really is a relatively easy project, although it does take some time.  After my big photo album project, I had some leftover book cloth, my bookbinding adhesives were still out and my brush was still wet, so…jessica's album 003I put this album together for my blue-loving friend Jessica.  It’s a book  for her  “journaling, musing, scribbling, sketching and general pondering of the human sort”.  But really, whatever she wants to do with it is just fine with me.  jessica's album 001I filled the book with an assortment of papers.  There is some plain drawing  paper, some blue text weight paper and (my favorite) some graph paper.  I was excited about the combination.  It felt special.jessica's album 004When Jessica opened up her book, she said, “I really need this!”  And I thought, I think we all do.  A special book that invites us to come in, to bare something, unload something, discover something, create something, divine something, explore something, revolutionize something….

Mmm… maybe Heather’s Book will be coming next.

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