We are having cold and rainy weather here in North Texas. The gray sky is what actually does me in – more than the cold or rain. It just seems to put a drag on my creativity. I can do “maintenance” stuff – but doing something colorful and energetic seems like a bit of a slog. Despite the crummy weather, I did manage to do a new little handmade book, start on a new word search book to publish, finish up and mail my extremely late “Christmas” cards, grap a Starbucks Coffee for me and hubby and a “Pupacino” for Harriett – and now this little post. I’m hoping to create some fun bookmarks this evening.
The little book I created followed the basic instructions in this Vintage Page Designs YouTube video and it was super easy to follow along. I used some old file folders that I purchased at the Dollar Tree a few years back – along with the papers from a commercial journal I purchased and used a bit then discarded. I liked the paper – just not the journal! I cut them down to the size I wanted for the journals and made four little signatures. She made six in her example and I wish I had done so as well. The four I made are really fun – but I like the ability to better see the stitching that you get from having more signatures. Either way – a very satisfying project. There is not a separate back/front cover on this design – which is fun. I used regular black cotton crochet thread to sew the signatures. The stitches are a mix of link and kettle.
It feels very nice in my hands – just a good size and weight. Right now the pages are all blank (apart from the printed dots on the paper. I plan to add a few bits of ephemera on the interior – though I think I will clip them in so the recipient can use them where they choose (or on another project).
I hope you are staying warm and dry wherever you are and are finding ways to use and share your creativity! Happy Monday!