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Monday, 21 March 2011

Handmade Monday

Another Handmade Monday has come around - brought to us by the wonderful Wendy at : http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog/ and I thought I'd post a few pic's of what I have done so far of my "True Stories" Journal.
A while ago I signed up for "Shimelle's" online class entitled True Stories. It's a way of keeping a record or diary of things about you and your family and friends that can then be passed down the family when I am old (and decrepid!!)
Anyway with this class you were told to find a notebook and the first lesson was to decorate the cover - I love doing things like that so I just had to go out and find a blank sketchbook (Infact I got it from Sainsbury's for £3.) As you can see I had great fun decoratingit with stamps, old music papers and I made some paper roses again out of old music papers and threaded pearls, glass beads etc to make each one a "stamen". I'm pleased the way it turned out. Anyway the problem is making the inside pages look as good (which they don't - but it's fun anyway). I've posted the pic's of a few pages I've done so far - It's definately "work in progress, as it's going to take me forever to fill the book!
If your interested Shimelles link is : http://www.shimelle.com/

Also I thought I'd mention that it's my 1st blogoversary on Wednesday 30th March - take a look at my earlier post "FFFF" to see how I'm marking the occasion.

Have a Happy Handmade Monday!!


Bobleyboo said...

Omgosh how do you do this, i'd just end up making it look like a right mess.
Well done you, and its a lovely idea to pass down :)

Kimberley x

Carolee Crafts said...

I love decorated journals, altered books and your journal is beautiful a keepsake for years to come

Wendy said...

It's really exciting just seeing the photos of your journal. Journals have so much potential - yes, it'll be a work in progress for some time, but that is half the fun! You enjoy it, girl!! :-)
I don't know if you're having problems with the links button on your blog, but this link might be a big help - it helped me with the links thing a lot (and it's easy).
Thanks for taking part in HM x

Suzanne said...

What a fab idea, I love decorating journals and making scrapbooks.
Hugs Sue x

Rachael said...

It's excellent and I too would enjoy making and owning something like this.

dreamstar said...

It's lovely Rebecca and a lovely keepsake for future generations of your family. Well done x

PuppyFly Boutique said...

what a gorgeous idea - I'll definitely check out that link. It looks a bit addictive! xx

Little Harriet said...

Wow what a great idea and a brilliant family heirloom. Think I may have to check the online class out.They look so interesting and full of texture.

cj said...

Wow its amazing what you can do with a £3 book!! Looks great :)

Glitz and Glamour said...

If I bought a notebook, it may have a few doodles but nothing at all like the lovely creation you have made. I assume at a later date if you are having a down day you could bring it out, read a couple of entries and hopefully it will make you smile remembering,

Silver Thistle Beads said...

These will be an heirloom to be passed down to many generations to come and are tactile as well, in a generation where everything is electronic or online I think this invaulable to have this on the go,

great work :-) Looking forward to seeing how it progress's :-)

Pop over to my blog www.silverthistlebeads.com/blog/ for my Handmade Monday post :-)

Francesca x

SugarBeans said...

I have made my Book of Life just using a large photo album, where I put in photos, telegrams when I was born (no email in the 1930's - or FB!!)right up to the latest member of the family. Little letters written when the children were young (now nearing 50!!)birhday cards etc. The family loves to browse through it - so do keep going - it is invaluable. I will now try something on the cover - having seen yours!! Nancy

karen said...

Gorgeous journal you have created! I am obsessed with journals right now and yours is so great!!! And the inside of yours is looking as fabulous as the cover!
xoxo Karen

Wendy said...

OH I came to visit you for WOYWW and just kept scrolling down to see the wonderful journal pages. I love these. I really must get back at my art journaling. Have just signed up to follow you, looking forward to seeing more of you great creations.

Karen Wood said...

This book is darling! I love the details and all the texture - what a special treasure that your family will be able to enjoy for years and years :) Thanks so much for sharing!

I found you through Momo and would love it if you could stop by and visit me as well!!

Hugs from your newest follower,

Arlene said...

This is super cute! I am a new follower sent by Momo. Your work is beautiful. Would love for you to visit my blog.