I always have and I always will.
When I was a child I would get to pick out a book if I behaved. Some kids get ice cream or candy. Me? I got a book AND a bookmark. I would be so excited as I stood in front of shelves filled with stories by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. It would take me hours trying to pick out the best one.
That's what I did yesterday. I went to my favorite used book store. When I say they have a ton of books, I'm not lying. The place is jammed packed. Floor to ceiling. Basement to Attic. PACKED.
I spent hours there exploring the shelves and giving some love to the resident kitty. I didn't find anything that sparked my interest, but I did find some very cheap old children's books in the bargain basement. They were in poor condition, but I just wanted them for the pages anyway.
I'm pretty sure librarians, all over the world have been put on medication to calm their nerves. And it's all because the craft people in blogland. Every day I see tons of beautiful things that have been made out of old tomes. Wreaths, banners, purses, you get the picture.
Today I was going to start making Lindsey's wreath. I sat down in front of the t.v. and got to work. About a quarter of the way through I ran out of glue sticks, so I changed up.
I took the discarded hardcover jacket and made this.
Just a little journal to jot ideas down. Maybe tape pictures in it of projects I want to do someday.
I cut some scrapbook paper and used Mod Podge to make new end papers.
For the blank pages, I took some of my daughter's drawing paper. I trimmed it a bit short but it still works for me.
Once finished, I noticed my binding machine had an instruction manual. It has a guide of cover width to inner page size ratio.
Who knew that an instruction manual would be so handy?
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