I believe everyone’s life has a purpose. We are here to discover that purpose then use whatever gifts were bestowed upon us to make this world a better place. Some of us are fortunate as we know at an early age what that purpose is. Others, well, we go along, often digressing from the road that will take us there. This is me. Now on the other side of 50, I am finding my way back to that road that will lead to my life’s purpose. Welcome to my journey.
I have been busy creating for various swaps on
Swap-bot. My latest project, while
challenging, was more of an ice-breaker for me.
I had been wanting to do this since I found this
example of a December Daily/Journal Your Christmas via Pinterest. I had several of my son’s Little Golden Christmas
books and couldn't bear to part with them.
This was the perfect way to give them new life.
·scrapbook paper can be only used as an accent and/or decorative element, tags/insert pieces
·each two-page spread should have at least one Christmas element
·it is fine to use stickers on some pages as decorative items, but please use other items as well
·journal should have at least 12 separate pages/leaves (or at least 24 pages counting front and back)
·make whatever type of cover you'd like. Decorate the cover, but do leave room for your partner to add personal touches.
·bind any way you choose
·keep the size of the journal under 8X10.
·add at least two pockets and two tags/tuck-ins
·recycle and re-purpose papers as much as possible.
I couldn't find instructions as to how to dismantle the book so this is what I did:
1. Carefully tear away gold binding; take out staples (I had to pry them out with a small flat head screw driver)
2.Separate pages; cut the pages down the center fold to create single pages
3.Hole punch (I used Crop-A-Dile) the book covers and pages (first decide if you want 2, 3, or 4 holes)
4.Reinforce the holes with reinforcement hole labels (use the self-adhesive type)
5.If the bottom of the pages or corners are worn/ bent, reinforce these with decorative tape.
6.Insert binder rings; I use the 1.5 “.
7.Gather all of your supplies and begin altering!
What I wanted for this book:
ØKeep the integrity of the book: keep as much of the front cover and print/pictures of the book intact.
ØThings sticking out so the book wasn’t just a square.
ØInserts between every 2-page spread
ØNo glitter, no blue, and no religious or humorous material.
ØConsistency of materials; I chose to use only green stripped scrapbook paper, Paper Studio Merry Christmas Sticker Pad, K&Company Die Cuts, and Noel washi tape.
*For my re-purposed items I used Christmas cards received over the years, paper sacks, envelopes, a red file folder, and an old Christmas Carol book.
I hope you enjoyed my first video. Special thanks to my wonderful hubby for
putting it together for me!