Thursday, January 31, 2013

School Memory Books

For the last several weeks I have been working on making school memory books for my 3 granddaughters. The project turned out to take a lot longer than I anticipated. I am nearing the end now and thought I would post a few photos.

Each book has pockets for JK through grade 12. In each of the pockets there is a tag that can be used to add notes or photos.

I spent some time thinking about how my daughter would store the books over the 14 years and came up with the idea of a box. Next thought was..where would I buy one that would fit all three books. I tried Michaels and office supply stores and could not find anything that would work. Next thought I had was maybe I could make one. Not ever having made a box before I checked to see if I could find instructions on the net. Nothing I found really suited me, next was YouTube and that was a bit more helpful. Finally I decided to just wing it. I cut chipboard for the sides and cover. I  used the same paper to cover the chipboard as I used on the books. I attached the sides using wide black book tape.

If you look closely at the front of the box you can see the two little knobs that I put on the hinged cover. The box is kept closed with  small squares of Velcro on the inside of the cover.

The 3 books fit nicely inside.
My posting of Nov. 30, 2012 has links to the sites where I got my inspiration for the books. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blown Away!

One of the gallery's where I post my pages  is Oscraps. Each week there is a challenge by Anna Aspnes to copy a pages that is thought be be special. This week I was blown away, my page was chosen.
 Funny how things work out, I was not happy with the way this layout was working and in playing around with saturation using Photoshop I accidently came up this monochromatic palette.

The photo used here was taken in Dec. 2011 on a visit to St. Augustine with my friends Cynthia & Lorraine.We were touring the Dow Museum of Historic Houses. The site is over 400 years old was a treasure trove of interesting architectural elements I must have taken over 100 photos while there. The site has a  magical frozen in time feeling to it and if you are ever down that way it a good place to visit.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


After some thought I have chose one little word for the year. Simplify...

Now the challenge will be to do it!