Sunday, January 1, 2012

{A Little Inspiration}

The New Year is upon us! Where did the time go? I'm not one for making resolutions, but I do like to have inspiration around. I'm a lover of quotes, and I tend to collect them. Anybody else do the same thing? I actually started saving them on my computer a few years ago, and whenever I find a new one that inspires me I just add it on. I like to go back to it occasionally, and when I do I always find at least one that is a good reminder or food-for-thought for that particular day.
So...as the New Year approaches...I thought maybe I could collect these wonderful bits of wisdom into one little custom book just for me. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, and it was so simple to put together. You can make this mostly with things you probably already have lying around.
Here's what you need:
scrapbook paper
paper cutter
adhesive/glue stick
cardstock
hemp cord, jute, twine, ribbon-your choice for the binding
cereal boxes from your recycling bin
scrap ribbon or buttons for embellishments (as you see fit!)

I started by using my trusty 'quotes' file from my computer. I tweaked my fonts a little bit, then oriented them a little differently into a Word document. I printed them on cardstock, cut them out, and distressed the edges with brown ink.
Next, I cut my cereal boxes down to pages that are 5x7. I then went through my scrapbook paper and cut several pages to 5x7 as well. Since this isn't a keepsake project with photos, I simply used glue stick to adhere the 5x7 scrapbook paper to the 5x7 cereal box pages. I used a small sanding block to smooth out all 4 edges of each page. This distresses the edges a little bit and also makes it look very even and neat. (You can use a nail file for this as well.) Here are the finished pages:
 The next step is optional, but since I have an addiction to distressing, I also inked all the edges of each page to give it an antiqued look.
Once you have your pages the way you want them, just start adding your quote blocks any way you like. I also glued these down with glue stick instead of adhesive. 
When I rearranged my quotes in Word, I tried to make them various sizes to add interest to my pages.
Next, I used my crop-a-dile to punch 2 holes along the left side of each page for binding with the jute twine later.
 I used scrap pieces of ribbon and buttons for a few extra embellishments. It's a good idea to punch holes before adding embellishments. Don't ask me how I know this. ;)
I used jute twine to bind my book. I love jute because it looks rustic and is sturdy. Get your pages in order, lace the holes, and knot. The pages turn really easily and I can lay it flat.
I printed out a title on cardstock as well, and then adhered it to the front. It now has a happy place directly in front of me at my craft table. :)


I can see making a smaller version of this for a purse or school bag, can't you? Like a little pocket full of thoughts to ponder.
I'd love to hear what you think!
Have a great week!
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2 comments:

  1. This is adorable! I love scrapbooking and inspiring quotes so i will have to make one!

    xo Shane

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  2. What a fantastic way to keep your favorite quotes close by - and pretty!

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