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Memory Book Made of Stuff Around the House

I wanted to make a book for my husband, but I didn’t have all the stuff I needed (round clip, hard covers, etc) so I made due with what I had around the house.  I used cardboard, material, leather, ribbon, and brads to make it.  I am feeling quite proud of myself for being so handy.  LOL.  I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to use what you can find around the house as well!
On the inside cover, I wrote a little introduction note.  I cut the pages at 6 x 6 inches.  On each page I wrote about a memory, then found coordinating embellishments. 
I did the book with pages describing some of the memories we have made together.  There are so many, it was hard to choose!  You’ll notice in the upper left hand corner I used brads with holes in them to make sure the pages didn’t tear when I threaded them. 

I used leather to bind my book, as I didn’t have any of the metal things to bind with.  I then tied several pieces of ribbons to decorate a bit. 
This is the completed book.  In order to make the cover and back page, I took two pieces of cardboard cut at 6 1/2 x 6 1/2  inches, then covered them in white material.  You could use any material you had, even an old t-shirt would work.  I used Elmer’s glue, because it was all I had.  I had pictures, but they accidentally got erased.  I wrapped the cardboard as if it were a gift, doing the inside first, then after it dried I wrapped the outside so that the nasty glue was covered.  I also put a piece of cardstock on the inside so that it was pretty on the eyes.   The letters are cut at 2 inches using the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge.  I read this phrase on a blog somewhere (I’m quite ashamed to admit I forgot which one, if you know, please comment so I can link to it!!!), it means ‘Beautiful Times’ in French.


Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 15 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

2 thoughts on “Memory Book Made of Stuff Around the House

  • August 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Super cute idea! I love it! I need to do some things like that with child’s artwork. I have so much and I can’t throw it away!

  • February 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Great Idea! I have presented you with an award so hop on over to my blog and check it out! Thanks for the inspiration!


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