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.

Originally posted 2011-02-14 15:13:00.

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