Although having a job that you like lessens the horrible feeling you get from 'Mondays', the first Monday back after a holiday, no matter what job you're in, is beyond bleak. So to cheer myself up as my first day back at work approached, I decided to make a scrap book/photo album for all of my holiday photos and bits and bobs.
Book binding beauty
Before attempting it, I did quite a bit of research and it completely amazed me just how popular book binding and book making is and just how talented people are at it. Forgive my naivety, but I really had no idea what an art it was and how beautiful a handmade book / scrapbook / notebook could be!
Thread the needle
I've never made a book or photo album before but the process was actually really relaxing, particularly sewing the pages of the book together - which is amazing considering I am not blessed with needle skills! Once I had sewn the pages together, I stuck the outer pages to some folded cardboard and covered the cardboard with some material (a cut up old plain cotton pillow case) I had transferred one of my doodles onto.
It may seem silly, but for me sometimes just doing something fun and creative is all I need to get a fresh perspective and to feel positive again - even about Mondays! I hope this inspires you and although there are lots of tutorials out there already, if you'd like me to post how I did this in steps at some point, let me know in the comments below.
Have you ever made a notebook?
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