“Rare Oddities” Book Journal

While most people scoff at my dear book club as a “drinking club”, and yes, a lot of wine is consumed while we “discuss the books”, we do actually read the books and have a great amount of fun doing so! As we approach our 7-year birthday, I thought it was about time I got myself organised and created a new book journal, since I filled up my last one about six months ago!

I bought the Graphic45 Rare Oddity range with no particular project in mind, especially since it’s Halloween themed and I’m not a big celebrator of the occasion. The colours were what grabbed me and when I noticed the paper that was covered in books, I knew I’d found the perfect paper for my new journal.

Book Club Journal

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Materials: Graphic45 Rare Oddities paper and stickers, Bazzill cardstock, Crop-A-Dile eyelets, miscellaneous ribbons and charms

This book looks a lot more complicated than it actually was to put together.

The covers are just chipboard that have been covered in paper, then the pages are just sheets of Bazzill that then have pockets and what-not added on top.

Each of the pages has fold outs with placeholders for me to add photos of the books and some journalling about each one.

It’s hard to tell from the photos, but there’s a lot of elements that have been popped up on foam tape to give the book some dimension.

The image on the front was made by cutting up and re-constructing the “feature” paper from the Graphic45 pad (see it here).

I do just have to pause a sec here just to say how in love I am with the Crop-A-Dile – I was a bit of a naysayer, thinking “how good can it be, it’s just a fancy hole punch and eyelet setter!”… and yes, it is, but it’s so good at being a hole punch and eyelet setter!

I punched through my chipboard book with no muscle required (which is a good thing, because muscle isn’t my strong point!) and I used to avoid eyelets because of the hassle – no more! I’m putting eyelets in everything!!

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