Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tuesday? It's Booked

I'm feeling book-ish today. It started when I made a little notebook with some more pieces from my Midnight Rooster Nantucket kit.

Seam binding and both alphas came with the kit. And inside has two fabric pockets cut from the piece in the kit too. The tabs are cut with the Slice and the cut-out title comes from a leftover: I used the title I cut out on one of my layouts

Because I often use patterned paper as backgrounds I had three pieces of cardstock to play with - and that "bookplate" pattern from Studio Calico gave me an idea. I cut each sheet into pieces 6x8 inches and sewed them together around three sides to create pockets. Then into each pocket I slid a labelled card for each day of the month. I'll use these to make a reading record for 2012.

For January I already have
  • The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos by Heidi Adnum. This one is definitely recommended! Lots of practical advice divided into chapters dealing with different crafts; case studies from crafters; everything you have ever wanted to know, beautifully presented
  • The Art of iPhoneography by Stephanie Roberts. This was a surprise Christmas present and I'm enjoying dipping into it. I especially like the chapter called "Shoot How You Feel"
  • On Writing by Stephen King. Which I bought and read last year and have hauled out again after I found that article on over used words last week.
  • Charles Dickens: a Life by Clare Tomalin. So much I didn't know..
..and that leaves me with the winner from last week's Pass The Book Year Two (thanks again Melissa!) . Tantalizing Textures will be going to Fiona from Fiona's Flotsam. Fiona, please drop me an email with your address and I'll get that in the post.


38 comments:

Jimjams said...

Gorgeous mini book.
I've been looking for a way to record my reads this year so I may nab this idea (that should really be may I?)!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Great idea for recording the books you read this year. I have noted down the Dickens title and will see if I can borrow it from the library. Did you watch the new dramatisation of Edwin Drood that was on last week?

Amy said...

I've never considered a reading journal or log book before, apart from mandatory ones at school. One I'm enjoying at the moment is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson ... some of the pieces are really clicking into place now!

Sian said...

Jemma, of course you may!

Amy, no I've never made one before, but the bookplate paper gave me the idea

Fiona, Yes, I saw Edwin Drood, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to

Lizzie said...

A good idea, Sian! I would copy you (sincerest form of flattery and all that...), but I'm sure I wouldn't make time to keep the journal up to date. I'm not going to pressure myself to start yet another project... I need to focus on a few things this year, rather than just fling all my energies to the four winds (my usual course!).
I wish you much enjoyment of your Book Journal project - it sounds very "Sian" - and the journal Looks very "Sian" too - lovely!

Talking of overused words... I am sure that "Lovely" must be the word I overuse the most. Hum.

Lynn said...

A perfect looking journal for book recording. One of my goals for 2012 is to read more. Enjoy your January books.

Amanda said...

How funny I've just made a mini album to record all the projects I make in 2012.

I'm just waiting for a new book to arrive Zakka Style. I'll let you know when it does and what it's like I think you'll like it.

Cheri said...

awesome!

Karen said...

What a fantastic project.

Alana said...

Great idea, that iPhone book sounds interesting. If you like Stephen king have you tried some of the swedish crime/thriller writers? Such as the wallender series or Jo Nesbo? The snowman is a real chiller....ha ha get it? Btw the mini book looks fab, I can't seem to get into mini books.

Rebekah said...

What a FUN journal!!

Ruth said...

The library paper is perfect for you, isn't it?! Will you be keeping it by your bed (I'm presuming that's where you keep your books)? And remember Dr Seuss: The more you read, the more you will know. The more you know, the more places you will go.

Sue Althouse said...

Lovely, lovely. That is quite a book list, impressive. I'm sticking with my perennial winter favorite, Jane Austen, and re-reading Emma, for something like the fifth time.

Karen said...

Lovely journal. I've been keeping track of my reading in a journal for over 20 years now. I'm sure I've forgotten to add a few over the years, but it's fun to look back and see what interested me over the years. I loved Writing by Stephen King, and the iPhonography book is lying on my nightstand. Off to check out The Crafter's Guide . . . I'm reading the Steve Jobs biography now. It's long, but I'm enjoying every bit of it.

scrappyjacky said...

It's just lovely,Sian....what a great way to keep a reading record.
Have just managed to get a copy of the second Scrap 365....and love your article on corner rounders....was nodding my head in agreement with everything you said!

Helen said...

I really like this book - and it's a great idea. I seem to have fallen into a habit of not reading recently (terrible , I know!) - so maybe this is what I need :)

Jennifer said...

Oh I love this reading journal! You always make such lovely minis! Love the negative space title effect. I am hoping to read more this year. I miss it and need to take time for it.

dogmatix said...

I love the journal. I hadn't thought about recording what I read...and I am all about the minibooks/journals this year. It may encourage me to read more.
I will definately be checking that iPhonography book out as my iPhone is my only camera at the moment.

Louise said...

A lovely book Sian and a lovely idea x

Susan said...

What a great idea! I love how you were able to use the negative "history" as part of your book.

Sandie said...

That's a great idea Sian. Since Christmas we have been watching lots of films as we can now watch them on demand, on the tv. That could be another good idea for your album.

Julie J said...

Can we have a peak inside? I have a thing about working out how these things are bound now. I think it comes of meeting Lizzie!

My Mom bought me a bookmark calendar - one bookmark per month. So I was thinking of making notes of what I've read on the back and using them somehow. Suggestions on a postcard..............

Alison said...

Another great mini Sian
Alison xx

Micayla said...

Oh my sweet giddy aunt Sian this is too GORGEOUS! I seriously love it soooo much.
Thanks for coming to say hello, it has been a while! As for the college degree I am afraid it never happened. There was just no way I could of found suitable childcare given an ever changing timetable and I just couldn't of done that to Emily. It meant several sessions and different nurserys and that would of been unfair and I never would of lived with myself. It was a dream I chose to give up for my family and although I am still upset I never got to do it, I know in my heart that I made the right choice. Maybe one day....eh!
Right, off to pin this pretty little number.
xxx

Cheryl said...

nice kit, good stuff!

Fiona said...

Great looking mini book. Looking forward to reading Tantalising Textures - thanks.

Sandra said...

Fabulous idea and it's just so stylish

Gem's Crafts said...

Love the mini book Sian, and the idea to document everything you read. It looks like you've got lots to get you started :)

Nathalie said...

Such a creative idea and a great way to remember books read! I just make a list and then a page at the end of the year (I will be sharing it in a few days on my blog) :)

laurie said...

i have always kept track of the books i have read since i was about 12 but never in a notebook as fun as yours! i still have one of your "pass the book" books - "lady cottington's pressed fairy book". i put it on my blog but had no takers! i would be glad to send it back to you or to anyone else who may enjoy reading it.

Melissa said...

What a great mini-album to keep a record of books this year. I have not completed a single book yet, however I'm in the middle of four right now!

heart.hearth.home. said...

Splendid idea and stunning mini-book. Happy reading!

Rachel B said...

It looks great Sian, I love the colours :)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Gorgeous mini & a great way to use that CS that can easily get left behind!! I especially love the measuring taped spine! :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Looking forward to seeing how you do with this. I have trouble keeping track of books in writing, but I've been pretty good on the ipad.
Rinda

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous mini book on books - great use of that SC paper.

I never manage to keep a record of what I read. Limiting it to books rather than mags might help but I found even that hard enough. Did briefly get tempted as several friends are doing that - one is reading them in alphabetical order too, but resisted.

Is the Stephen King any good? Keep having it recommended as a classic on writing, although I'm firmly not making a list of things to read this year I've sorta put that on the one I'm not making...

jennifer said...

Brilliant mini-book. I have recently remembered my love for mini-book and have lots in my mind that I want to make!

I'm going to check out this very interesting looking book-list too. x

Gail said...

What a neat idea - a reading record and such a nice book for it.

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