Monday, March 7, 2011

My Journey Album

Welcome to MADE BY ME FOR MONDAY!!!

The item I am featuring today is actually one that I made for my hubby for Fathers Day a while back.  It was a really fun project!

The way the entire thing got started was one day when I was in K-Mart.  I had gone in there to grab something and I noticed there was a clearance rack out in the middle of the aisle.  Well, I don't know about you, but, when I see CLEARANCE in big, bold, red letters, I can't help myself!  I HAVE to go and see what is in the basket!

I noticed that there was an old check register binder.  It was black and had several check register pages in it.  It was on CLeaRaNCe for (are you ready for this?) $1.00.  Yep.  $1.00.  I loved the shape of it, and since it was a ring style, I knew I could add as many pages to it as I wanted.  So, I made my big $1.00 purchase and brought it home.  Still not sure what I was going to make with it.

Fathers Day was just around the corner, and I had this idea to turn the check register binder into a book for my hubby.  I decided to do the book based on all of the "toys" he has had throughout his life.  The theme fit so well with Dr. Seuss "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" so I used the words from that book to inspire my pages.

Here is how it turned out:
Front Cover
This view shows the pages and the tabs I made.
I used the tape used when you sheet rock on the corner of the album (that is the "net" looking stuff) and then added textured paint on top.
If you want to see inside the album, you can watch the slide show :)


I don't normally do slide shows on my blog, but this had too many pictures to post! 

I didn't share the last several pages of the book on the slide show (because they are a little too personal) but, the last several pages, I had each of my kiddos do a 10 Reasons Why I Love You page for their dad.  It brought tears to his eyes!  He loved it!

**I will be linking up to SOME OF THESE FABULOUS PARTIES HERE this week!**

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42 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

I have to tell you, that is the COOLEST THING!! I love it. :-)

Annie @ Eat. Dream. Repeat. said...

this looks great! really creative idea :)

By the Bluegrass said...

So very cool! I bet it was fun to make too!
xo,
Sena

Sasha said...

Lori I love it. Very creative! Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

Patricia Torres said...

oh lovely.. lovely!! Lori.. this is simply fabulous.. I'm going to try this in the summers...

Annie said...

Really Sweet! It looks like a ton of work went into the album.

I'm here via Creative Itch!

Megan @ {VintageHydrangeas} said...

So creative! Great work!

Rebekah★All Thingz Related★ said...

That is so nice! I really love it! I want to do something similar for my 3 kids.
Thanks for joining me at Anything Related!

Ambika said...

This is BRILLIANT!! Love the choice of colors and the entire look of the album! Great stuff!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow, this is fantastic. I am a follower. Hope to see you a My Dream Canvas.

Becolorful said...

What a perfect personal and timeless gift. He had to love it when he received it but it is one of those gifts that he will grow to love even more as time passes. Thanks so much for sharing this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

Melissa said...

That is so cute! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

Tammy @ Type A said...

you did an amazing job on this album, thanks for sharing it at my party.

Jill @ Women Who Do It All said...

Wow, that turned out SO cute! What a great find!

Amber Branconier said...

looks great. im i new follower :)

Linda McClain said...

Oh wow - so many wonderful textures. What a great project!

Christina said...

oh I really like this idea!!

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!! :)

Megan said...

wow. this looks great. I love the textured paint.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Wow! It looks like a lot of time was spent on the album..great job!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

As a former advertising student, we use red for a reason...that's why McD's has it on their sign.

I'm a sucker for the SALE racks too.

Great post!

thanks for linking up to creative juice thursday!
<3
nicolette

Anne Maskell said...

What a wonderful gift! Your husband will enjoy it for many years to come. I'm sure he'll love to look back on the kid's '10 reasons...' when they are all grown!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is awesome! What a wonderful, creative idea! Thanks for linking up!

Jill said...

What a fabulous gift! And such a bargain find at $1 too!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Naturally Me Creations said...

That is a lovely little album...! I can't wait to make my own mini album, they look so much fun! :)

Thank you so much for linking this up at my party this weekend! :)

Jo (@ boogaloo) said...

Wow you are super talented! Great idea.

It's a Crafty Life said...

That album is beautiful and I love all the patterned papers you used. Thanks for linking it up!

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

So well done.Love the slide show. Looks real pro!

At The Picket Fence said...

What a special and unique gift for your husband! Very clever and you did such a beautiful job on it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us for Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!

Heather

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a neat gift! So creative~ Thanks for coming over and sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! Nice to meet you! :)

Keetha Broyles said...

Very interesting and WHAT A LOT OF WORK!!! I hope hubby is duly impressed.

AllieMakes! said...

AMAZING! I love all the color and detail!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Lisa West said...

Great effect with the sheetrock supplies. I have used the compound itself in a few projects. Love your book!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lori...

Oooh...I love how your "Journey" journal/album turned out! What a creative lady you are! I would have never thought to use the metal drywall stuff...that looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful craft with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

alison said...

what a sweet gift...i'm sure your hubs loved it...you are a creative and crafty girl to take something from clearance to gorgeous like that...so glad you linked this to fridays unfolded...now following!

blessings,

alison
stuff and nonsense

Jen said...

I love this. I have a few of these chipboard notebooks, but I never know what to make with them. Thanks for the great idea and for sharing at Fantastic Friday.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



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creativejewishmom.com said...

wow, very nice! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

Holly said...

This is fantastic...I love the look of it and so nicely done.

I love almost anything with big red CLEARANCE letters/tag on it.

Scrappy Gifts said...

What a fun idea and great treasure. Love the look of it all too. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays. Featuring this tomorrow.

Tammy said...

Really great album.

Jackie said...

Love, love love albums! Glad you could link up to Paper Issues!

Sandy Ang said...

Love the cover of your wonderful album with that rust-like effect. I'm a fan of bargain scrap shopping too. Can never seem to bring myself to pay full price.