Last night, I had the pleasure of attending our monthly book club at Memory Bound. We're reading Ali Edwards' latest book, Life Artist. Several people brought wonderful projects to share, some based on the book and others not. The beauty of book club is that it's fairly unstructured. Anyone is welcome, with or without anything to share!
One of the projects I like from Ali's book is one in which she uses a set of alphabet index cards to make a little "everyday" kind of album. I picked up a set of these cards last week and decided to make a mini-album as a place to store photos of some of my favorite projects. I make a lot of stuff, but because much of it is for the store or given as gifts, often all I have left is a photo. I thought it might be fun to have a place to house photos of my favorites, rather than just leave them in a file on my computer.
The book was super-easy to put together, which is why it appealed to me. I printed my photos, used the handy-dandy Crop-a-Dile to make holes in the cards and photos, and clamped it all together with my beloved metal rings. It may seem peculiar, but I make an effort to take photos of everything I make. I use the photos in instructions (if I need to write them), but also as a record for myself. Sometimes when creativity wanes, it helps to look back over past projects. Obviously, this book is a work in progress which will grow as I print more photos. In addition, I'd like to jot some notes about each project. I'm still working on that.
In addition to the Making Memories journaling paper, I used some of my hoarded Scenic Route paper on this mini-album. And the button is from my friend, Sharon, who recently cleaned out her button stash and shared the love with folks in book club. Sharon's buttons are one-of-a-kind and will be great additions to projects like this.
AND, as an added bonus, I made up a word last night for the process of using hoarded stash: DE-HOARDIFICATION.
I like it. I need to do much more of it.