I’ve started my Christmas gifts now because last year I didn’t start until mid to late November and that was waaaay too stressful. I’m trying to personalize the gifts this year because the last two years I just made mass quantities of one item and customized it to fit the person (or couple) who was receiving it. I probably won’t make this a normal thing as it’s a lot harder and requires more time and thought. But, it is really fun to be so thoughtful with what I’m gifting. One of the projects I’m doing is a photo journal; I got the idea here and loved its simplicity. I did have to make some changes and had some trial and error. First of all, it was really challenging trying to find a way to have the pictures print using most of the page. I eventually figured it out, after printing out a lot of test sheets and using lots of ink. The first book I made doesn’t have even pages because I was trying to use a half sheet as a guide but it kept slipping and getting shaved smaller and smaller. And the spine is not even. But I do like the more “homemade” feel to it. After using the Elmer’s glue to put it all together and then trying to flip through the pages, I decided reinforcement was necessary. I was going to use a hammer and nail to create holes and then sew it together. I ended up using really big, flat headed thumbtacks and just left them in. I like the more rugged look they add.
I want to share what other projects I’ve found and the end products but I have to be careful what I share here before Christmas. I might just have to wait until after the fact.
cost breakdown (per book):
photo paper: $.43
glue: $2.47 (for the whole bottle)
filler paper: had on hand
tacks: had on hand
binding paper: free (grabbed a paper bag from the grocery store)