Spent a rainy day this week making book #31!! I have to just repeat part of that sentence – a rainy day – in July – in Oklahoma! I’m not sure I remember any of those in my many years, but it sure was awesome! I went for a long walk (yes, in the rain), sipped some tea, and completed another fun little book, inspired by Alisa Golden.
The book is covered with another marbled piece – this one in Bouquet. It probably isn’t the best representation of the pattern, but I loved the combination of colors (teal, cerulean, raspberry and copper) and decided to go for it!
The book is small, just 4.5″ tall by 2.75″ wide and I’ve made a simple little book strap out of scraps from the marbled paper and my end paper (which was a Raspberry colored Canson Mi-Tientes). The book is bound with an accordion, to which I’ve attached saved fortunes (like in Alisa’s book).
I’d seen this book some time back, but didn’t really get excited about it until I started digging through the drawer where I throw all my saved fortunes – mostly from fortune cookies, but also quite a few from Yogi Tea.
Those Yogi Tea ones really got me thinking about alterations to Alisa’s design because I wanted to include them somehow. I decided to create covers that opened vertically…
…and I stitched the Yogi Tea fortunes to my end papers before glueing them down, which gives them sort of a flag feel too!
The cookie fortunes are attached to the accordion in such a way that they fan out when the book is fully open and you can see them all at once. I love that!!
My only regret with this little guy is that I spent some time painstakingly arranging the fortunes into what felt like poetic groups – the problem was I grouped them vertically. Since we read horizontally, left to right, the finished result doesn’t quite capture that poetic feel I’d hoped for – here’s one of my groupings…
You are talented in
You were born with a “sixth
sense” and superb insight.
You have a heart of gold.
Love is a present that can be
given every single day you live.
If you continually give you
will continually have.
Still, it’s a fun little book and, if you’re like me, and have a drawer full of fortunes, it’s a great way to collect and showcase them.
Going back through all of these fortunes I’ve collected over the years was really kind of a review of my journey through life. The ones I’ve kept really seem to tell a consistent story about where I’ve come from and where I’m headed – things like being healthy, happy, and honoring my own worth. I’ve been following Liz Lamaroux’s Inner Excavate-Along and I sort of feel like this was a once stop excavation! I feel really fortunate (pardon the pun) that I had collected so many. This will be a great little book to keep as a reminder of all the blessings in my life!