100 Books Journey – Book 31

100 Books Journey – Book 31

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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…

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…and I stitched the Yogi Tea fortunes to my end papers before glueing them down, which gives them sort of a flag feel too!

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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!!

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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
many ways.

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.

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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!

2 Comments

  1. Love this book! What a great way to ensure all those little fortunes I’ve kept for years have a place to shine! Awesome Kelley!

    1. Kelley Walker
      Author

      Thank you, Debra. I sure had fun with it and I bet I have enough saved fortunes to make another one! I think as I collect them going forward, I’m going to date them on the back too – just to see where I’ve come from. 🙂

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