Uncommon Handbound Books by Cindy Leaders

Reinvented Journals in Action

Friday, March 19, 2010

One of my wonderful customers sent me some pictures of journals that I have made for her to show me how she's using them. It made me so happy to see the blank pages filled with stories and pictures from her life! Living in the Boston area, which is apparently the used book mecca of the US, she sends me the most amazing books to be made into journals for her own particular purposes. Always beautiful and often with a sense of humor, they portray a woman with a sense of her own personal style.

She and her husband took this journal . . .

on a trip to Germany last year for her 40th birthday. She said it was great to write about the trip and store memorabilia WHILE the trip was happening rather than try to do it after the fact.

I like to use "found pages" in my journals, themed with the book's title or purpose if possible. She sent me some pages from an old German child's book to include, and I added some maps and pages from the Germany section of an old encylopedia. Generally these pages aren't big enough to form a complete folio, so inserting them results in a 1 - 2 inch tab in the signature opposite the page. She said those turned out to be really useful for attaching brochures.

I understand that even in the big city, she's quite the farm wife, growing and preserving her own veggies a la little house on the prairie. This is her garden journal . . . .

She also has a journal for use at work meetings, one to record the bird action in her yard and, my personal favorite, one for she and her husband to keep track of compromises that they make so it is "in writing." I'd keep that one in the safe deposit box just in case!

Her husband is running scared these days, since she recently sent me nine (yes, NINE!) more covers to make into journals. Judging by the titles, most of them obviously intended for travel. I'm trying to make a deal with him on the side to dole them out slowly as his travel budget allows!

Thanks, Lisa! I'm inspired by you!


PrairiePeasant March 20, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

That's wonderful to see your work being used! I think that's something that we always wonder about. How fabulous to have a customer inspire you with such wonderful finds!

Elisa March 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

That's awesome! So wonderful that she shared her happy use of your work with you...and consequently developing a relationship. :) Very special.

Lizzie March 20, 2010 at 1:22 PM  

That's fabulous! How inspiring to have a client who sends you such wonderful old items, so you can re-purpose them - then she sends you pictures of those items in use! A very rewarding relationship on both sides, by the sound of it.

Useful Books March 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Thanks, Laura, Elisa & Lizzie! I really do value this lady. It helps that we have such similar tastes. I threaten her that one day one of her shipments will get "lost in the mail." :)

elizabeth rosemond March 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

So amazing! Not just that you have a faithful (and happy) repeat customer but that you've really established this special bond. Really special!!

Lisa March 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM  

Cindy - You are so sweet. I find your work makes me want to find creative uses for your books, where the cover matches or plays off of the content. Now, it is so much fun for me to look for old books in antique and junk shops and imagine just what I could do with them once you have journal-ified them.

Thanks so much!

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