"I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time."
"Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar."
Modern Nature Notebooks (by Martha Stewart)
It’s the 21st-century equivalent of a pressed-flower book: Instead of picking and pressing wildflowers, which depletes the local flora and is illegal in some places, take a snapshot with your smartphone. The Poladroid software will give photos a vintage feel. Then print and glue them in a notebook alongside your children’s sketches of nature.
Scanning in pressings of flowers might also create a nice effect :) (I’m from Ireland, were we have an abundance of common wildflowers, so I personally don’t feel too bad about picking them!)
DIY No-Glue Scrapbook (by Martha Stewart)
The receipts, ticket stubs, maps, and postcards you collect on a trip paint a picture of vacation fun, but assembling an album can be a chore. To simplify the process, fill a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves meant for business and baseball cards. Slide souvenirs into compartments, or if they don’t fit, use a paper clip to attach them to a pocket. Trim maps, and slide them into the binder’s outside sleeves (even on the spine).
DIY Folding Travelogues (by Martha Stewart)
Enlarge photos from a recent trip and make foldouts: an accordion type, formed by taping photocopies together, or an origami-style version, using a bone folder to make sharp creases. These inserts, pasted into an ordinary journal, add an element of surprise to the story of the trip and convey some of the city’s grandeur.
DIY Map Scrapbook (by Martha Stewart)
Relive your favorite travel memories by creating keepsakes from your family vacation photos, souvenirs, postcards, and other memorabilia.
Give the maps that guided you to favorite destinations a second life in a scrapbook. The printed papers become colorful and fitting backdrops for vacation mementos (and using them is easier than folding the map itself).
Remembering by Lauren Shields
Handmade book in memoriam of the passing of her father.
"This is the first proper book I’ve made - essentially a photo album. It’s a bit morbid (its about the death of my dad), but it was very therapeutic doing it. All the photographs were taken using medium format film, and they represent two things - a) How I felt as a 6 year old losing my dad, and b) How I feel now as of 21 years of age. I used my mums wedding veil to create ghostly images (how I feel now), and his objects which have been pretty much untouched since his death - to represent that moment in time when he was gone.”