IMG_2876On Sunday Mr M and I were asked to speak at church. I was given the topic of how keeping a journal can bless me and my family. I need that gentle nudge that comes from preparing to speak on something you know is an area you need to improve. I spent several days reading and preparing on the importance of journals. I read many things to prepare and I’ll share more of what I liked in a coming post.

All of this preparing reminded me of two gifts that I have made in the last few years. The first was an old book that I bought at good-will and tore pages out of to create a scrapbook of memories for Mr M. Over the months that we dated and were engaged I saved photos, journal entries, movie tickets, notes we wrote each other and more. I assembled this into a photo album of sorts. My sister liked the book so much that I decided to make one for her a few months later for graduation. I also got her an old book. I filled hers with photos, sisterly advice, links to things worth reading, quotes, places to set goals, to dream, and find herself. Both of them appreciated the gift very much, and it was so fun to make I decided to share it with you today!

The key to this project is finding the right old book. You want one in stable enough condition that you can tare pages out and not have it fall apart. I chose ones that had been laced together and not just glued, that way the string remained even after I tore pages out. But along with tearing pages out also comes some unsturdiness so I wouldn’t make this an album of your most important items. Like I said I did mine for small gifts and they were appreciated, but I don’t think they will hold up to the test of time.


Pick a book that suits your personality or the person you are giving it to.



The laced binding allowed me to tare out pages so that the book was left with the amount of pages I needed. If you choose a book with a lace binding be selective in how you tare out the pages because they are usually large sheets folded in half and bound. You want to tare out complete pages, not a bunch of halves, so that your pages stay laced in your book.


Halfway through taring out the pages


Ready to begin. Decide how many pages you will need in your album, and only leave that number of pages (or you could sew or glue along the edges of pages to hook them together if you wanted a thicker page). You don’t want to have more pages than you need otherwise your book will have a bunch of blank pages at the end.


Select your materials


Begin the creation process!

IMG_2884 ticket from our first date, photos from our first vacation


memorabilia from our wedding


Quotes and things to inspire


The filled book!


Be as creative as you wish! The best part is because it is in an old book, there is less pressure to make it perfect. Whether you want to make an album of memories, a book of inspiration, favorite quotes, photos, or more, you can have a great time making something unique.


Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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