Making Memory Books by Hand: 22 Project To Make, Keep and Share
by Kristina Feliciano.
This is one of those books that you buy when you are feeling covered in glue and clumsy, too confused to go on with your projects. The book is stuffed with colored photos, and illustrations of real hand-made books. They are called memory books, but they aren’t the kit-assembled scrapbooks that stuff the aisles of stores, these are handmade with heartfelt choices. Some are rustic, with torn pages and lots of handwriting. Some are polished with wood covers. All are worth looking at. Some are worth drooling over.
The 128-page paperback opens with a basic tutorial on paper and equipment and some basic assembly instructions, enough so you could make some of the projects in the book.
After the basic instructions, it helps to have some experience with accordion folds and coptic spine stiching to complete other projects. The book is not meant to be a tutorial on coptic stitching–there are not instructions for that–but that doesn’t diminish the book in the least. There is enough inspiration to fill weeks with your own creative work.
There are different sections, including Travel, Special Events, and Family, but each book can be adapted to your use.
–Quinn McDonald is a life coach and certified creativity coach. She reviews books for the Amazon.com Vine project.