Thursday, 16 April 2015

Altered Vintage Book - Daily Diary 2015


 2015 Daily Diary
 
This year has been one of the busiest I've experienced with lack of time to scrap, blog and blog visiting, among other things.  I don't think I've ever had such a skimpy amount of blog posts since the beginning of the year compared to all the other years.
With the involvement of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' musical which began last October and ran through the till almost Easter with a two week break for Christmas - weeeell, it just threw me.   As much as I loved (in the end) doing it, so much else has suffered.
I'm getting back on track....slowly and trying to reel in some mojo.
 
Strangely enough... I didn't even have time to get a diary for 2015!
Yep, you would think that with such a busy schedule, I would need one,
but it has been so predictable and same-same (like clockwork) - I didn't really need one, especially with the girls now living away to study.
But I miss a diary and in the past have always had one that feels nice to write in and seems expressive...
SO.....
last night, I picked up a little vintage book (got a few little ones put aside) measuring 11 x17cm
    and just a little over a 1cm wide - perfect!
 
 and worked out how many pages I need for each day - from now until the end of the year....
and looked how many pages where in the book... also perfect!
 
Then set about painting out the pages..
 
The little blue book is English and called the 'Wrong Box'  -
 somehow seems to fit my way of life has run its course this year!
 
Found a 2015 calendar to put in one of the first pages of the book...
And used this fabulous vintage stamp...
I do feel 'Out to Lunch'!!  Appropriate!
 
 
Then thought... why not add in a monthly calendar too
so I found this one and printed it out for April...
the calendars will probably be the only things I'll stick in the book...(and monthly tags)
AND since this one is red... thought I'd stick with 'red' for April!
The rest will be just paint and ink stamping so it doesn't get too bulky to carry in my handbag.
 
 
 
I wanted to back track a little to pop Easter in and my working trip away, so the date preceding to yesterday, I've put two per page....  (and usual protocol -photoshopped out some of the personal/business details :) )
 
 
 
 
 
So from yesterday onwards...  it means one date per page to scribble away on...
 
 
 
No dressing it up... no adding in photos/pictures.... just my scribble...
 
 
 




 
 Fount this playing card buried in my stash
.... time for its next life!
 
 
So cut out the purple background and dressed her hair with a yellow sequin.
Included are some subtle arrows and a little camera with 'snap'.
(Its like this lady was posing for the camera!)
 
 
 
 I thought I might add a prompt here and there and have a little 15 minutes of creative fun.... :Favourite Snacks:


 
 
  I'm going to continue with it...
got to get onto todays - only need 15-20 mins :)
 
 
 
Now I have a diary which lives in my bag...
-breathed new life into a forgotten old book gathering dust
AND..... recycled - always good for the trees
:)
 

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Winter - 1st JUNE...




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7 comments:

Lizzyc said...

Looks good! And yes life gets busy!

Jane said...

Such a super idea! You certainly have a way with using old books creatively, I love this.

Lizzy Hill said...

Well, I hope things settle. I have missed your blogging and your creativity.....!!! Good idea:) I've had 2 false starts with diaries [bought ones] this year - but 3rd time lucky seems to be working!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What a great idea!! I loveeeeeeeeee this!!!!!!!!

Deb said...

Such a fabulous way to give new life to this beautiful old book. It looks wonderful, Mandy.

LCSmithSAVED said...

I like that it's for you. Just a place to jot things. With all the planner craze in the scrap industry this is truly a breath of fresh air. Hope it suits you!
Oh, and I think your scrap mojo & my housekeeping mojo are spending Spring together in Paris...
;-)

Chantal Vandenberg said...

What a cool project!