For Christmastime, I altered a book to make a "fauxdori" -- based on the Japanese journaling system, the Midori Traveler's Notebook (MTN). These notebooks have leather covers with attached elastic, and notebook inserts can easily slip in and out of the elastic. Many people make their own version of these TNs -- from fabric, or paper, or books. There are a ton of tutorials on YouTube that show how to make any one of these types of notebooks. I'm calling this fauxdori/bookdori a "Christmasdori". I made it by covering a book with a couple layers of craft felt (for a bit of cushioning) and one of Cotton & Steel's delicious fabrics. I've put grommets in the book's spine to allow for the passage of the elastic.
As a charm, I've added a Hallmark mini Santa ornament to my Christmasdori, who got a lobster claw clasp upgrade.
- Inside front cover is covered with scrapbook paper. A "dashboard" is made from a small photo album sleeve and a postcard by illustrator Doug Jones. The first handmade notebook insert is showing.
- Inside front cover of the "dashboard" has sticky notes decorated with stickers attached. First insert is a notebook I made using a file folder, scrapbook paper, and graph paper. Sewed at the spine with waxed peppermint dental floss... cuz it's like Christmas and stuff...
- Back of first insert. Hello Kitty card from a friend is washi-taped down. Inside back cover of dashboard (postcard by Doug Jones).
- Back of dashboard; beginning of smashbook insert. Smashbook is made from a variety of scrapbook scraps of different sizes. Some have pockets. I've stitched the smashbook together at the spine with waxed dental floss.
- Sample spread from smashbook. I use this smashbook for journaling, memory-keeping, drawing, gluing in ephemera, adding stickers. I've been adding to it over time and when it's "done" by the end of the month, I want it to be chock-a-block full of all things Christmas-y.
- End of smashbook; Fauxbonichi insert cover. Fauxbonich is the "faux" version of a Japanese daily paper-planning method known as "Hobonichi". The Fauxbonichi journal insert is made from a Hallmark Christmas card (a tri-fold one). I made it into a notebook by inserting graph paper and stitching at spine with waxed dental floss. This journal insert is held inside the Christmasdori by the elastic that's woven into the 'dori. The fauxbonichi insert readily slips out for ease in journaling.
- Fauxbonichi journal insert, inside front cover. Since the Christmas card is a tri-fold, I get more image-bang-for-my buck, which is a happy-making venture. The first several pages of the fauxbonichi contain all the journaling/doodling prompts for the month. I got these prompts through a Facebook group to which I belong called Fauxbonichi Journalers.
- Some of pages of the journal.
In the next blogpost, I'll show you the journal pages. Thanks for stopping by!