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Monday, January 14, 2008

Project Lifebook

Jen, Kimmie, and I decided to embark upon a new project: Lifebook

What's a lifebook? I have no clue. Something I made up. A journal with oompf. A diary with pizazz. A planner, if you so choose, with meaning.

I was so tired of the same planners, the same blank journals, none of them ever fit my personality. As Jen so aptly described me, "All brown and leathery on the outside and pink and girlie swirls on the inside."

Wait til you see the pictures, you'll get it. The thing is, it totally describes me. I am all tough and brazen, leathery and textured on my outside personality. There's an inner part that is a bit foo-foo. In small doses. I can't stomach being flowery all the time.

Because all planners and journals seem generic, I decided to create my own. I'm calling it a Lifebook.

We did this as a group project, Phil cooked lunch and then hid. But Zane actually wanted to make one, too. Jen and Kimmie both used different "base books" and that's the key to all of this. The one rule is that it has to be about you and what you like.

I found a pink swirly basic blank journal at Walmart for $5.63 (I tried to check for a picture of it before I changed it, but I don't see it listed.) Jen started with a journal from CVS with ribbons on the spiral part. Kimmie started with a three-ringed binder.

I bought some fabric to cover it with. If I could have found real leather, I would have bought that, but I settled for the fake stuff. Jen covered hers as well, Kimmie decorated pages like you'd do a scrapbook page and slid it down into the front and back of her three-ringed binder.

On the inside, I wanted to reinforce the pages to add pocket pages, so I glued some scrapbook paper to the original page of the book, then created slip on pockets (I decorated those, too)

Then I made tabs for each section I wanted in my Lifebook.

So that's what I've got for you today. Tomorrow, we can talk about Tab titles and subtitles and the stuff that makes this about each of our unique personalities.

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Heather said...

Love it!
Yeah, some surprises when we met--your pink phone and all that pink stuff in your purse.
I wouldn't have guessed pink.
Also, wanted to let you know that I did that meme you tagged me for a few weeks ago! (It's at'm not using blogger anymore.)

Alexis Jacobs said...

What a totally cool idea! I want one :) You going to market these?

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to see more. It looks awesome so far and I may copy your idea and create something for myself too.

~michelle pendergrass said...

Alexis--Should I market them?!

Jennifer--Copy away! Send me a link and pictures!!

Unknown said...

You have to admit, Phil created a terrific lunch. That may have been the key inspiration.

I'll have pics of mine up later today or tomorrow. Depends on how much real work I get done! :)

Unknown said...

Okay, I couldn't wait. I posted pictures of mine on my blog. I also posted pictures of the ones the girls made. Mich, you need to put up a pic of Zane's.

Kay Day said...

very cool! I love the idea!

Unknown said...

That is a very cool idea. I have a paper fetish so this would be a perfect project for me. Maybe when I get through with my tackles it could be my reward, huh!! :) Thanks for visiting Clappy Shoes.