Item #: j-2048
1978 Yearbook
Price: $47 (includes tax)
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1978 outside covers
This one-of-a-kind journal is upcycled from a discarded 1978 encyclopedia year book.
I attached an owl from a discarded 1970's piece of jewelry (my sister's I believe) to the cover.  Braid from the 1970's not only embellishes the cover but also serves to anchor the blank pages inside to the journal.  (I know this braid is from the 1970's because I used it to jazz up the bottom of my jeans at the time.  Unfortunately it shrunk when washed while the jeans did not.)
I bound the seven signatures of pages (a term for groups of pages folded together) to the book cover using long and kettle stitches.  These are visible on the spine over the ribbon anchors.
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open pages
The pages of the journal are made from "water-stressed" paper.  To water stress I hand tear each page along a straight edge and then dip it in acrylic-colored water for a few minutes.  In this case I started with gold colored paper and dipped it into red-tinted water.  I then hang the page on a folding clothes rack to dry.  I like not only the look of water stressing but also the sound and feel when I write on it.  A multi-sensory experience!

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chic quote
I include out-of-context quotes from the original book on several of the pages.
These can be used as writing prompts.

bats
                quote
  Writers may react for or against the prompts or ignore them all together. 
 
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human
                rights quote
Or they may use the quote as the starting point for a meandering thought journey.


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things-to-say
                quote
Note: I give the page number of each quote, when available, and list the publication information on the last page of the journal.
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inside
                front
I copied my original watercolor painting onto cardstock paper and used it to line the front and back covers and to reinforce the spine.
 

inside back
On the last page is my unique signature medallion, which also indicates the year I made the book.
The journal has attached beaded ribbon bookmarks. 

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bookmark
I include a paper bookmark listing the book's main features.

Dimensions of the journal are approximately 10" x 7.5" x 1.25".

 
 
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