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Lodger - front cover
This is a one-of-a-kind journal made from a rescued copy of the 1944 book "The Lodger" by Marie Belloc Lowndes.
I have embellished the cover with a vintage photograph of three young men, unknown to me, anyone of whom I'm sure any property owner would accept as a tenant!
Lodger - pages
I water stressed the pages of the book.  This involves hand tearing each page and dipping it for a few minutes into water colored with acrylic paint.  Then I hang each page to dry on a wooden clothes drying rack before binding them together into the book.  I like the look, feel, and sound of water-stressed paper when I write on it.  And, yes, I did discover water stressing by spilling some coffee in my own journal!
Lodger - woman quote

On several pages are out-of-context quotes that I have selected from the original book.
Writers may use the quotes as writing prompts for inspiration or reflection,
Lodger - illness quote

As points of agreement or disagreement,
Lodger - live as I want quote

Or simply as places to begin a meandering thought journey.
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Lodger - outside cover

  I bound the pages into the book cover using long and kettle stitches.  These are visible on the spine over ribbons, which serve to anchor the cover to the book block (a term which means all the pages of a book as a whole).  The book block contains five signatures (a term for groups of pages). 

Back to the Top Lodger - inside front cover

The inside front and back covers are copies onto card stock of my original watercolor painting.

Back to the Top Lodger - inside back cover

  Note, I give the page number of each quote, when available, and list the publication information on the last page of the journal.

On the last page is my unique signature medallion, which also indicates the year I made the book.
The journal has an attached ribbon bookmark which I have weighted with, appropriate for lodgings, a key.
Back to the Top Lodger - paper bookmark

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

Dimensions of the journal are approximately 8.25" x 5.25" x 1.3".