Item #: j-2027
The Marriage and the Family Experience
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Marriage and the Family Experience outside
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This is a one-of-a-kind journal upcycled from a discarded sociology textbook, "The Marriage and Family Experience."  I embellished the cover by first painting an undercoat of pink acrylic.  I attached a copy of a vintage wedding photo and overlaid most of the cover with pieces of a damaged and discarded lace curtain.  I further attached some bits of decorative trim and part of a discarded necklace.
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open pages
I hand tore the paper used for the pages along a straight and a variegated ruler to the size needed for the book cover.

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


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pleasure-to-write quote

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

1980s quote

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

(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

The paper for the inside front and back covers is a copy onto cardstock of my original watercolor and pen painting.  I also use this paper to reinforce the spine.
 

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On the last page is my unique signature medallion, which also indicates the year I made the book. 

The journal has three 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 7.5" x 10" x 1.5".
 
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