Handmade Decorative Books

I am constantly adding to my collection of craft books. There are so many great ones out there. Not only are they lovely to look at, but each one provides new inspiration for things to make and create. If only there was more time to try everything! I recently bought Handmade Decorative Books by Sue Roddis. It is a wonderful book with guides and techniques for making your own albums and embellishing them with collage, stamping, and stitching.

I decided to have a go at making the heart album, shown on the cover. Although there is a template at the back of the book, I chose to make my own as I wanted to make the pages larger. I had great fun embellishing the pages with some of my favourite photos, and beautiful papers from my stash. A book of nature and garden quotes from Sarabooks Hot Off The Press Inc. provided some lovely additions to the pages.

This photograph provided me with an opportunity to use one of my favourite quotes. Without change, there would be no butterflies – anon.