Thursday, July 3, 2008

Gift Journals

Hi All - I hope that you are enjoying the wonderful weather and looking forward to the 4th holiday. I'm having a BBQ on the 5th and I'm really looking forward to it. Family and friends will gather in my yard and we will talk, laugh, eat and drink and just enjoy the day. I'm really in the mood for that interaction - can't wait.

I think my anticipation for my BBQ on the 5th might be because of the tension that I have experienced at work these days. A few of my best friends just lost their jobs and their last day at work was this past Tuesday. I was struggling
as to what to give them as gifts and I decided that I would make them journals. We had been talking about sketch journals (two of them are good customers of mine as well) and gratitude journals, to help them through this difficult layoff. They had about 30 years with the company, combined, and their whole department was eliminated. So here is what I came up with.

This one is for my dear friend Debbie. Her and I have worked together for my entire career at the airline and she will be missed.
However, because we enjoy getting together monthly to stamp, she will always be a part of my life.

This next one is for my
friend Nancy. I knew that green was the color for Debbie but I was at a bit of a loss for Nancy. I think that she likes all colors !! So when I found this Basic Grey paper in my stash, I just knew that it would work for her.

Now the next one is the one that disturbs me the
most. Even though we laughed real hard about it and Jill didn't want me to change a thing, I'm still disturbed by it. Can you see the error ?? Yep, you got it - I put her initial on backwards !! Can you believe it. The best part of it is that the book was shown to about 12 people and only 1 person noticed it !! I cannot believe how I can do that and I wasn't rushed when making them. Well dear Jill, if you read this - just tell everyone that I took creative license with the alphabet !! Or you could say that it is one of those funny looking t's and you just changed your name to Till !! I love you anyway and I hope that you find a good use for your mixed up journal !!

All journals are made with Basic Grey paper, Papertray Ribbon and the pages inside are cut from Neenah Bright White cardstock. The Bind-It-All is what I used to put them together. Chip board diecuts are from Stampin'Up.

Well, I hope you enjoy the journals and I truly hope that you enjoy your holiday weekend.


Anja said...

I think Grandma crocheted me an afghan with the N in my name backwards, too. It must be genetic. Love these journals, and would like a little tutorial on how to make them. I really am interested in book making.

Lori Stilger said...

LOL!! That's something I would do - putting the initial on backwards. :D Actually, I think I have before.... :)
Thanks for sharing. I don't envy you the stress of losing co-workers, but what thoughtful gifts you chose to make.
Have a great time at your party tomorrow!

Jane said...

I'm sorry about your friends. The economy sure isn't doing so well these days. Hope they are able to find other work (or maybe retire?)

The journals are awesome. That backwards "J" is something I'd do. I can't count how many times I've had to undo and redo something because of a stupid mistake!


Bevie Pearl said...

Your friends are so lucky to have you for support and to receive such a wonderful gift. Your journals are fantastic. I like how you designed them. Awesome work, Stevie!

Lisbet said...

I was just surfing around and I really enjoy watching your blog.
Hava a great summer.

Shabbychick Junk said...

You know what? Life is just freaking BACKWARDS sometimes, you leave it AS IS, SISTER! Just checking in on you to see how you are and what you're up to. Travel is crazy right now with the economy...we're all holding our breath! Hang in there, sweet friend!


Pam/Iris said...

These are so pretty Stevie, and I like your backwards J, creative indeed!! :)

Heather McNally said...

I love these journals!!!! OMW - that is so funny about the J! Your work is GORGEOUS, Stevie!