Monday, July 13, 2009

"Secret Journal" Revisited

An on-line group that I belong to has a weekly T.O.D. (topic of discussion) and this week it is Hinges. I thought that sounded interesting however, I wondered how they could be incorporated into a book one way or another. I then remembered that several years ago my sister and I did a collaboration between the two of us that had a hinged cover and hinged lock closure.
I decided to dig out the book and have another look. Now that I look at it again, I realise this was a wonderful project. We had always corresponded via snail mail and both of us loved the anticipation of receiving something in the mail. We decided to start keeping our correspondence in journal format and actually have filled several journals to date. I still think this is my all time favorite one though.
The cover is constructed out of old wooden yard sticks and wooden orange crates (Oranje Boven!). The size of this journal is 8" X 11 1/2". It's 3" thick ... bursting full with all sorts of secrets. In fact many of the cryptic messages are only visible with an ultraviolet light ... it's deliciously secret indeed.

12 comments:

Vicki Holdwick said...

Ingrid,

This is really a wonderful idea, and I love the binding.

xoxo

Ingrid Dijkers said...

Thank you! I had forgotten what a wonderful book this is!

Terri Kahrs said...

Gorgeous! What a treasure trove of memories and love. Hugs, Terri

Eveline said...

Wish my sisters would do this with me. ;) And yes: Oranje Boven!

Pattio said...

This is very SteamPunk! Cool!

Love the yardsticks and all the hardware. And everyone loves a secret. :)

stregata said...

OMGosh, this is sooo beautiful!!!

Lindart said...

What a wonderful journal to re-discover! I love the wooden cover and the lock, and the lovely fibers and charms hanging from it. I often find books that I've made, then forgotten about - I'm always surprised when I come across them, because sometimes I don't even remember making it! It's always fun to revisit a project from long ago! I would love to sneak a peek inside. . .!

Mar said...

how intersting!!! love the idea of the yardsticks weren't y;all just too clever..
cute cute

Annieta Vries said...

Oh what a wonderful time I spend here on your weblog ... love to nose around! So many lovely works of art! I realy enjoy!!!

michele said...

What a treasure! I envy you terribly! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous collections!

Kerstin said...

I think I need some old wooden yard sticks ... ;-) Magical!

Catharina Maria said...

This is really a wonderful book !
I love it very MUCH !
Rini the Netherlands

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