July 31, 2011

* Playing with Ledger Books

I've been a naughty girl ... e-baying again!  I've been very strict with myself lately because of this mess with the house, however, I saw these old ledger's and couldn't resist.  There were two sets of two.  I bid on both, minimum bid and forgot about it.  Much to my amazement, no one else bid, so I ended up with four books all from the early 1920's.  YUM.

I cut one apart and made a journal.  All my supplies have arrived now for book binding.  I have the waxed linen thread and book binding cloth in stock ... so I can 'go for it' whenever I feel the urge to play.

I did an open spine binding and had some challenges with this one.  I'm not sure why, although I think it was because I had so many of the pages different lengths and they kept shifting.  At one point I pulled the thread to tight in the wrong direction and ripped one of the signatures quite badly.  Alas and Alak!  Such is life.  I carried on, had fun finishing the book. Decided to collage the front.

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer weekend.  Thanks for dropping in .. the Sangria is on this week.  We can sit on the terrace and chat!
Travelers, it is late.
Life's sun is going to set.
During these brief days that you have strength,
be quick and spare no effort of your wings.  ~ Rumi


  1. Did you say Sangria? With fresh fruit! I'm coming!!! Love your ledger, never seen one of them on EBAY here, but well done on getting it and your book looks good! That must have kept you busy yesterday! Have fun playing with your new things, Hugs,

  2. LOVE your ledger transformations! Did you say Sangria? Oh please, pour me a glass, I'll be right there, and I'll tell you all about the Alexander Calder mobile exhibit that I visited yesterday at the Museum of Art in Orange County....amazing!

  3. Lovely! I'm coveting those butterfly diecuts.

  4. Love your ledger book and the butterfly theme is wonderful. What is it about butterflies that are so appealing? Is it their carefree motion or beauty.


  5. I love your ledger journal. Way too cool. Oh my gosh, Sangria, I'll be right there........that is my favorite especially with fresh fruit.

  6. Hi Donna! This book is so cool. We have the same whim these days. I busted out my book of book binding and tried an easy one yesterday. Need more time to play. Thanks for the great inspiration!
    Take care!

  7. Oh, what fun to sit on the terrace and have Sangria with you!! Old ledger books are so wonderful. I have an old one that belonged to my dad and granddad's business, they were both stock brokers in the day! I will use it somehow, sometime, but have not figured it out yet. It is VERY tall. I like the binding you did on yours, Donna. Thanks for checking in and all your lovely comments. xo lenna

  8. Incredible journals, you naughty girl....visiting ebay that is! Love the side bindings so much!take care, gerri

  9. Sangria yes please and terrace yes please and Mexico yes please ! Great ledger as allows your restless spirit allows you created such wonderful treats for our tired eyes love this !