A colleague commissioned me to make her one of my handmade books. She was happy to leave all the details to me, including book selection.
The day after she asked me I found the 'Guide to Places of the World' at my favourite op-shop.
My colleague is an intrepid traveler and has spent most of her working life in the performing arts sector, including a long stint with the circus. The first day I met her she was telling me a little about herself and she said "when I grew up I actually did join the circus".
The original book was a great size. About 8 x 11 inches with it's spine firmly intact, which is important for these stitched spine books. I knew that she was planning to keep it as a visual journal so I used all blank white pages. I rounded off the page corners for a nice extra effect. And I love the multiple closures. I've got all kinds of ideas bobbing around in my head for closures. This multiple closure makes me think of a coat. My colleague doesn't know anything about the book bag. I just decided to do that as a special touch.
I'll be giving her package to her when I get to work this morning. I can't wait!