There are two, in particular, that I'm proud of. One is the 2011 Reading Log for the first quarter. I always try to add a bit to this one, going for hearts. Most of the people I get these reading logs from send short reviews of the books. Which are great and I love reading what they think! But I actually pull my entries from the reviews that I do here. Pictures and everything. I put them into a document file, clean them up so they look nice, and send them off in a book format. Granted, I don't go overboard - I buy a nice plastic report cover (this one, actually) and put it together. This time, I even included a table of contents and an introduction.
The front page.
The Table of Contents
You can't see as well through the frosted front, but this is the whole thing put together.
I had to make two of these and, personally, I thought they came out wonderful. They totaled 40 pages - and yes, I printed front and back to save paper!
The second one that I'm particularly proud of is for a Six Word Memoir swap. We need to send our six word memoir to 3 partners on a postcard. The postcard can be store bought or home made, but it has to have the words on it. I chose to create my own.
First I took my postcard base and measured some 8 x 8 scraps that I had. I cut the scraps to fit the postcards and double-sided taped them on. Then I took some pretty journal tabs that I got from a swapper recently and used one on each postcard. Onto the journal tabs, I used my same sticky double-sided tape to put on the six words, printed out and cut with heartstring scissors.
This was the result:
Lost Heartache, Then Found True Love
I think it really came out pretty. It's work that I'm proud of.
The other four swaps that I've got aren't ones that would be good for pictures. One is a Tea swap, where I get to send some tea to one partner. One is a calendar in which I've circled 30 different days and included memories of those days. The third is a list of 10 things that I love about my kids, sent to two partners. And the final is a springtime card swap. I'll be sending a card created by a friend of mine, Camille Engel. She paints beautifully and she gave me a set of cards with her paintings on the front as a birthday gift. Since they're so beautiful, I'm sending one to a partner with a note about what spring means to me.
This next week, I suspect I'll be working on journals. I have several that I'm in the midst of - my randomness journal, the resend for the 30 day journal swap, my Week in the Life... journal and my media journal. That's a lot of journals to work on! Plus I'm doing my daily doodles for the two doodle-a-day swaps I'm in. I only have a couple other swaps due this week, so I look forward to spending a lot of time on the journals. Especially since I'm going to be spending a lot of Friday at the doctor's with Rich (nothing earth shattering, no worries). Times like that give me time to work on some of the things I love to do though.