Sunday, 5 October 2014

5 in 5 - October 2014 - MAKING BOOKS

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of

 each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes. 
I have always loved playing with paper and sharing more of what I do. My passion is for making books  and so I was really excited last week to run a class at one of my favourite shops in Essex, Birds in the Barn.  I used a range of Kaisercraft papers and loved the grunge colours and range of these designs but initially this also caused me a problem.  You see most of my handmade books are the focus for my photos..... but what ones to include?  The colours and design felt too heavy for the camping holiday with my granddaughters, and too flowery for other projects I have planned. 
Then I came up with the perfect idea....  a recent visit to the Gunpowder Mills!  Since this was very industrial and grey, but surrounded by a nature reserve and canals full of dragonflies, I was suddenly inspired and super excited!  The book has lots of pockets and flaps and in the class it was lovely to see how everyone used the papers in different ways, because I love nothing more than throwing an idea and letting people pick it up to use in their own way.  This allows everyone to make a book that feels individual rather than a copy of my example and everyone in the class seemed to enjoy themselves and go home pleased with what they made.  I still need to add journaling and finishing touches to my own book, but here it is in 5 photos:

I hadn't planned to make a book using these photos but I am glad that these papers offered an invitation as I love this book and it was a memorable day worthy of recording.  I wonder if you sometimes choose papers or materials then wonder how best to use them?  
As for my local book making classes, these are regularly planned and I love coming up with new ideas and designs each time.  I also have one special book in the making, but more about that later as this is a special surprise. 
And finally, I was invited to take part in an interview about my passion for paper, so do visit Paperphilia to find out more. 
As always, thank you for visiting and any comments are always warmly appreciated.  
If you are inspired to get out your camera and join in the '5 in 5' photo challenge here is the plan:

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.
     You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

There are more details here.

And one more thing - when you use the link tool, please click on your post title.  This will show the web address. Please right click, copy and paste this as your link.  This will take readers directly to your '5 in 5' blog page and be easier for them to find.

Thank you to those who have taken part so far, I have loved seeing your photos and hope you will be back with more. 

And don't forget, you have until 25th to post your link!



  1. I especially like the pull out bits in this one. And, yes, I quite often pick papers and then decide what I'm going to do with them rather than starting with the photo or the story

  2. I love the book Sandie, it looks great. We are soon off to visit my no. 3 son and his partner in their new home, so just hoping I can remember to pull the camera out of my bag so I can do my 5 on 5 while there.
    Joy x x

  3. fantastic book those papers seem to work perfectly with your day out xxx

  4. Oh that book is fantastic!

  5. You make such pretty books with interesting designs ... Glad to hear the classes are going so well.


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