The long weekend is approaching. There is much to celebrate this Thanksgiving in Canada.

We celebrate the season, as gardens are primed for their final show of colour. Front doors are decorated with orange, yellow, plum, and creamy mums. Local markets and roadside vendors are scouted for the most unique looking gourds, squash, apples, and other seasonal delights.


Often, the highlight of this time spent together with family and friends is a special dinner with family favourite recipes, local produce reflecting the bounty of this year’s harvest, perhaps a beverage or two.

Careful planning goes into these dinners: the menu, table decorations, dishes, and flowers. For pot-luck meals, someone is most likely making a list and checking it more than twice.

This year, you might like to welcome your guests in a unique way—with a custom-made name book for them. With a few simple folds, the blank side of a piece of paper can be upcycled from its original one-sided print use to an individualized name book. Check the flyers from mail and paper files at home.

Children, often not part of the meal planning, will be eager to get involved with this activity, excited to make a special name book for a grandparent, cousin, aunt or uncle. They can gather together some supplies: paper, markers, twigs, elastics, leaves, pictures from magazines.

For these name books, there are two formats that are simple to make if you follow some straight-forward instructions from the person who first inspired me to make books from upcycled materials, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. Just click on these books listed below to see the guidelines:

After making a couple of name books, you might get caught up in the hobby of       making other kinds of books. If that happens, I recommend an excellent book by Erin

Scanned Book Cover

Zamrzla, At Home With Handmade Books. Ideal for an autumn read, this a true bookmaking handbook with colourful photos of sample books followed by fundamentals of making these creations. Excellent instruction is given with easy to follow text and illustrations.

Enjoy that Thanksgiving dinner!