Seems like the snowfall made it official–winter is a-comin’!

With holidays being celebrated, stores are busy with people coming and going with packages of all shapes and sizes, trying to choose the perfect gift for a child or friend or family member.

When it comes to gift-giving, sometimes, I like to take a different approach by making a book, by hand, for that certain someone. This is fun to do when you have some free  time. It also provides the opportunity to reuse so many items.

One snowy afternoon, I just sit back, listen to some music and sort through the craft supplies that I have saved throughout the year. This includes coloured and plain papers; cereal box panels; strings, yarns, and ribbons; calendars and magazines.

Then I start to make some books like the ones  I constructed in this photo. I enjoy this past-time, a chance to upcycle and reuse materials, plus put a personal touch on a gift. You can be creative with the structure and contents.

If you want to give it a try, check out a book such as the one here by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord in my photo. The author of this book has excellent free resources online, as well. More tips are available from Alisa Golden at her website. One example is a folded book.

These gifts usually surprise the receivers. Also, such a personalized gift is treasured as a memory of the holiday and celebration. Enjoy these December days!

Author: Patricia McGoldrick

Poet Writer Reviewer Environment, Nature, Agriculture, People, and History are favorite topics to write about. Upcycling materials into handmade books is a fun challenge!

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