I snapped up this curled-up panoramic picnic portrait at an auction because I love to rescue old photos. I study the faces, captured in a moment in time, and I wonder who they were and what kind of lives they lived.
Now you can take these folks to your next family get-together. This Japanese Stab bound blank sketchbook makes the perfect place to hand-write family stories, sketch faces young and old, and collect the names and signatures of the family members, making this a fun keepsake.
I color copied the original photo and used a lightweight cardstock to make the self-hinged front cover. The sturdy back cover is wrapped in a brown patterned mulberry paper capable of withstanding numerous pass-arounds at large family gatherings.
I’ve included a mix of blank acid-free sketch papers and lined writing paper with a few decorative papers mixed in to separate the sections. The inside covers are lined with a lively retro-style paper to complement the tones of the cover photo.
I stitched it all together with a lime green waxed linen thread knotted at the bottom hole with a glass leaf bead. This journal/album/sketchbook measures 7” tall x 10 ¾” wide with about 35 pages.