I decided to embark upon a new project: Lifebook

What’s a lifebook? I have no clue. Something I made up. A journal with oompf. A diary with pizazz. A planner, if you so choose, with meaning.

I was so tired of the same planners, the same blank journals, none of them ever fit my personality. As Jen so aptly described me, “All brown and leathery on the outside and pink and girlie swirls on the inside.”

Wait til you see the pictures, you’ll get it. The thing is, it totally describes me. I am all tough and brazen, leathery and textured on my outside personality. There’s an inner part that is a bit foo-foo. In small doses. I can’t stomach being flowery all the time.

Because all planners and journals seem generic, I decided to create my own. I’m calling it a Lifebook.

We did this as a group project, Phil cooked lunch and then hid. But Zane actually wanted to make one, too. Jen and Kimmie both used different “base books” and that’s the key to all of this. The one rule is that it has to be about you and what you like.

I found a pink swirly basic blank journal at Walmart for $5.63 (I tried to check walmart.com for a picture of it before I changed it, but I don’t see it listed.) Jen started with a journal from CVS with ribbons on the spiral part. Kimmie started with a three-ringed binder.

I bought some fabric to cover it with. If I could have found real leather, I would have bought that, but I settled for the fake stuff. Jen covered hers as well, Kimmie decorated pages like you’d do a scrapbook page and slid it down into the front and back of her three-ringed binder.

On the inside, I wanted to reinforce the pages to add pocket pages, so I glued some scrapbook paper to the original page of the book, then created slip on pockets (I decorated those, too)

Then I made tabs for each section I wanted in my Lifebook.

So that’s what I’ve got for you today. Tomorrow, we can talk about Tab titles and subtitles and the stuff that makes this about each of our unique personalities.

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