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PeaNut 478,124
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Posted: 1/1/2013 11:13:10 AM
My mom (74 yo) and I have both decided to take this class this year to make sure our stories aren't forgotten. I am a big scrapbooker, but my mother is not. We are both quite crafty and she is anexcellent seamstress. I am having a hard time picking journals, etc for the class. I know Kerri is using a composition notebook, but I'm torn if that is the way I want to go. I had thought of using the smash type books (Recollections I think) at Michaels and inserting paper (could also divide sections if necessary, but not sure with that either. Any other ideas? I need to decide quickly so we don't fall behind.



PeaNut 6,687
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Posted: 1/1/2013 11:28:20 AM
How nice that your mom is taking this with you. How I wish I still had my mom here to do this with me.

I'm undecided on a notebook too. I thought at first I'd use a large spiral-ringed journal, but being left-handed, the ring is always in the way. I have that problem with regular bound journals too. I'd like it to be a bit more permanent than a composition book. I use those all over the house for all kinds of things. Hmm... good excuse to go shopping!

I'd like some other ideas, too.



PeaNut 253,768
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Posted: 1/1/2013 11:55:18 AM
I am planning to use a Studio Calico Handbook which is similar to the Snap albums. It has pocket pages like Project Life but is only 6x8.


PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
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Posted: 1/1/2013 1:59:50 PM
What about using an 8.5x11 3 ring binder with loose leaf paper?
Then you could add in some full pages for "smash" type stuff as well as some divided page protectors if you wanted to put some photos or other things in?

Christi in MA

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PeaNut 266,613
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Posted: 1/1/2013 2:07:08 PM
I plan to type, vs. write, and am going 8.5 x 11. I will slip it into page protectors and can add pictures, etc. as necessary.

I am too OCD to feel like I can make the commitment of one bound book with a set number of pages.

Kerri's example was really cute of her opening page and I can totally achieve that kind of look, too, the way I'm going.

I think it's going to be GREAT and how neat that your mom is taking it, too!


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PeaNut 478,124
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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:34:28 PM
great ideas....hmmm, decisions decisions



PeaNut 559,230
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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:47:20 PM
Don't use the michaels version of Smash. It does not hold very much other than the dividers. Pages are extremely hard to turn when I added extra paper. Go with something with bigger binder ring. I'm trying to use mine for a life book and will probably have to find something like a small binder I found at an office store. Not as cute but will not open on me like my michaels one does. Hope this helps!

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PeaNut 478,124
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Posted: 1/1/2013 5:04:28 PM
awww -- I hate to hear that about the M's smash book but thanks so much janannemd for the advice...I appreciate this type of info

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