Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Handmade Journal with old Enid Blyton book cover

I’ve been on a creative high lately, not just with the ideas but with the actual hands-on work as well. Rather than buying lots of materials and then letting them sit silently in the cupboard, I’ve actually been making things out of them!

My latest creation is a handmade journal made from an old hard cover Enid Blyton book! I’ve had the idea swimming around in my head for the longest time and I’m glad I finally pushed myself to see it materialize!

I scoured various places for old copies of Enid Blyton books. It made me sweat a little because they not only had to be in decent condition, I also refused to use the newer versions with modern cover designs. My benchmark was that the cover designs had to be the ones I remember from my days of reading the books or older. I chose Enid Blyton books because they offered me an alternative life when I was a kid coped up in a little apartment. They transported me to a land of adventures and mysteries, magic trees, wishing chairs, afternoon teas and ginger beers, boarding schools and midnight feasts… The blank pages in the journal are interspersed with a few pages from the original book. I thought these let us remember what it was like reading these books. Lastly, I spiral bound the journal in antique brass which I thought adds to the vintage vibe.

Personally, I’m happy with this journal and I hope you do too. It’s now listed in my little Etsy shop! Click over to see more pictures and get more details.


  1. Love your journal from the old books. Mika (www.mikascrap.typepad.com)

  2. I love this Sandy!! I love Enid Blyton so much - I might still have her books!

  3. that's cool. can tell you take much care and effort in what you do. awesome.

  4. I too used to like many Enid Blyton books as a child, which explains why I decided to write and publish a book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (www.bbotw.com).
    Stephen Isabirye


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