My Monster Book of Monsters

Hey did I ever tell you about the time I turned my day planner (yes, I still use a really real paper book day planner) into the Monster book of Monsters?  I’ve been meaning to show it to you for a while…

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I was sorting through my day planner one day and decided, “you know what?  I probably really need to turn this into that.”  And I did.  And it didn’t take very long!  Its removable, and I can replace the day planner with a small sketchbook if I want.

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It’s incredibly wonky and terribly made, but it works, and it makes me smile.  I started by laying my book open flat on the fabric, cut a big rectangle to size, and sewed the little pockets to the ends, even adding a little side pocket for pens and post-its.   After the pockets were sewn on and flipped, I sewed the fringed tentacles straight to it (thankfully, the stitches are fairly well-hidden because of the fur).

And see that piece of white cardboard on the left hand inside, in the photo above?  I’ll explain that in a moment…

I sculpted lil teeth and gums from Sculpey, heated them up, and glued them straight on.  I didn’t do a bottom set because I wanted it to still be functional, and that just wouldn’t work because I’m right-handed and those teeth would totally get in my way.

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So that white piece of cardboard on the inside I mentioned earlier?  That’s sort of the wonky key holding the top part of the “head” together.  There are probably a dozen better ways to do this, but I just cut a curved section out of the top fur, added some stuffing, glued another piece of fabric that I attached some glass doll monster eyes to, and closed it all up on the underside with the cardboard.  It’s wonky, but it works.  The book slides on top of the wonky cardboard, and everything stays together (fingers crossed).

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I sewed a quick little “tongue” bookmark, which holds my place on the calendar section.

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And there you go!  My favorite projects are not only fun, but FUNCTIONAL…so having something that I can actually use AND that makes me smile is pretty much a happy project for me, all around.

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Technically, it should have the bottom teeth and a belt to close it, of course, but again–I needed it to be FUNCTIONAL, and anything that hinders the function isn’t gonna work.

Finally, I used gold paint on some pleather-like material, and cut it out around the letters, gluing it to the top.  And BOOM!  There’s my Monster book of Monsters day planner!

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It reminded me of the homemade paper bag book covers I used to make for my textbooks ages ago (because that’s what we did a million years ago).  But this was on a much fuzzier scale, of course… ❤

4 responses

  1. That’s so great! I love it!

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    “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein

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  2. Reminds me of the days when I used a Day-Timer, and took a handmade bookbinding class — hence several handmade Day-Timer covers! Not as fuzzy or toothy as yours — and I graduated to a Palm and then an iPhone and now a Windows phone, for planning and scheduling — but of similar spirit. Love your off-the-wall take on a planner cover!

  3. I love it!

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