Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Little Journal

My granddaughter turned 19 last month and for her birthday I made this little journal of her gr-grandmother, Etta Bower Davis (my mother), with whom she shares her middle name. Like I mentioned last week I got hooked on a YouTube video of how to make a little 'junk journal' and this is what I came up with.

The cover with a closure of silk ribbon, buttons, and beads from the thrift shop. It's small--2-3/4" x 4". I'll show you some of the pages. 

I reduced the size of the photos and tucked a little something inside each envelope pocket . . 

. . . like this photo that was taken at Clason Point Amusement Park in the Bronx and . . . 

. . . on the back a copy of a page from her 1919 Arithmetic book. Can you believe I had that??

A copy of a card my mother gave to her mother who wrote the note at the bottom to me many years ago: "This from your dear mother when she was little."

The centerfold pockets hold photos of my mother's embroidered flowers.

About 12-14 yrs old on the left and in the pocket a cropped photo of her and her classmates at PS 166 in Manhattan. She was 9 years old and in the 4th grade (1919).

1929 high school photo with drawings she did for the yearbook. 

Her 1935 engagement portrait and tucked inside are photos of my granddaughter and me :)

All in all there are 6 pages with photos and pockets, the center fold with two pockets plus front and back covers. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and am anxious to start on another one!


This month's Farmhouse flowers. Aren't those lilies gorgeous?

Enjoy your week!


Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Wow, what an amazing and special gift for your grand daughter. I wish they weren't called "junk" journals - because this is a treasure! The photos are so sweet!

  2. I was thinking like Cynthia that this beautiful treasured journal should have a different descriptive name. You put so much thought and love into such a special gift.

  3. What a precious gift. I love all the little treasures tucked inside. I hope she appreciates all the meaning this holds!

  4. What a special jewel to always treasure.

  5. What a precious journal! Beautiful and holds such precious memories.