Monday

My Story Books

I thank God that He is in the Master Storyteller, and I thank Him for the many stories He's written into my life. Seeing God's hand and plan in my life is one reason this project was so meaningful for me.

On a decor site I saw painted books tied together with a vintage ribbon and they looked lovely. And that gave me the idea for this project. First I bought hard cover books of various sizes from Goodwill ($1.50) and the Dollar Store ($1).

 Then I  painted the book covers with acrylic paint, all the same color.


I decided on these five shapes and sizes for my collection.

Then I thought of titles that described different aspects of my life, picked fonts I liked, and ran them off.  For those who are interested these are the "stories" behind my titles:

1. Teen-Age Bride--I was married at 19 to my high school sweetheart.

2. The Soldier's Wife--my husband was a career Army officer and I loved the life.

3. Better Than Gold at Fort Knox--I found Jesus when we were stationed at Fort Knox (where gold is also stored). This is my most important book because it means my name is written in the most important book of all time, the BOOK OF LIFE (Luke 10:20; Revelation 20:11-13).


4. All Things Work for Good--This is what God says about all of life in Romans 8:28. When we know Him, even the bad things work for good. My life has had sadness, sorrow, pain and sickness, but the longer my journey, the more easily I see how all things, even the most difficult, have worked for my good--made me stronger, more understanding, more forgiving, less self-righteous. 

5. Still Crazy in Love--I've been married for 41 years and I'm more deeply in love with my husband now than when I married him. Who said teen-aged marriages don't work? : )


I think there's a better way to do this next step, but I did it this way:
1. I taped the titles where I wanted them on the book spines.
2. With a pen, I outlined the letters, pressing hard.

3. Then I traced (in pencil) the impressions my pen outlines had left.

 4. Finally, I used permanent marker to trace over and fill in the letters.

 I tried my collection several places in my house with different accent items to see where it looked best. This is #1--on an antique oak desk in my entry area.

 #2 on a vintage school desk in my kitchen

  #3--on the vintage dresser I use as a buffet in my dining room. These bookends were a gift from my sister several years ago. I think they're neat. But I had them in the room where my two-year-old granddaughter slept when she spent the night with us, and she asked me to move them because they were scary.  I can see how she thought that. So I took them out of that room.

 I'd love to have you leave a comment and tell me what your five titles would be if you made a book collection of your life.

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37 comments:

  1. Wow! ~ What a very creative idea and so well done ~ lovely! ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

    Consider linking up with my blog hop Magical Monday Meme ~ love to have you and your creative ideas ~ ^_^
    Titles I might have for books, SPIRIT, TAO, PEACE and SERENITY, LOVE, LIVE

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    1. It's fun to hear people's book titles. Thanks for sharing yours. I'm traveling this week, so didn't get a chance to hook up with Magical Monday...maybe next week. Thanks.

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  2. Pretty! And such a great conversation starter to point people to God and what He's done in your life.

    Carly @ ryandcar.blogspot.com

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    1. Just got these finished, so it will be fun to see what others think of them when they visit my home.

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  3. Such a lovely idea, and I enjoyed learning the story behind each title :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Always encouraging for me to hear what others think.

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  4. What a lovely project. Love the books in the hand bookends. If I had to do titles on books mine may be..The Book of Job (LOL do I need to explain).....Endless Love ( my CarGuy and I have been together since we were 17!)......Little Cabin in the Woods (our home and the trials and tribulations of building and keeping it)......Animal House (1 dog, 6cats, and the various critters that visit)

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    1. Love you book titles...serious and funny and everything in between. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love how this looks!! Great idea to come up with book names that represent your life.

    I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a Dime this week!!

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  6. Hi Gail - such a great idea. Almost a place to look and remember the stepping stones and remember God's role in them and testify. Great talking point.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. Yes, I just finished these before we flew to Hungary so I haven't had much feedback yet, but I look forward to seeing what people think when they visit and hearing their book titles...you didn't share yours : )

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  7. What a wonderful idea...love it!!! My book titles would be questions...."why", "now what??", and of course...."thank you"....

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    1. Great titles...you can have the same book covers but everyone's titles would be so different...Your question titles would spur others to ask questions, I'm sure : )

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  8. What a great idea, I love this! I love the idea of using different things about your life as book titles... hmm makes me think about what I would name my "books". Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Maria, for stopping by and for your kind comment.

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  9. Oh wow!! I LOVE this project. I love how you made your very own books!! Beautiful decor. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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    1. Thanks so much. High praise coming from you, Alison. Blessings!

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  10. Squeee! how cute is that!?
    I'm commenting per the weekend hop, http://tatertotsandjello.com/2012/04/weekend-wrap-up-party-100-gift-basket-from-mindy-maes-market.html#comment-175761

    come visit me at http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/

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  11. What a cool idea! My titles: My Father is King, Counting My Blessings, Still Holding On, What's Next?, Bring it On. How fun, thanks for sharing, I'm now following!

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    1. Hi Lorrie,
      Love your titles, especially "Bring it on" : ) Thanks for sharing them

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  12. Your project was AWESOME! Thanks for sharing - you've been featured (again!) at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring me...I so appreciate the encouragement!

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  13. Love this idea! Don't know if I will follow through, but my titles would be: Blessed More Than I Deserve! ( God has been so good to me and my family) Books, Books and More Books (I am a School Librarian) Still My Best Friend (My Husband and I have been married for 36 years) and Come For a Visit (we have 3 married children and 5 grandsons! And lots of other relatives. And we love visiting with friends)

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  14. What an wonderful idea! I think I would have to have "From the Deep" (coming to find Christ), "Found Again" (I lost my way but have found the Lord again), "With Love" (the way I do things for my family & friends), "And then there was..." (next steps), and I think i'd have to leave the last title for much later, or perhaps have "This is now", so I could record the now of my life, my walk with Him & what it means to me, what He's asked me to focus on. Does that make sense?
    Thanks for this post. I might have to share it.

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    1. I love hearing your titles. And they make great sense! Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  15. So did you choose the same light color for all the books to make the titles easier to read? Just wondering.

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    1. I actually experimented with one book first painting it solid blue. I didn't like how it looked...too fake. Then I decided to try to wash some of the blue off to give it a washed-out vintage look, and it was too much water...the cover curled. And it also didn't look great.
      Then I decided I wanted the books to look good in any room and with any decor, so the off-white and black seemed best. But I definitely could have made different colored titles without a problem.
      I think multi-color covers would look great...I just didn't perfect the process for that, and then decided it wasn't what I wanted anyway.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Lovely Idea! I have some old books and trying this out!!! Thanks for sharing at Create & Inspire!

    Angie

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  17. Love this idea & so meaningful! Congratulations on your 41 years of marriage! Hopped over from Heart & Home and happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit and follow me back. Blessings ~ Judy

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  18. This is a very cool idea! Loving the different font types you went with. Creative lady indeed.

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  19. ok that is awesome. I love it and I will try this! very neat! I am stopping by from The Homemaking Blog Party blog hop. I look forward to your visit at http://www.homemaker-mom.com/2/post/2013/08/the-dollar-store-sew-easy-travel-case.html
    Happy homemaking!

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  20. Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop

    ~Ann

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  21. I love this idea! As an avid book reader, I have a ton of hard back books I can re-purpose. Also, as an artist, there is a product called graphite and it's sold at craft stores. I use it to transfer things to walls when I paint a mural. I think it will work well for transferring the titles. :)

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    1. I need to look for the graphite if I do this again. Great idea, dear friend : )

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