Over the last few years, I have wanted so badly to make my own leather journal.
Fortunately, my brother's brother-in-law taught him how to make one. Ergo, for our Christmas present, Chase (my brother) helped us make my first leather journal.
We're all spending Christmas at my parents' this year. Chase and Jackie flew in from Las Vegas Wednesday and we drove in from Huntsville that night.
Mom, Jackie and I had glitter and cardstock scattered everywhere with our projects while Chase and JD took up the other side of the basement with bison hide and leather-working tools.
Very few moments are as special as seeing family gathered together, especially when it's your husband and brother (dad joined in later after he came home early from work to be with us).
In all fairness to JD, he made 98% of my journal while I was working on other Christmas presents and drinking coffee.
Have I mentioned that my husband is rockin'??
Look at this beautiful bison hide journal they put together for me:
front on the right, back on the left
It took us a while to figure out what kind of clasp we wanted to do in the front. My only non-negotiable was the turquoise closure. Brown and turquoise are the Jitney signature colors.
Instead of making an actual journal with the super rugged and gorgeous paper, we ended up making a leather journal cover so that I can interchange all of my Moleskine journals.
I stitched the flap for decorative purposes and styled the closure. Besides that, my sweet husband worked for several hours on making it perfect.
There was so much selflessness poured into this creation (JD was pages-deep into a new zombie novel when I asked him to help me).
I am deeply thankful for priceless moments spent with my amazingly creative family. I could not ask for more this Christmas.
What do you think of the journal cover?