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Several of my colleagues and relatives are having birthdays in the next couple of months, so I thought I ought to start with the crafting in time. Paper work isn't as time-consuming as felt work, but there are more opportunities to screw up the project, so haste isn't a good thing.

I made the birthday journal for KA, a young colleague first, because I had a fairly good idea what I wanted to do. I made the journal using 6 double cards and 6 envelopes, and mostly decorated it with funny cards that I had bought in Austria, oh, some 25 or so years ago. Hence the recycling part.

So, let's take a look at the results. First, the front cover:



Then the back cover:



The cardboard paper came ready-made with the inscriptions; I thought they were very fitting for a young person's birthday.



Following a few pics from the inside of the journal, with the German texts translated into Hungarian because KA doesn't speak German:


(Now are the good old times we'll be mourning in 10 years' time)


(Work is fun - but who can bear having fun all the time?


(Sorry, I can't translate this one into English. Perhaps if [livejournal.com profile] rcfinch drops by she can help out.)


(To be a woman is hard. You must think like a man, behave like a lady, look like a girl and work like a horse.)


(No need to translate this one, right?)


(Work isn't a frog - it won't jump out of your way.)


(Turtle's prayer: Just a bit of patience, dear Lord, I'm coming...)


(Those who haven't fallen on their heads always land on their feet.)


(A thick hide is God's gift.)


I never thought I'd be able to use these cards for anything all those years ago; I just bought them because they were so funny. I'm glad that I could put them to good use and cheer someone up.

Date: 2017-07-15 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] artemis10002000
Aaaaah that's fantastic, and I love that you got to use the cards after all these years!

Date: 2017-07-15 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wiseheart.livejournal.com
Me, too. They are so funny, I didn't have the heart to throw them out but never knew what to do with them, and now - you as a German can probably value the real fun of them better than anyone else in my clumsy translation. ;))

Date: 2017-07-15 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saki101.livejournal.com
It's a lovely gift full of humour. I hope your colleague gets a lot of use out of it!

I love that you used things you bought 25 years ago. I'm collecting examples that defy the advice one hears so much about getting rid of anything you haven't used in two years (some even say one year)!

Date: 2017-07-15 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wiseheart.livejournal.com
I have so little living space (not to mention storage space), that I used to regularly get rid of everything that wasn't strictly necessary - even books (which I regretted six months later, of course). Some small items, however, grew on me so much that I couldn't do it. I've developed the tactic lately of making personal gifts of them, so that they would be gone but not thrown out... at least not by me. I hope the recipients will keep them for a while.

Date: 2017-07-16 10:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saki101.livejournal.com
It's a good strategy. Charity shops and even recycling, I find, lessens the difficulty of discarding things, which I do occasionally!

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