Love her or hate her, you have to admit
knows how to do....stuff...and lots of it.
Recently, I was browsing her site and found three related and very cute
easy projects that anyone could easily do themselves without much trouble
The first was done on her site as a simple travel scrapbook. As you can see from the
photo, it simply involves making an accordian book from cardstock and
filling it with mementos of a special trip. I think it would make
as fun little take-along for writers visiting schools or talking to kid's groups
about their books. I can see it filled with doo-dads that have to
do with the book, illustrations etc to be shared with the
group. A map of where your story takes place, something your character loves,
a photo of your main character doing something fun, etc. It could even be
shown to teachers as a fun way to do a book report.
The second DIY, also on the site, was a little "book" of a special collection
also made with a small accordian of cardstock then placed in a little box.
I think this would be perfect for little people! It could be shared as a "mystery" box...
guess what's inside, or odd ball objects pasted then a little game of
"what does this have to do with my book."
Lastly, a similar project done with one larger box of goodies
that also could be used to entertain little people when visiting schools.
Fill the larger box with book-related items pulling them
from the box one by one and talking about them.
Again, a fun "book report," or just a fun way for a child
or adult to save memories.
For more on these projects visit
In my own twisted attempt to channel Martha, I pulled out my trusty sewing machine and sewed up a little tote I would be pleased to give to one blog reader. It's just big enough to tote a book or two or your e-reader or i-pad back and forth to the pool, the hammock or the big chair. As I have said again and again, I am NOT Martha, but it's my blog and I wanted to sew a tote. Leave me a comment by August 2 10pm and I will pull a name from my hat!