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If you have any interest at all in buying a journal/photo album/scrap book, please look first at this recycled leather journal by Romano.
It was my daughter's 21st birthday last July and I needed something special. But what to get? Some electronic gadget? Clothes? Perfume? I was stuck for ideas.
And then I was struck by an idea of genius proportions! (even though I do say so myself..) I would get her a scrap book, a nice one....a journal a la 'YaYa sisterhood' in which she could keep her treasured letters and drawings, pressed flowers, photos, tickets to that unforgettable concert and so on....
The idea was to start off the album for her with letters and birthday wishes from her family and closest friends. I contacted everyone she knows and loves....family members, friends and even a primary teacher to whom she was very close as a little girl.
The wishes and memories began flooding in.
So now all I needed was the album to house these e-mails, letters, photos and memorabilia.
Naturally I turned to Amazon and after hours of searching and researching I found the Romano journal.
Made from recycled leather by Italian artisans, this journal stood out from the rest.
The leather is a rich, polished brown and is embossed along both the top and bottom edge in a very dark brown. The pattern along these edges is that of a vine-like pattern reminiscent of ancient scrolls and travels completely around the front and back of the book.
The journal boasts an extended flap on the back which wraps over the front of the album when closed and ensures protection of all those voluble keepsakes inside as well a being an aesthetically pleasing detail.
To secure the flap there is a long thin leather strap which wraps twice around the entire book and can be secured by threading it through a leather stitch of the same material on the front and middle of the flap.
The album has a distinct 'oldie-worldie' feel about it and exudes the quality and style only skilled craftsmen could attain. The smell alone is so evocative....the first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the expensive aroma of new leather.
There are 50 pages in the journal or 100 sides, depending how you look at it.
The classic style pages are creamy white and unlined. They are interspaced with thin transparent paper, typical of that of a photo album.
They measure 23cm by 30 cm.
WHAT TO USE IT FOR
Once I received this album, I began to paste in the cards and letters I'd received along with some old baby photos, first birthday cards and other childhood memorabilia. I used both back and front of the pages and used the first 10 or so...leaving plenty of room for her to add her own memories as and when.
This would make a perfect wedding photo album....a bit different from the usual white, but all the more special for it. And of course, it could be used for any photos you treasure.
For anyone who sketches, it would be a great place to keep your pictures safe and beautifully preserved.
There is also no reason for it not to be a journal....perhaps for a special family holiday - just keep a diary and transfer it along with your photos, tickets and even maps to the journal and you have a reminder of your holiday to keep forever.
If used as a photo album the capacity would be as follows:
Photo Capacity: 300:4x6, 200:5x7, 100:8x6, 100:8x10
WHERE TO BUY
I purchased mine from Amazon for 58 pounds.
No, it's not cheap, but it will last a lifetime and more.
Unfortunately I see it is currently unavailable on the UK site, though Amazon.com are carrying. Have a look at the pictures there.
What did my daughter think when she got it? She cried.....but in a good way :)
Thanks for reading.