Antonio, tell us a story

‘Every picture tells a story’ and ‘a well-written story paints a picture in your mind’ may seem to be contradictary but I think a good story is good whether it’s told in pictures, in words or in a mixture of both.

This Book-mooch Journal is intended to be a place for any form of story, just let your imagination flow free and express yourself.

To start things off here are three very different examples:- a short story in words only, a sequence of ‘sillies’ inspired by a clip-art photo and a piece of publicity I put together back in the days when hardly anyone had computers and printers, let alone digital cameras and scanners.

Compose your story in any way you like. Please add your name and BM id (and date if possible). Please do not alter anyone else’s work, try to relist within 2 weeks of receiving this journal. Thank you.

-Mark T. (tennantfamily)

Click on the blue underlined link in the journal description to see the slideshow. 


Altaired Images – a handbook

If you were around in the 70s and had children you may well have come across Altair designs. These are a series of mathematical designs for colouring in.
The last book we had, in 1980 said the designs in that book were based on 10th century mathematical designs. The man behind the Altair designs is Ensor Holiday, a biologist and geometrician.

While convalescing after a car crash he became fascinated by the recurrence of certain designs throughout the world. These designs are the result of two year’s research into their common mathematical links.

Our children, and those of relatives and friends often coloured these when at our house, and many of those included are those begun by them but incomplete.
The covers and the first (completed) design were done by Mark.

Please date your entry or entries and add your name and Bookmooch id in the margin. We are happy for your children to colour a design too. You are very welcome to complete the incomplete examples we have included, but please do not alter those of other Bookmoochers!

-Mark T. (tennantfamily)


Are You Inspired?

This book is an old Folio Diary with beautiful artwork. Chose a picture and let it inspire you to create! I’d love for the pictures in the book to remain unaltered – use the calendar page next to the picture that inspires you for your creation. Use any media you’d like and feel free to write or make your own art work.

Please don’t write or draw over the work of others. When journal is full, please return to jfit, Jenny Stafford.


Can You Figure It Out??

When I was a kid, I loved secret codes! I’d make up my own using words or hieroglyphics. Share your own fun coded messages, glyphs or pictures – just make sure we can figure it out! Please don’t alter someone elses work.
When full, please return to jfit, Jenny Stafford. Have Fun!!!


Feel Better

This little journal is for tips about how to stay healthy, feel better or keep
yourself younger! I need all the help I can get!! Please don’t write over someone else’s work! When full, return to jfit, Jenny Stafford.


Click on the blue underlined link in the journal description to see the slideshow. 

Walk Away From The Edge

Copied from the first page:
“A friend of mine was going through a rough time and inspired me to create a journal full of inspiration…be it art, poems, sayings, quotes, CD mixes…whatever you see fit. I’ve included the mixed CD I made him so that everyone else can also enjoy it.

Please sign with your BookMooch name and date your entry. Thank you.”


Keep buttoned up…

This journal has grown out of an incident that occured in the early 1970s, when I was sent out as the youngest-looking teacher with the Deputy Head of the Junior School where I taught, to scrounge resources from local businesses and factories. This was my second great catch (after enough (lumpy) glue from the suitcase factory to last the entire school more than three years), and was a dustbin sack full of tiny buttons. The shirt factory had just abandoned making shirts with button-down collars and the tiny buttons were no longer required. The school presented me with a hatbox full when I left to have my second son, and over the last 35 years I have gradually sorted, boxed and sold many thousands on Ebay to dollmakers, cardmakers and craftspeople. Part of my advertising was to create pictures from the buttons.

This ‘book’ is made from an A5 size spiral-bound, plastic-covered notebook and is called “Keep buttoned up…”, and available for Bookmoochers who would like to create their own button-art. It is specifically for scanned or photographed button-art or computer paint-program virtual-button art.

I have already created a companion journal called “All buttoned up…” for sewn button-art, with pages made of material sewn into a book-form, for sewn examples using buttons.

-Gill (tennantfamily)

All attempts to recover this journal for the last two years have failed.


Nature will have her course

This is an interactive BM journal, an ‘altered book’ having started life as an unused 1995 Amateur Gardening diary. It has a colour photo for each month with a page opposite each picture of description or explanation by a gardening expert, and a section of 6 pages of month by month hints at the end. The rest is available for use as a celebration of all things ‘green’ and gardenish by participating BookMoochers.

Please relist within 2 weeks of receipt if possible and do not alter anyone else’s contributions. Beyond that I am happy for it to be filled in in random order wherever you wish to add your contribution, using as few or many pages as you wish. If you wish to upload images of the completed pages to BMJournals files that would be great.

-Gill (tennantfamily)

Now recovered and relisted. 

Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails

“Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.”

My younger son, Kieren, has always had a fascination with the sort of animals and insects that normally make people shudder, so I decided to gather pictures of slugs and snails and creepy crawlies into a book he had labeled Kieren’s Notebook.

Please remember that he likes these animals, so this is a place to appreciate their design and beauty, not recount horror stories!

Please try to relist the journal within two weeks of receipt, and do not alter any other moocher’s contribution. I will mooch it back whencompleted. Please let me know at tennantfamily (UK). I have the journal wishlisted to try to keep track of its progress.

-Gill (tennantfamily)

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

The title of this Bookmooch journal is taken from Keats’ Ode to Autumn. The book has been created from an unused Dutch nature diary from 1992, which has charming illustrations on alternate pages although there are a dozen consecutive unused and unillustrated pages at the end. It can be used for observations of nature, artwork, poetry, songs, anything the title or the original illustrations inspire you to do. Please relist within a fortnight of receiving it and upload files of pages completed to the journal site if you wish. Contributions may be placed where they seem most appropriate!

-Gill (tennantfamily)