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What you will need:
+A Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Box
+Brown Paper (from a bag, or other paper for the exterior of the journal)
+Any little bits and pieces you want to include (vintage postcards, notes, pictures etc.)
How to assemble:
1. Start out by cutting the box apart as shown below. Measuring out how tall you’d like your journal. In the photo, it is about 7.5″.
2. With brown paper (or whatever paper you would like on the outside), lay flat and trace about a 1″ perimeter around the outside of the cardboard you just cut from the box. Center the piece of cardboard and glue. Glue the surrounding pieces of brown paper after folding over the edges, glue them over as well, so the piece is covered on the outside completely.
3. Cut a piece of fabric you’d like to use as the inside lining of the journal. The piece should be about 1/2″ – 1″ from the outside edge of the cardboard (overlapping the brown paper you just folded in from the outside). Fold under fabric edges and sew or glue down to secure.
4. OPTIONAL: Sew down the edges of the piece 1.5″ to create an area you can keep pencils. This is optional, but a fun detail to add!
5. Insert any other special details to the inside at this point, before you start adding pages.
6. Cut several pages that are 10″ long and as 1/2″ less than the height you made your journal. Fold each piece in half.
7. Here comes the fun part. Decorating! Grab all your stamps, all your pictures and vintage anything and start gluing, drawing and taping them in. Remember to leave room for writing, though (this is a journal, after all).
8. Let all pages dry completely. Decorate the outside of your journal (the part that’s covered in brown paper). You can hand sew a button and tie some embroidery thread long enough to wrap around the whole journal and wrap around the button. After adding all of your details, let dry completely. You can use clothespins to keep everything in shape while the glue dries.
9. Connect pages and glue in using this tutorial. Even though it’s for mini books, the same idea works with larger books like this one.
10. Enjoy writing in your DIY travel journal.
For detailed, step-by-step pictures, visit Carat and Peas blog.
Senior women are still in short supply in finance, as Margo Epprecht reminds us, and the industry suffers because of it. “On Wall Street, to advance, women must fit into the male-dominated, hierarchical world of Wall Street—or leave,” writes Epprecht, a former stock analyst. “Successful women on Wall Street cite examples of great support from individual men in their careers. Yet in the next breath, they tell stories of ridiculous assumptions they have heard men make about mothers, or women who don’t need to work because their husbands have good jobs, or outright sexism or harassment.”
Women make up 54 percent of the workforce in financial services but only 16 percent of senior management—and exactly zero of the chief executives, according to Catalyst. One of the reasons those numbers never seem to improve is that every time the financial system hits a wall, the few women up there seem to get shaken out. Epprecht refers to research by Boris Groysberg, a professor at Harvard Business School, showing that after the 1987 stock market crash, the percentage of women employed at brokerage firms fell drastically and has only recently recovered—to a still pathetically low one in five.
What’s especially strange about this, according to Groysberg, is that women seem better suited to the work than men. “Women analysts’ recommendations demonstrated a better rate of return compared to risk versus the men’s,” Epprect writes, citing a study by the Financial Analyst Journal. “But only one in six of the analysts at all brokerage firms from 1994 to 2005, the period studied, were women, well below the rate Groysberg measured in the 1980s.”
After losing jobs after the 1987 meltdown and again after the 2000 mini-meltdown, women were once more pushed out in numbers after 2008. The high-powered trifecta of Sallie Krawcheck at Bank of America (BAC), Zoe Cruz at Morgan Stanley (MS), and former Lehman Brothers Chief Financial Officer Erin Callan all lost their jobs. “When times are good, intellectual capital is valued on Wall Street,” longtime Wall Street executive Jack Rivkin tells Epprecht. “It is more of a meritocracy. In a downturn, political savvy and connections become predominant.” In an old boys network, women are typically not the ones with the best connections.
A huge body of research shows that large organizations benefit from diversity. Research also shows that men are more susceptible to overconfidence than women, which can lead to groupthink and reckless risk-taking. Yes, Wall Street’s macho, homogeneous culture persists, even as one after another of the industry’s gods is taken down and the same lessons are learned over and over. “Over three decades, Wall Street became the ideal petri dish favoring risk,” Epprecht notes, “and consequently, favoring men.”
Article by Sheelah Kolhatkar via Bloomberg Businessweek