Monday, February 16, 2009

Guest Books

I just finished creating this guest book for one of my Etsy customers!
She wanted a special book for her son's 1st Birthday.
Her son's guests will 'sign' the book with their feet!
I thought that was such a sweet way to remember
a special day!
I started making these when I was looking for a guest book for my Mom's 8oth Birthday.
All I could find in the stores were the same white books with silver lettering for a wedding or anniversary, but there was nothing for Birthdays, bridal showers,sweet sixteen parties, baby showers, going away parties or to use for a beach or lake house.
I gave the first one I made to my sister for her lake cottage.
There are 20 pages in this book, each decorated to match.
On the first page I put the event page with the Guest of Honor's name
& date of their special event!
You can put a picture from your event or of your guest of honor on the inside cover or even the invitation as a keepsake.
The pages are made of heavy card stock and each one is accented with coordinating paper or a
little embellishment. For the book above I added vellum accents of lions, elephants & giraffes to the right side pages and on the left had vellum dots accenting the side.
I have these guest books listed in my Etsy shop with some pictures of other custom
books I have created.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wedding Reception Card Box

It all started with a customer from Etsy who requested a Peacock themed guest book for her wedding last year. She also wanted a matching box for her reception.
I had never made a box for guests to drop their cards in at the reception, but
that doesn't stop me from trying!
I made a few prototype boxes working on where I should put the slot for the cards to drop into easily, how wide the slot should be and even trying the slot out in different places on the box.
I had lots of fun with the peacock theme and working with this wonderful customer to create exactly what she wanted!
When I get an order for a card box I usually get the request for a box in certain colors.
I talk with the customer alot through the creating process.
First I am off buying papers to see if I can find exactly what they had in mind.
I load lots of paper choices on my Flickr account and when the final selection is completed I begin on the box.
As the box progresses, I am snapping pictures so the customer can see too!
This also helps if they would like to make any changes along the way.
I LOVE making these boxes, I love making something for some one's special day and like to add something special for them!
My last order was scary for me!
It was for two identical boxes, and the paper she selected was no longer available so I had only 3 12x12 papers to use. I had to be precise on all cuts and make the most of what I had, one mistake would be disaster! Nothing like a little stress!
The boxes turned out perfectly and even had enough paper left to make some tags out of to send with the boxes as a little 'thank you'.