Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wedding Guest Book

Our daughter is getting married in October. It will be an outdoor country-chic wedding at her in-laws farm in Ohio. I've made her several items for her wedding and the first one I'd like to share is the Guest Book.

I made this guest book with a 12x12 strap-bound scrapbook album. Her wedding colors are navy, a true mint blue, and white. I found a navy fabric album and decorated it, as well as the inside pages.

I don't know why it looks black in this photo (at least on my monitor), but it's definitely navy in color.

I custom painted white flowers from I Am Roses with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays (my favorite way to color flowers!) and I made my own 
2-tone small carnations. Then I built the arrangement on a piece of cardstock as a base. Here's a close-up:

The bling letters I purchased from ?? and they are self-adhesive stick-ons. 
I was surprised at how well they stuck to the fabric, even to the burlap! Thought I might have had to add fabric glue to have them stay put, but so far, so good!

The pretty burlap lace ribbon I purchased on Etsy... love it! It wraps around the entire front cover and is removable. I made it that way for shipping purposes... if I decide to attach the flower arrangement to the burlap before shipping, I can remove the strip to better protect the flowers from getting squashed!

Now for the inside....

The writing was done in MS Word in different fonts. It is double matted on mint and navy. I stamped a pretty flourishy corner vine in Mint Julep mid-tone ink, both from Hero Arts. 

The next four pages are just for the guest signatures. I used a gel pen in Navy to draw each and every line! I also scored a separating line between the 2 columns and stamped the same leafy vine in the corners.... used a finger dauber to put both colors of Navy and Mint Julep inks on to the stamp.

The rest of the pages look like this:

My daughter wanted something a little more than just the traditional signature book, so I painstakingly scored and inked and stamped all these 6x6 squares (4 per page), as well as the envelope flaps.... pages upon pages, LOL! ... Let me tell you, that with arthritis in my hands, this endeavor took me awhile to finish. I could only do 3 single pages per day. My hands were happy when I was finally done!

The guests will be able to fill out a small card with a greeting, marriage advice, well wishes, or whatever they want, then put the card in an individual envelope and seal it shut with a silver double hearts envelope seal. 

These are the little cards I inked and stamped in various ways:

The last page in the book I just made a pretty medallion image with the same stamp because I didn't want the book to just end with an envelope page and I didn't want to leave it blank either. I think it turned out fairly well.

My hubby built me a custom-sized box to accompany the Guest Book. It holds the little cards, the envelope seals, and the decorated navy gel pens for signing. It even has it's own little 'trash' bucket for the backing paper off the seals!

Well I'm finally done! I guess I should have warned you about a photo heavy post :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In Memory of...


This is our baby (a 118 pound baby)! At least this was him 3 years ago when this photo was taken... which is one of my favorite pics. Fast forward to this year and he has a lot more gray on his muzzle.

A Rottweiler that stole everyone's heart... such a sweet boy! And smart as a whip.... without a doubt, the BEST dog we've ever had. He has broken me from ever wanting another dog, because it wouldn't be him. There's not another that could ever live up to him!

Bear would have been 10 years old in October, but yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet baby boy. It was late, and a very rough ending to an otherwise 'normal' day. Today I've have shed many, many, many tears and my heart is broken :(

He will be sorely missed, but forever in our hearts. 

Goodbye Bear 

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