Hi everyone! This is my very first post. I'm excited to share my most recent project and look forward to sharing more of my work- if I can convince myself they're good enough (a problem I have
). This one was so much fun to do, but took more time than I thought it would!
After seeing the playing card books on here, I decided it was the perfect (frugal) gift for my husband for Valentines Day. I'm one of those lucky girls who has a husband who really loves handmade and artistic gifts. His gift to me was an art project too! (Will have to post it soon- it's awesome!)
Thanks to the other posters of books like this! I used a few of your ideas for my pages too. Want to give credit for their inspiration!
As I said, it took me much longer to make this than I thought. First I made a list of things I love about him- then I narrowed it down from almost 150 to 52. Then I googled the phrases and keywords to find just the right images. That took some creative word play to find what I wanted! Generally, I am satisfied with the images. A few pages have our personal photos on them. Every page has a picture of some kind. Some pages have alot more embelishment than others.
Then I went into Publisher and made a box on my screen the scale of a playing card. I sized each picture to fit the box and printed them on photo paper. Alot of cutting later, I had all my images. Some were made into stickers and others put on with photo splits. I don't want them falling off later, and glue tends to do that.
I did all the writing myself, even though I hate my handwriting, because I didn't want to cut all the text out and have the white edges around it for this project. Some of the pages are pretty hard to read though.
Finally, I punched holes (I should have been more careful with where I placed my text- punched right through it on some pages) and tied it together with the front and back covers.
I covered a biscuit tin, used some antique buttons, and put one "bonus" reason- # 53, on the inside of the lid. I just had to get it in there somehow! This tin will probably end up in our family room as a decoration since it matches our colors.
That's about it! My husband really likes it and I think it was well worth the time I spent on it. Hope you've enjoyed seeing it as much as I've enjoyed blabbing about it! I uploaded 18 pics before realizing it was way too many to post. So there are more in my photo gallery if you're interested. Thanks for looking!
I googled each letter and number to find photos of the individual letter. Time consuming, but I love the result. I need to work on eyeing my placement better though- ran out of room on the bottom.
I got the tin from an antique/ junk store. I was originally looking for a box, but this was cheap and a good fit! I love how I decorated it, but think it's a little formal for how eclectic the book turned out to be. Oh well.
The handwriting says, "We're gonna be awesome old people!" I saw these captions on another photo, but it was too grainy and I liked this photo better, so I gave them speech bubbles!
He's my knight in shining armour! He even proposed with the 80's song "Glory of Love" (I am a man who would fight for your honor...) in the background. He's an 80's music freak (the subject of another card!).
My favorite page. "In all this world, you chose me!"
I used to scrapbook and still have all my bits and pieces and paper that I use for other paper projects. I enjoyed rooting through them to find embelishments for this book. I love this photo!
The first time I made him french toast I added too many spices and he hated it, but told me he liked it to spare my feelings. Now when I suspect he's not telling me the truth so he won't hurt me, I ask if it's a french toast answer.
Our two year old was walking around saying "hot tea" for days before Daddy figured out she was saying "hungry!" Go figure!
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