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Topic: 52 reasons (I'm utterly crazy-silly in love with my husband)  (Read 18795 times)
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« on: July 04, 2012 09:09:13 AM »

So yeah, it's been done over and over, but ever since I first saw them here on Craftster I've loved the 52 reasons books.  I decided to make one for my husband last year while we were in a long-distance relationship (I was also really really broke and needed a gift that wouldn't cost more than $5-10).  It was originally intended as a Christmas gift, but damn did this project take a lot longer than I thought it would!  Coming up with the 52 reasons was a snap, but actually putting the book together was intensely time-consuming.  It went from being a Christmas gift to a Valentine's gift, then became an "oh shit I really need to get this damn thing done so here's a gift just because" gift.



In case anyone's reading this who hasn't come across the 52 reasons books before, it's just a deck of cards w/ holes punched in the sides, held together with binder clips (get much bigger ones than you think you'll need, this thing got twice as fat as I expected, with all the stickers and stuff glued on the pages - the rings in these pics are the original too-small ones that I switched out later). 

I wanted this book to be kind of a little art piece; something made with care and craft, and not just the reasons printed out and glued on the cards.  I wanted my husband to know just by looking at it that it's full of love.  Unfortunately some of the pages are way less awesome than others, because I had to rush to get it done in the end because it was taking so long.  I'm still pretty pleased with how it turned out though, and my husband seemed to really appreciate it.


Here are all the pages laid out together (in no particular order):


And here are close-ups of some of my favorite pages:
The cover:


The back of the cover:


The first page:


Random page:


This is one of my favorites because Jack of Spades is the card that represents my husband - he's used it as an online handle for years, and when we got wedding tattoos, the symbol he chose to represent himself is a spade:


Interactive page XD:



One of my favorites because of the mis-spelled "wierd".  The fact that I always spell that word wrong is kind of an inside joke between me and my husband, so I was so tickled to find that on one of the $1 scrapbooking sticker sheets:


One of the most meaningful pages, for me:



"Whimsy & mayhem" is kind of our catch phrase - we did Irish car bomb shots as part of our wedding ceremony, and the toast was, "To the beginning of our awesome adventure, full of whimsy and mayhem.  Fuck yeah!"

Thanks for looking, y'all!  I took inspiration for this book from a lot of different places (I looked at a LOT of 52 reasons books online before I started mine), so if I seem to have stolen an idea, please let me know and I'll give credit where it's due.
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2012 09:15:35 AM »

Great job! I'm sure your husband really loves this!

As someone who made a similar book a couple of years ago, I totally understand why you went over your original deadline. There's a lot of work in there!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012 09:27:07 AM »

wow, I haven't seen one of these before, it's so great, and you did a wonderful job. love it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2012 10:09:10 AM »

You can tell all the work you put into this!

The only thing I have a problem with is that the photo of the man at the end-and pardon me if that is your DH-looks like Richard Simmons.  Shocked Tongue Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2012 10:30:28 AM »

I love your book it looks like a lot of fun.

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012 11:01:14 AM »

I've got a 10th anniversery coming up in a couple of years (2014,) would you recommend starting one  of these now? Grin

It looks great and very thought provoking.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2012 11:19:10 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments, y'all. Smiley

@Miss Barbara - the naked guy is definitely not my husband, and I am fairly certain it is also not Richard Simmons, but it would be creepily awesome if it was. XD
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2012 01:02:10 PM »

Naaawwww....if it WERE Richard Simmons, he would have been wearing his trademark shorts, at least!  Cheesy Shocked
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One of my favorites because of the mis-spelled "wierd".  The fact that I always spell that word wrong is kind of an inside joke between me and my husband, so I was so tickled to find that on one of the $1 scrapbooking sticker sheets:
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Lol!  My computer says I mis-spell that word all the time...But, it isn't.  

"I before E, except after C, or when sounding like A, as in neighbor and weigh"-  The Spellcheck is wrong- NOT YOU!  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2012 01:35:56 AM »

Sorry DEWSHINESDOPP but the correct spelling of the word is 'weird'. Spellcheck isn't perfect, but in this case it is correct. I'm a semi-retired English teacher who always warned my students that English is the most difficult language to learn. Because English is comprised of words from so many languages, the one truism is that there is an exception to every rule; 'weird' is one of them.

As for the 52 Reasons book, what a lucky couple you must be. To recognize and appreciate one another's attributes is indeed a special blessing.
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