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 back of the cover:
The first 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.