My friend Jeannette’s wedding is this weekend. Jeannette and I met on the Knot last summer. We bonded over stories involving our equally quirky families and jaunts to L.A. Flowermart. She is also my first design client that wasn’t a family member or part of my inner circle. She and her fiance, Matt, opted not to register for gifts. This gave me a golden opportunity to design and make a gift.
Working with paper is my forte. As such, I decided to create a guest book for them. I bought an album kit from Paper Source and went to work. I’d like to say that this project was a walk in the park. In actuality it was A LOT more work than I had anticipated. I purchased the art from a website and manipulated it to fit my needs. The motif matched their wedding stationery, which I will post later. This was the easy part.
My original plan was to transfer the design to fabric and use the fabric as the book’s cover. This was a disaster. The image didn’t transfer as well as I would have liked. The fabric did not adhere as well as I would have liked. The fabric was so thick that it required a disgusting amount of glue. This, in turn, caused the covers to buckle. Long story short. The finished product looked like a child’s art project gone very, very bad. Thankfully, I did not take any photos of this pathetic attempt.
Not to be deterred, I went back to Paper Source and bought another album kit and some paper. I decided to skip the fabric and stick to what I work with best – paper. I printed the design on Luxe paper. Assembly went much better this time. As persevering as I am, I wasn’t sure I could buy another kit and start over yet again. I am quite pleased with the finished product.