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Vintage wedding set

1 Sep

This wedding set has a wonderful nostalgic feel: the bride had special memories of leafing through her own mother’s album when she was young and wanted something that would remind her of this whilst retaining a modern edge.

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The wedding set consists of a large album for general wedding photos and a Polaroid guestbook where guests fill it with photos and messages on the day. Both books are side hinged and come with custom-made slipcases to protect the books for future years.

The lace used matches the lace on the wedding invitations, tying eveything together. I sketched several different cover visualisations based on suggestions the couple had and then they chose their favourite design.

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Butterfly leather wedding album

26 Aug

Here is a beautiful blue leather album I bound for a couple’s wedding day. I was given many mementos from the wedding decor including sashes, tables decorations, mass booklets and much more. I incorporated these different elements into the design of this special album.

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The soft leather wraps around the album pages and is fastened using a purple sash – which had been used to decorate the chairs at the wedding reception. I like the contrast between the shimmery purple material and the bold colour of the leather. The endpapers are hand-marbled by me using complementary colours that mimic the pattern of butterfly wings – a motif used throughout the wedding.

For the inside page, I hand-cut little butterflies and laid them out so that they look like they are flying across the pages. This ties in with the seating plan for the top table which I attached to the following page. Each page of the album has a glassine sheet. These protect each individual photo and prevents them from sticking to each other. They also add a very luxurious feel to the whole album.

In the centre of the album I have bound in the couple’s wedding booklet, removing the staples and thus preventing any rust deterioration in the future. The stitching along the spine is an altered darting stitch. I changed the layout of the holes so that they would mimic wings, tying in with the butterfly theme.

 

Purple themed album

28 Jan

This traditional casebound wedding album was custom-made to match the vibrant purple bridesmaid dresses that were worn at this couple’s wedding. The coverpaper is a Nepalese handmade paper that has a distinctive textured surface.

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In order to make this wedding album extra special, I handstitched matching headbands at the top and bottom of the album’s spine. These headbands will serve to protect the album whilst adding an extra hint of colour. I also added a secret message to the spine – hidden away forever!

The slipcase acts as a protector for the album, keeping the wedding photos protected inside the album, away from light and other possible damage. As always this wedding album is made from archival materials which are completely acid-free.

Black and white wedding

21 Nov

The colour theme of this wedding was black and white. I found out that the bride’s favourite colour is green so we decided to add green accents to the wedding album set. On each end of the large album’s spine, I hand-stitched headbands using green and black thread. The green thread matched the ribbon perfectly and added another touch of colour to the album.

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The smaller album is a variation of a Japanese stitch. I used a wide green ribbon which gives a luxurious feel to the album.

Something borrowed, something blue…

29 Jul

Here is a wedding album set I made for a summer wedding. I had been saving this beautiful indigo blue coverpaper for a special album and when I saw this couple’s wedding invite, I knew it would match perfectly!

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The paper has a slightly waxy feel to it as it is created using batik – a process where parts of the paper are blocked out using wax before dying the paper. When the dye has dried, the wax is removed, revealing the original paper colour – as the wax prevents the dye from penetrating the paper.

Retirement album

8 Dec

Here’s an album I made as a retirement present. I was given a selection of photos that I could use for the cover – the only instructions were to do something a little different than just putting a plain photo on the cover.

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I photographed the photos on a wooden background – something that added a little bit of texture but wasn’t too distracting at the same time.

This album is an accordion album which means that it has no spine and is made using a series of folds. This album can be displayed standing on a mantelpiece or used as a traditional album.

Blue Bloom album

16 Oct

Here is a wedding album I recently made. I bound it using a basic Japanese Stab stitch. There are many variations on this stitch but I love the simplicity of this style.

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The coverpaper is a handmade and handprinted paper with a delicate flower pattern. As the coverpaper was quite thin and slightly translucent, I glued a sheet of white paper to the cover before glueing the main paper, in order to give it strength.

Nostalgic accordion album

27 Sep

I made this album as a present for my parents-in-law. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and had a party to celebrate. My partner was taking the photographs for the day, so I thought it would be nice if I made an album for the photos.

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The image on the cover is a photograph I took of their old wedding album which they had on display. I printed the image using sepia and grainy effects. Then I drew onto the image with silver pen and reprinted it. This process gave it a vintage look that suits a 50th wedding anniversary!

Slate pink wedding set

11 Sep

Here is a wedding set that I made recently. It consists of a medium accordion album, an extra large Japanese bound album and a Secret Belgian bound guest book. The colour theme of the wedding was pink and slate grey so I thought that this modern polka-dotted paper contrasted with the grey bookcloth would suit.

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I also found a polka-dotted grey ribbon that I couldn’t resist using on one of the albums – making a very polka-polka dotted album!

Sunset orange wedding album

31 Jul

This album was made to match the bridesmaid dresses which were a beautiful shade of orange. I found the paper in Daintree, a local paper shop in Dublin, Ireland. They also had a green version of the coverpaper which I bought too – one for Autumn and one for Spring.

I originally had planned to use a darker bookcloth colour – brown or maroon perhaps – but the red seemed to set off the orange colours the best.

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