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Wedding card book

23 Mar

This book contains a collection of wedding cards bound together as a keepsake. The highly-customised book is packed with special wishes from friends and family and is an original way of keeping these precious memories together.

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My client had saved many memorabilia from their wedding day – from the bridesmaid dress material, wedding ribbon to the wedding invite. Each of these details provided inspiration for me and were incorporated into the design of this unique book.

The red material which I used to line the inside of the white leather was spare material saved from the bridesmaid dresses. The vivid red creates a beautiful contrast against the white leather and other hints of this red are used throughout the binding.

This wedding was a winter wedding and the motif of a snowflake was used on the invitations. I embroidered this motif on the front of the cover tying in the winter theme once again.

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Baby birthday card book

1 Nov

This book contains a collection of a baby’s birthday cards. A lot of the time, these cards remain in a box or bottom of a drawer, some inevitably getting lost along the way.

I bound these cards together using a medieval style of limp leather binding. This style of binding has been used since the 14th century and was particularly popular with members of the clergy and travelling journeymen.

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I have strengthened each card along its spine to ensure the stability of the book. The end paper – lining the leather and making up the first and last page – is a thick handmade paper from Nepal. It has a beautiful velvety texture with real leaves forming part of the paper.

Funky baby memory book

10 Oct

Here is a baby memory book that I made for a little boy called Gregory. I wanted to avoid the traditional ‘blue for a boy, pink for a girl’ colour coding, so I chose a funky grey floral paper that had an unusual combination of pattern and colour.

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The details about the baby are filled in on the righthand side of the page and a photograph can be stuck in on the lefthand side. This book is a highly personalised gift with the baby’s name used throughout the memory book.

Baby memory book

30 Apr

I have designed a new Baby Memory Book that serves as a record of all the milestones and memories of a baby’s first years. This special memory book has a blank page for photos on the left side and a personalised printed page on the right-hand side to be filled in with memories.

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This 60-page memory book has pages covering everything from the family tree to first milestones, from the pregnancy to Mammy’s and Daddy’s first date. The baby’s name is inscribed on the front cover and appears on many of the pages making it a very unique gift.

Birthday card book

16 Jan

I was recently given a stack of cards that had been diligently collected by a mother spanning her daughter’s whole life. They included baby cards, confirmation booklets, birthday cards to her wedding day cards – a beautiful collection and record of the past. Lots of the cards containing personal messages were from people who have since past away.

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The daughter asked me would it be possible to bind them altogether in some way. I love a challenge and this sounded like a lovely way to gather the cards together.

Since the cards were all different shapes and sizes, I had to think carefully about the binding, ensuring that it would not be weak in any part. I strengthened up several of the cards using Japanese paper along the folds. I also distributed the various shaped cards evenly throughout the book in order to minimize the chance of weak areas. The cards were bound individually to each other and I also used lashings of binder’s glue to stabilise the book.

Dad’s Memory Book

26 Oct

Here is a Memory Book I made for my father’s birthday. The cover features a drawing that I made when I was about 7 years old. Evidently I thought my dad was a dog at the time…

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The book is crammed with old and not-so-old photos of my dad at various stages in his life: from when he was a toddler to him holding his toddler grandchildren. My siblings all wrote a personal message for my dad, many of which recounted funny memories from our childhood. The grandchildren made beautiful pictures and hand prints for their pages.

I left a few pages blank so that the book can be added to in the future.

Memory book

27 Jan

This is a book I made as a 30th birthday present for my friend Clare. A call was put out amongst her friends for any old photos, memorabilia or stories about her. There was a great response and soon I had a wonderful collection of stories, old postcards, photos, ticket stubs, school yearbook clippings and lots more.

 

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I bound the book using a Coptic stitch and used extra boards parallel to the spine to compensate for the thickness of the photos and other things being stuck in on the pages.

For the collage cover, I used a mixture of colours that I associate with Clare, contrasted with red faux leather. I typed her name using an old typewriter, giving it a nostalgic feel.