It’s been a busy week for commissions hasn’t it?! This is the third and last one for this week, and we’re back to the more usual theme of weddings.
The lady who commissioned this one took a fancy to the metallic fabric that I’ve used for two previous books (Vanilla & Gold, and Pink & Silver) and asked me to create a purple and silver themed book using that.
Which was a simple enough request, but boy did it lead to a rollercoaster of emotion. I went to the shop where I had originally bought the fabric a couple of years ago, only to find that they no longer had any. I then rummaged through my studio and thought I had found a sheet of it… which turned out to be a half sheet, not big enough to do both the front and back covers. Despair set in. Then, when all seemed lost, I found two (yes, TWO) whole sheets tucked away inside a roll of pink paper. JOY!
The boards for the covers were covered with a handmade light purple paper, then the silvery fabric, and the inside of the covers was lined with the handmade paper. The client wants to stick photographs and other things into the book, scrapbook-style, so I went with a loose binding which would allow the book to expand as more contents were added. Thus I added eyelets to the cover through which ribbons are threaded, holding the pages in.
The book also closes with ribbon ties which have been threaded through eyelets. The pages are 220gsm cartridge paper, and there are pages of lilac paper acting as dividers (and to add a little extra interest). It’s a pretty book, quite elegant in its way but (with the casual ribbon binding) still scrapbookish enough to meet the brief.