|Laura and Sean|
It took a while to collect all the submissions but I made a start on the book. Due to one thing or another, I didn't get the book finished in time for the wedding. Luckily for me, I hadn't told the happy couple what I was up to, as it was meant to be a surprise, so they weren't waiting for it! I went off to France a few weeks later and then a few weeks later to Mexico for a week, and before I knew it, it was Christmas time but still, the book wasn't finished. I thought I would be done in time to send the book to them for Valentine's Day but somehow that didn't happen either. More time passed, another cottage season arrived and I kept working on the book when I could. It occurred to me that since their first anniversary was approaching and the traditional gift for the first year is paper, that would be the perfect time to give them the book. So I knuckled down and finally got the book finished last week. It wasn't so much that I was procrastinating about finishing it (although I'm sure there was a little bit of that going on), it was more that I was enjoying the process of putting it together so much, I didn't really want it to end.
The theme of the book was the ABC's of a happy marriage. Since they are both teachers, the alphabet seemed an appropriate place to start. Here's how the front cover looked, after layers of gesso, gel medium, Dylusions ink and various embellishments, such as a portion of a magazine page, adhesive alphabet letters, lace, crocheted pieces, paper flowers, buttons, a paper clip and a pencil stub:
I kept the back cover quite simple, using a piece of scrapbook paper with an alphabet design: