Awhile back, I mentioned that I have a very nice repeat customer who likes to order my cards for his girlfriend. I did an exploding box card for her birthday back in October, and he reported back to me that she loved it! Well, the New Year was barely upon us when I got a message from him. He was already thinking about Valentine's Day, and wanted to order something special for his girlfriend again. (Is he a keeper or what?!) My immediate thought was "uh oh..." He got her a never-ending Valentine card last year, and then the exploding box for her birthday, and those are pretty much the top of my line. I was pondering ideas on what I could possibly do to follow up an exploding box, when he suggested a mini photo scrapbook card. What a GREAT idea! I have never done one before, but heck, I'll try anything once. (Except haggis. I have to draw the line there. But I digress.)
So, a scrapbook...I have never gotten into scrapbooking for some reason. I guess I like doing shorter-term projects than a huge scrapbook album that takes forever, and that's why I stick to cards and bookmarks. But this was an intriguing idea, and I felt up to the challenge. I suggested a standard 5x7 size, and he agreed, but wanted a center page added. It took me a couple of days to work out how I was going to do that. I didn't want to use staples, and glue wouldn't be stable enough, so had to figure out some other way to secure a center page. One night when I was having a bit of insomnia, I started thinking about the possibility of sewing it in, like a book. It worked out pretty well! The center page is actually a 2 pages from one folded piece of card stock that is adhered together to create one page. I sewed in the page before adhering the two sides together so that the stitching is not visible on the inside. It was on the outside spine though, so I just cut a strip of card stock in the same color, folded it, and adhered it on to cover the stitching.
With the technical aspects taken care of, I turned my attention to design. I went through my Valentine paper stash and didn't find anything I thought would be appropriate. One challenge I was facing was the fact that I had already used a red/pink color scheme on the birthday exploding box, so didn't want to do something that was too similar to that. But it's Valentine's Day, and those are the traditional colors. I scoured my local craft stores for a paper to inspire me, but came up empty- everything was too cutesy, and I was going for a more elegant feel for this. I started looking online, and found a paper I liked, and took off from there.
So, here are the pictures of the finished product:
Now, notice that the front has some 3-D roses. I really liked it with the roses, but it presented a problem of not being able to fit into a standard envelope. So, like I have done in the past for the never-ending cards, I made a custom envelope, this one 3/4 inch thick to accommodate the roses.
So, that's it! I am happy with it, and when I sent the final pictures to the customer, he said he was very happy as well. I can't wait for him to see it up close, and especially for his lovely girlfriend to see it! I hope she likes it!
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