|50th Birthday Bundle Book|
This year I have several friends and family members that have milestone birthdays. 50th and 60th.
Today, my brother in law turns 60. 10 days ago, a friend turned 50. Said friend has a you tube channel where she entertains thousands on a regular basis. She also shares ideas, tips, tricks and her nostrils. She has had me as a guest in her home on several occasions throughout the years.
So, for Shannon's birthday I decided that i needed to make her something special. You only turn 50 once.
I had taken an online class (see this post) in May and knew that this would be the perfect thing for her birthday-a keepsake of sorts. This "book" is made up of pockets-so she could keep cards or memento's in it. I first started making a fairly colorful one-in her favorite colors but didn't like the way it was coming along
so i scrapped that and decided 50 deserved to be black. Since I didn't want to rub it in her face too badly, i went with an elegant look: black, white and metallic. I wanted a fairly large size so the pockets would be big.
Once I finished the book, i set it aside and patiently waited for Jan to get here. I also enlisted the help of her fellow facebook moderators to spread the word-If you wanted to make a birthday card for shannon, you could do so and send to me to include in the book. I knew that doing it so early AND before the holidays could prove detrimental. If people procrastinate, as artists do, then they would forget over the holiday season. People came through-and I had enough cards to put in all the book pockets.
I decided I couldn't just send the book-it was a birthday after all. Things are tight in their home right now as Jayson is looking for work. (this is known so i'm not divulging family secrets) So...I wanted to add a bit of "fun" to the box. Brownie mix (easier than a cake) candles, balloons, horns, twizzlers and some other little goodies.
The box went off in the mail and for once, the PO actually delivered it in priority mail time. (usually it's just a "guideline." Imagine my surprise to find out she was afraid to open it. Seems she thought i had sent her
another doll. Like i would do that. (ok, maybe i would, but i did promise after the last doll incident, there would be no more) i just shot myself in the foot with that comment but i did promise. Don't want her to have a heart attack after all. Then 20,000+ people would hate me for sure. She finally braved the box-saw that it was legit. (as in no doll) and filmed the opening. You can see that here if you haven't.
So here are pictures of said book bundle...
|book unrolls. this is the far right inside of the book|
|pocket made into a pocket|
|close up of the glitter 50|
|folding the book in-velvet pocket with ribbon accent|
|screen pockets...and my knee|
|One of the pockets-made from screen|