Okay, as promised, here's the coaster book I made for my daughter's 21st birthday. At first I thought it would be just from me, but then I changed my mind. Wanting to make this really special for her, I thought about this long and hard and decided to rise above myself and include ALL of her immediate family members...meaning, not only would this include sentiments from myself, my hubby, our two kids, my two older sons (my daughter's flesh-and-blood siblings), my stepdaughter, and my parents; I went even further and also asked my ex, his wife, her son, their daughter, and his parents to contribute to this as well (and if you know me, you know this was not easy for me to do because the relationship I have with my ex and his wife is less than pleasant, to put it nicely).
Anyway, not everyone followed my 'instruction' to list what they love about her, but the general idea was there and so I went with with the wording exactly as it was given to me. I'm not sure you'll be able to read it all, nor is that my concern here. I just thought I'd give you a heads up so you might be able to make sense of all this in case you were looking beyond the artwork. ;) Every person's sentiments are in a different font, and I tried to create each page with that person and their personality in mind...kinda tough when you're not overly fond of some of them. lol
BTW, she just received it today, and she said it was the BEST gift she's ever received, so I'm glad that all my thought and effort was worth it. I felt like I was living this thing for weeks, and it took almost a week for UPS to deliver it, so I'm really glad it's finally in her hands and also relieved she loves it. ;)
I'm going to list the "pages" in the order they were assembled, even though I don't have them in groupings of two. Make sense? And I took most of these pics before I assembled it...I was so afraid of ruining it when punching the holes with my Crop-a-dile! lol Oh, and you may want to go get a little snack and your favorite beverage...this could take a while. ;) There are so many pics, I'm wondering if Blogger will need me to break this up and put it into two or three different posts.... Guess we'll find out soon enough. lol
Okay, this is the front cover:
And Page 11 (this was one of my favorites):
The book opens to reveal my parents' sentiments (hope you don't mind that I'm sharing this, Mom):
And here's the inside of that one:
Page 14 (the inside of the back cover -- I tucked an extra little note inside this envie):
And no, I'm not going to let you read the inside of the note -lol:
The very back cover is just plain cardstock with my little signature stamp on it. Nothing fancy and not worth showing. ;)
I thought I was making each page relatively flat, but I had to use 2" binder rings to assemble this. I think it might have looked better only using a top ring, but I really wanted it to be more like a book, so I went ahead and used a ring at the bottom as well (but the ribbons are only at the top). My supply list was so ridiculously long, and most of the supplies used were from Close To My Heart (I think some ribbon and chipboard were the exceptions). I somehow misplaced it when I was cleaning the house to have friends over for dinner last weekend, but if I ever find it, I'll edit this post to include it all. Until then, please feel free to ask if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!