Two years ago, Kristin ordered one of our oak tree guestbook for her friend’s wedding. 2 years later this year we are glad to hear Kristin came back to us to order another wedding guest book for her own wedding in September. We appreciated all our return customers continue to give us their supports and value our arts as their treasure keepsakes which keep us continue to wanting to preserve this dying craft.
Kristin wanted a bear personalized rustic guest book to match her wedding venue at Homewood, CA. This is the bear image we found for Kristin and Ryan’s guest book cover.
Hand-engraved the details with Razertip pen.
We also used our scroll saw to cut a bear shape to match the guest book cover and also could use as book mark.
Letterpress printed personalized info on the first page.
Simple embossing graphics match their wedding theme.
A letterpress notecard added to the package.
A personalized burlap bag and a personalized shipping box to complete the packaging of this guestbook.
Most of our wooden book are bound with coptic stitches (open spine with thread), this is our first wooden spine photo wedding guest book we made for our client. Lindsay was the photographer of this beautiful couple who just got married last month, she ordered this photo guest book for them. Lindsay was in charged of their engagement photo and gave us a brief instruction on the front cover design. Lindsay wanted a hinge style photo guest book for Michael and Jennifer. They have approximate 300 guests, so we had to make this guest book pretty bulky and used thicker inside pages in order to place the photos and fit 300 signatures. We didn’t use coptic binding for this project because it would not work on this project. Coptic binding is a fixed binding, once the spine is stitched then the spine is not adjustable. If all the photos added onto pages, then the thickness of the book would off balance. The book will not able to close like a book… imagine the spine is tight on one end and the opening of the book is wide open.
Looking at our previous hinge binding with open spine won’t work either on this project as well, because it is not very easy to flip around for a big bulky book like this (click here to see our previous hinge open spine binding sample, and here), so we decided to add a wooden spine to this book which can make this book more flexible to flip around.
Lindsay sent us the engagement photo she took for them for the front cover, we converted to black and photo, we sealed and glued the photo on the cover.
Side view of the wooden spine of the book.
Letterpress printed on the first page.
Inside pages can be opened flat on table, we thought this binding is the best solution for this photo guest book.
Top view of the guest book, as you can see the inside pages are heavy paper stock. The weight of this book is close to 4 lbs.
Back cover of the book , we tighten the knots on the back of the book.
A personalized burlap bag for final touch
This is another red cedar notebook and pen set we made. A close friend of us Pam; her former boss is leaving San Francisco. He is going back to France for his new venture. Pam wants to give him a very special gift that can reminds him of San Francisco. He likes sailing, so we thought a Golden Gate Bridge and a sail boat would be perfect on a journal cover. We love red cedar, it has natural aromatic scent and the natural color of the wood is close to pink. At first we thought red cedar wood for this journal and pen set might be too feminine for him. Because it’s pink color and has aromatic scent. After some considerations, we still decided to move forward to this project with red cedar wood but we added some leather elements to accessories journal to make it more like masculine gift. Men tends to like leather and wood together.
We like the wood grain on the wood blank; therefore placed the grain as focal point to give a interesting look to the pen.
A personalized leather pen holder attached to the back cover.
We letterpress printed the good luck wishes on the front page.
This is the back cover of the journal with wooden spine bounded with leather string.
The final touch is a muslin bag printed with San Francisco postage artwork for the packaging. We wish JP will succeed in his new venture in France and keep all the good memories with San Francisco in this journal! Bon Voyage Mr Jean Philippe!
This is the second Pippin Hill Farm Wedding guest book we made. Cissy found our previous Pippin Hills Farm wedding guest book from our blog post, she contacted us for making another one for her daughter’s wedding; Rachel, she is going to have her wedding at Pippin Hill Farms this April. Cissy mentioned to us that their wedding invitation are beautifully designed and handmade by Momental design. She thought our rustic guest book would perfectly match their wedding invitations.
We were so impressed by Momental design’s wedding invitation. it’s really one of a kind and beautifully done by hand individually. You may have a glimpse of their wedding invitation at this link below.
Rachel invitation: http://www.momentaldesigns.com/2014/03/17/rachel-w/. We asked Cissy whether she wanted to have their guest book cover just like their invitation, but Cissy wanted just the same artwork as we did on our previous Pippin Hill Farm guest book.
As usual we traced the outline of the image and texts, and the rest of the details we pretty much hand sketched with hot tip razor pen.
Although Maria’s architecture hand rendering technique is no longer needed her architecture work now, however we are able to extend her wonderful hand drawn rendering skills onto different mediums for different clients.
We burn finished our wood lighter, so the details of the artwork can show better. Sometimes we even tried to work with the wood grain.
Our handmade kiri wooden matching pen to match the guest book
Letterpress printed their names and wedding date on the first page, and floral blind embossed.
A personalized burlap bag is always a nice touch.
This is a very special personalized christmas gift shipped to Japan from our regular Etsy customer-Will. The front cover engraved a first name in Japanese Kanji character “Rin”.
Will ordered this personalized journal in November, and Will just told us it’s just delivered last week means it took about 2 weeks to Japan during holiday season. Whew….lucky it got there before Christmas.
We letterpresses printed their names at the bottom page.
This is our holiday packaging. We are very thankful our Etsy regular customers continue to support our craft all these years! Wish you all have a wonderful holidays season!