Personalized Lake Placid Photo Album

wedding anniversary giftTrevor found our oak tree wedding guest book online, and he contacted us to customize a Lake Placid photo album for his wife; Meghan. The traditional 5th anniversary gift is Wood, so this personalized Lake Placid photo album would be perfect for their 5th wedding anniversary.

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He sent us couple of their wedding photos at Lake Placid, New York. The most of the photos were taken in group with their family in front of a Lake Placid and the Whiteface mountain. Trevor didn’t want the people in the photo engraved on the cover, all he wanted just only the landscape behind them, he told us tried to imagine and engrave the landscape without the people, and so we did. First, we erased the people in photo with photoshop first, then prep a PDF proof sent to Trevor  for his approval. After we received his final approval, then we skillfully traced the landscape outlines and sketched the details of Lake Placid by hand just like the picture above.

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Our wooden spine binding is perfect for photo album purpose, because the pages are flexible and open anniversary gift

wedding anniversary gift

The front page, we letterpress printed their names and their wedding date, and the bottom page embossed their initials and a number 5 in a heart to indicate their 5th anniversary.

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A burlap bag hand printed the Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain for the final touch this personalized Lake Placed photo album for them.


A happy email from our clients always brighten up our work day!


 Just wanted to let you know I received the photo album and it is beautiful!  Thank you so much – my wife is going to love it!


Bear Personalized Rustic Guest Book

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookTwo 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.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookKristin 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.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookHand-engraved the details with Razertip pen.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookWe also used our scroll saw to cut a bear shape to match the guest book cover and also could use as book mark.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookRustic Woodsy Wedding Guest book Letterpress printed personalized info on the first page.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookSimple embossing graphics match their wedding theme.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookRustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookA letterpress notecard added to the package.

Rustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookRustic Woodsy Wedding Guest bookA personalized burlap bag and a personalized shipping box to complete the packaging of this guestbook.

Golden Gate Bridge Red Cedar Wood Journal and Pen set

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen set

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.

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen setWe like the wood grain on the wood blank; therefore placed the grain as focal point to give a interesting look to the pen.

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen setA personalized leather pen holder attached to the back cover.

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen set We letterpress printed the good luck wishes on the front page.

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen setThis is the back cover of the journal with wooden spine bounded with leather string.

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen set

Red cedar wood Journal and Pen set

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!

Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Rustic Guest Book

pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest bookThis 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: 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.

Pippin Hill Farm Wedding sign In bookpippin hill farms wedding rustic guest bookAs 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.

pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest bookAlthough 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.

pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest bookWe burn finished our wood lighter, so the details of the artwork can show better. Sometimes we even tried to work with the wood grain.

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pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest book

pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest book pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest bookOur handmade  kiri wooden matching pen to match the guest book

pippin hill farms wedding rustic guest bookLetterpress printed their names and wedding date on the first page, and floral blind embossed.

pippin hill farm wedding rustic guest bookA personalized burlap bag is always a nice touch.