Monday, April 15, 2013

Hello 60 ~ handmade birthday book

Hi. Have a post for you today. This paper-bag-book was made at the request of a very special lady and friend for her 60th birthday. That is the cover, in case you couldn't tell...

Throughout the book I used chipboard from Dear Lizzy Neutrals Trinket Thickers. It was SUPER FUN!!
The diamond embellishments are sections from NinaBDesigns Fancy That bling. Paper by Authentique and Prima (Prima link goes to SimonSaysStamp 'cause that's the first place I find a link to when I google "Prima Songbird 6x6." The silly Prima site does not have it anywhere... ugh).

The book in all it's stuffed glory.
I'll show you more pictures.

Now I haven't lived to 60 yet, but I would think it to be a very happy place to be, yes? Because you would be a grandma :)
Sadly, you can't really see the good job I did backing each word with a different patterned paper, it was really brilliant. (not).

In case you haven't noticed yet (from the first sentence that said "paper-bag-book") each page is made of either a brown paper sack or glassine bag. See the page on the right? The pocket is made of the base of the brown sack. All it took to make that was some stitching.


More paper bags, chipboard, and stamps.

A hand-cut pinking-sheers edge (try trimming the edge of a chevron-patterned paper, it will drive you nuts).
Also, more chipboard and some of my corny hand-written font.

And this is the back cover.. something simple.
These are the tags I made to go in each pocket:

There was some bird theme going on there, but I didn't really mean for it to happen... it just did :)

Thanks for visiting!
~ V


  1. Well, Miss Vio, you've been missed! Glad to see you back. The album is so pretty and I'm sure it will be treasured.

  2. Beautiful work! I'm glad to see you blogging again. :)

  3. So good to see a post from you! I've missed your splendid creations. Your friend will be thrilled to receive this little book, filled with delightful colors, patterns, papers, images, chipboard, and more. All of your design elements, right down to the paper bags, are amazing! The thought, design and time you put into it is remarkable. This book is truly splendid! Hugs, Gabby :)

  4. SO, SOooooo great to have you back!!! and what charming and thoroughly delightful project!! Fortunate friend and fortunate us!! Big hello HUG! Rebecca

  5. Yes, this book is totally TOTALLY AMAZING! As the recipient of this book, I can only begin to tell you how Vio's creative talents are extraordinary and unique! The attention to detail, design, choice of color, paper and embellishments were all so right--I could not have asked for more. This special handmade "goodness" will be treasured forever. Vio, you are one special lady and I love you for it! AF
    P.S. So glad to see that a lot of your followers are glad to have you back. :)

  6. This is so beautiful! Love the colours and the little pockets and tags! Sweet vase of flowers to!

  7. Hi, Vio ,my heart jumped for joy to see you've posted again !!! This is an adorable book , the lady will be very pleased, no doubt ! Gorgeous tags also !

    Hugs, Rosa

  8. hi Viola, i love love love everything about this book.. you are so talented...

  9. What beautiful card/ mini booklet! Your colors and work are lovely!

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