Something that not many people know is that I make guest books. I’ve been making them for a while, but it’s usually for custom orders.
I’ve decided that it’s time to change that.
The idea was put in motion by Artisans Hand Craft Gallery‘s upcoming show, The Wedding Show. The gallery sent out a call for work that is suitable for a bride, groom, and/or wedding party. In particular, they’re looking for handmade items that include shades of cream, white, and soft greens.
I figured that now is a great time to officially add guest books to my production line (and soon my Etsy shop). Green is my favorite color and I have lots of materials to choose from – today I started on my first batch of guest books.
Welcome to my thought process.
First, I pull out every possible option for paper and bookcloth (a.k.a. make a big, fat mess):
Some of the materials don’t make the cut. I choose four papers to pair with cream-colored bookcloth:
The leafy paper at the top is one I use in my line of photo albums. The other papers are ones that I’ve used before for custom orders. It’s hard to see, but the paper at the bottom has baby’s breath in it.
Next I deal with more interesting options. I love this paper:
And I have the most awesome floral brocade bookcloth that I bought at (the sadly-closed) Kozo Arts. I decided to pair the dark green brocade with the grass paper.
The next paper is a harder choice – it has cream and sorta-beige flower petals in it:
I can’t decide which bookcloth to use. Which do you like better?
Option 1: Dark green floral brocade:
Option 2: Kinda-peachy/sage green floral brocade:
Let me know what you think – even if you don’t like either of them.
I’m on the fence…and it’s a big fence…