Tracey's Expanding Indigo Wedding Guestbook

This big, blue, beautiful beast was such a challenge but I love the outcome of it SO very much. 

Tracey needed a big, dip-dyed indigo book to use as a guestbook for her wedding. They were planning on having their guests add Polaroid photos to it from the ceremony and therefore needed a book that could expand as the pages were filled with photos. 

We also dip-dyed the edges of the pages which was a GORGEOUS effect. Blue ombre covers, blue spine and just a touch of blue inside. 

I also incorporated some vintage Mother-of-Pearl buttons that belonged to my Grandma. Something blue and something old all in one spot! 

It's been a LONG time (about 8 years when I was taking my first Bookbinding class in college) since I last did a concertina binding, or an expanding spine. I was such a challenge but it was a nice change from my usual coptic stitch. 

I was pretty enamored with the final product too. When it was all done, I couldn't help just flipping through it and playing with the expanding spine. It was such a departure from my usual wedding guestbook commissions and stepping back from it when it was all done was just such a nice, satisfying feeling. 


WILDBRIDE collaboration

And continuing with the trend of rather late recaps of projects, here's another gem of a collaboration. Probably one of the highlights of 2016!

About this time last year, one of my favorite bloggers/Instagrammers, Liz Morrow, put out a request for contributions towards swag bags for her upcoming WILDBRIDE Retreats! I've been following her blog for years. Seriously, I remember finding her blog 4 years ago when I was working in my friend's yogurt shop and just devouring every post when I had down time (in between fro-yos). Roadtripping across the country in a vintage RV? Hard not to love her. 

Fast forward a month or so and I get a response from Liz about making some custom watercolor prints for all the retreat participants. An absolute dream collaboration! 

Liz's retreats were meandering from the Oregon coast to the California Redwood forests, then down to Joshua Tree and over to Sedona, Arizona. We decided to do a one-of-a-kind print for each gal in each retreat. A different watercolor for each retreat location and a different quote over-layed on top of it. I also found a longer quote that I fell in love with that became small one-of-a-kind prints on top of watercolored paper. 

These first 2 photos are mine but the bottom two are by Liz (who is a fantastic photographer). The retreats look like they were pretty incredible, with a rather impressive swag bag! Pop on over to the WILDBRIDE blog to read more about Liz's retreats and all the amazing swag!