Here is the secret project I was working on for the last two weeks : a handmade birthday commemorative book. My very close friend turned 40 last week, but we had her party on the 23rd. For her present, I got everyone to send me a folded legal page with their ‘best of’ on it. I then constructed a book from an old book cover and heavy cardboard.

Decorating the cover was fun. I used some of my Chiyogami paper and others that remind me of her.

I just love the cuttings from this project!

I drew her on the front. The spine I reconstructed using a cardboard backing from some Project Life page protectors. Waste not want not!

I punched multiple holes in the spine for the pages.

I bound three papers per row of holes.

It looked so awesome.

I covered the inside covers with vintage sewing patterns.

Since I didn’t receive all of the pages in time, I had to figure out a stitch that I could add to later in time and not have it unravel. So I went with a simple pamphlet stitch.

Now she has a colorful book filled with pages made by her friends and family, about their relationship with her.

I think she loved it 🙂