Happy Anniversary : )

Today, Steven & I celebrated our Fourth (4th!) Wedding Anniversary, wow! Steven joked with me and said he could not believe it -- it seemed longer than that! HA! Don't forget that Steven and I did not tie the knot until we were 48 and 49, but we have known each other and been friends since we were 15 and 16 years old! Of course I wanted to (or needed to?) create something to celebrate this special day with . . . . so I finished the pages of a Star Book that I started as a sample piece in the class I taught in April. I had done the base pages and basic cover, but not completed the inside pages, so I used some appropriately mushy sentiments/snippets from our wedding program, rubber stamping (Cat's Life Press and Magenta), sponging of ink, special photos, and tailored this star book specifically for today, to give to Steven. : )) He loved it and was really happy to have some "Anniversary Art" as he called it!

The Vintage images I used throughout the book are from ARTchix Studio collage sheets . . . .
Click on any photo for more detail and you can see the pages close-up!

Here's Steven working on his laptop while I photograph the book! The hands on the cover & inside page are ours - a scan printed onto fabric. I did this a long time ago, it was simply an extra in my scrap box!

This last photo I added is to show the Coptic Stitch that binds the three sets of pages together - yes! This is a sewn book, although the covers are glued to the end pages. For more information on this stitch and many other wonderful handmade books, I recommend the book ‘Cover to Cover’ by Shereen LaPlantz. You can find it at Amazon, here.