15.3.12

Enjoy Project | Making Bridesmaids Books

Marie Barone: I stopped using a recipe years ago. I cook from here.  [Marie points at her heart] 
Frank Barone: And you nag from here.  [Frank motions toward his mouth] 

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Like good ol' Mrs. Barone, I craft "from here" [pointing to my heart].  I'm not a perfectionist, I don't cut very straight, I usually make a huge mess, I usually start crafting with one goal in mind and end with a completely different finished product!  I'm impatient, I'm imperfect.  Often this average made crafting comes from sheer excitement and determination that I hardly notice the flaws.  Then I'm all done... And notice "Oh, that looks weird" or "Wow, that is very crooked."  But when I get in the zone, it's hard to deter me ;)

My first wedding craft (of who knows how many I'll end up with ;) haha) started with an idea, lots and lots of love, and a $2.39 box of 1960 Children's Encyclopedia Britannica's. After lots and lots and even more help from my mama bear and my bridesmaid, Lydia Jane, we finished a darling, flawed, made-from-here craft.

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  Bridesmaids books!  My wedding theme is yet to be announced on the interwebs, but I'll tell you enough that storybooks play a role in this vision of our wedding ;)  I've seen very sweet cards, boxes, gifts and videos brides create to ask their friends to be their bridesmaids.  I had this wild idea to make mini storybooks.  We cut out pictures from about 10 encyclopedia's and collaged and massaged these babies into being.  Each book has a cover:

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elizabeth's cover
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becca's cover

And each book has a title page with me and my friends initials and a brief book dedication.

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jamie's title page
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elizabeth's title page
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becca's title page
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abbie's title page
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lydia's title page
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katie's title page

After the title page each book has an "about us" spread.  I wrote a personalized stanza for each girl with pictures to match.  I tried my best to make it personal and specific to each bridesmaid ;) 

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katie's "about us" page
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becca's "about us" page
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lydia's "about us" page
After the girls read about us, they got to a little spread about me meeting my hunkyhunky dude, who made me laugh a lot and fed me food... which is really why I fell in love with him.  I'm pretty sure.
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lydia's "boy meets girl" page
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elizabeth's "boy meets girl" page
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courtney's "boy meets girl" page
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katie's "boy meets girl" page

The final spread is the announcement of a wedding! With a special request for my very loved friend...
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... will she be my bridesmaid?
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Mom, Lyd and I had a great time sorting through pretty pictures, cutting out words for a collage, folding card stock and watching a tiny dream take shape into tangible reality.
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I love all the colorssss.
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The books are stitched together with green thread.  Special thank you to mama and Caleb for getting all the sewing supplies and hooking me up with a machine to sew on... Especially after just getting out of the hospital, mom!
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These four-inch, four-spread, cardstock books and the joy in making them is but a speck of the love I have for the girls I gave these to.  I'm so blessed.
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I can't wait to get married with their support, laughter, honesty, help and love.  Maybe even a little but of their nagging ;)
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7 comments:

  1. This made me cry a little bit. I might be a sap (read: most likely probably am, considering I still have notes scribbled with words and tickets stubs from when I was five), but this was so sweet + thoughtful + beautiful. Love the colors, the retro art, and the thought behind each page. :)

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  2. Wow wow!!! That's the best idea!!!

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  3. this... is the BEST idea. seriously Kristen, you just won the most creative and sweet bride award. loooove it.

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  4. Ummm...this is SOO CREATIVE and awesome!! You have a beautiful mind :).

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  5. these are so stinkin special and great!! good work friend!! :)

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  6. so, so cute. wonderful idea :)

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