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Glacier National Park Wedding Album November 23, 2016 12:39

What's a more thoughtful gift than a personalized engraved photo album for your friend? Michelle wanted to get their newly-wed friends, Max and Jill, a special gift; one that would capture a moment from their beautiful wedding day and immortalize it forever on a photo album cover. A photo album that has one of their favorite memories on the cover and more memories to be made on the inside. And that is how the Glacier National Park Wedding Album came to be.Glacier National Park Wedding AlbumGlacier National Park Wedding AlbumGlacier National Park Wedding AlbumGlacier National Park Wedding AlbumThe little details are the details that matter... Glacier National Park Wedding AlbumAlso, on the spine of the album, we added the place and date of where and when they got married. The album is also held together by metal hinges and leather straps, which gives it a more rustic vibe and nature to it.

Glacier National Park Wedding Album

The bag that was made to go with the Glacier National Park Wedding Album. It has the infinity sign stamped onto it; the infinity sign appears throughout this album as it symbolizes forever, never ending and limitless, just like their love.
Glacier National Park Wedding Album
On the inside of the cover, there is a puzzle art which was requested by Michelle. It is a heart with the names of their family members on it and they all fit together as one puzzle piece.The infinity sign makes it appearance once again on the front cover of the photo album, embossed in the bottom center of the page with the initials M & J for Max and Jill.

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A close up look at the final product of our Glacier National Park Wedding Album.


Personalized Baby Gift from Austin Press October 27, 2016 07:00

Our friend, Kimberly Austin, invited us to join her SFmade pop up sale open studio on May 14th. After the pop up, Kim talked to us and told us that she wanted to give her close friends, Ben and Ivy, a special gift for their new born baby boy. So this is the personalized baby gift from Austin Press.

Ben and Ivy picked Kim's stationery original artwork a ship and "J" with daisy around it for their baby's photo album cover, which was a clever idea and a super nice and thoughtful gift from Kim.

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This is Kim's original artworkPersonalized Baby Gift
And this is the letter "J' with daisies wrapped around it.Personalized Baby Gift
Engraving Kim's artwork and "J" onto the front cover of the baby book
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The book was accompanied with a simple white bag
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The details of the ship engraved into wood.Personalized Baby GiftPersonalized Baby Gift
The front page with information to fill in like the Name, Length, Weight.. etc.
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The bottom of each page has two baby blue feet imprints.Personalized Baby GiftPersonalized Baby Gift
A closer look at the details on the "J"Personalized Baby Gift

This is the final product of the personalized baby gift from Austin Press

 

 


San Francisco Cityscape Wedding Guestbook October 10, 2016 07:00

San Francisco, known as "The City", an incredible place with amazing views and the home of diverse culture. Nearly everyone falls for the city's charm and people fall in love in that city too. And so, this San Francisco Cityscape Wedding Guestbook was created. Daniel and Lita, a couple that fell in love in the city that they love.San Francisco cityscape wedding guestbook
The guestbook cover with a hand-burned skyline of San Francisco San Francisco cityscape wedding guestbook
A very simple front to draw more attention to the cityscape as that's the main focus/theme of the guestbook.San Francisco cityscape wedding guestbook
A side view of the book's hand-bounding of the San Francisco Cityscape Wedding Guestbook

San Francisco cityscape wedding guestbook
A complementing burlap bag with the same stamped skyline.

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Debossed on the first page with the San Francisco cityscape and floral debossing on the top corners of the page.San Francisco cityscape wedding guestbook

The San Francisco Cityscape Wedding Guestbook in its final finish.

 

 


Brindle Cafe Memory Book September 29, 2016 08:17

What a real life romantic love story...

Having a first date at a Brindle cafe and now, a happy newly wed couple.

Their friend, Waseem, wanted to give a gift to her friends. So, she requested for us to make a memory book in a journal size for the newlywed couple, Monique and Mayank, to place in their pictures of old favorite memories and new ones to come.

So, we created a Brindle cafe memory Book just for them.
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Monique and Mayank had their first date at Brindle Cafe, New York. So, we engraved Brindle's logo onto the front of the book.Brindle Cafe Memory Book
Here, you can see we also added a little coffee press and coffee cup, just to add to the overall theme.Brindle Cafe Memory Book
Waseem also requested that we have pressed flowers in the front page. We think that adds a pop of nice nature and color to the book.

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Metal clasps to add a more rustic vibe.

Brindle Cafe Memory Book
A leather closure to compliment the rustic metal clasps.

Brindle Cafe Memory Book
The back of the coffee shop/brindle cafe memory book with a smooth wood finishing. The wood, metal and light brown leather really resembles the warm cozy feeling of being in a coffee shop.

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A simple white cloth bag with a nice detail of leather straps to match the ones on the book.Brindle Cafe Memory Book
Side by side, memory book and bag.

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The front page with a floral embossing at the corner and at the bottom, their initials with a heart.Brindle Cafe Memory Book
Their names printed with "Our very first..." below it.

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This is the final product of our brindle cafe memory book.


Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook September 15, 2016 09:10

We were contacted by the groom's mom, Gail, to create this Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook. She called for an inquiry for the specifics and estimated delivery time as she wanted this to be delivered on time just for the wedding.Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook

This is a very simple guestbook with two intertwining horseshoes in the front which really draws the focus and attention to the horseshoe as a main subject.Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook
A horse shoe has a long history of being protective and is very symbolic in lots of cultures but mainly Western culture, The horseshoe is a very auspicious symbol, a charm used to protect against any form of evil and bring good luck. A horseshoe is considered lucky as it is made with Iron, a strong metal which withheld fire. This gave a strong resemblance of strength and power.  Lucky Horseshoe Wedding GuestbookLucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook

A light baby pink front sheet to add a pop of light color and hand pressed edges to give a subtle detail and a stamp of the two intertwining horseshoes in the middle bottom of the page

Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook

The Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook alongside it's matching burlap bag with the same two intertwined horseshoes in front.The last and final look of our Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook project.

Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook
The last and final look of our Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Guestbook project.

Lucky Horseshoes Wedding Guestbook


Hyatt Centric Park City Guestbook September 07, 2016 07:00

Hyatt Centric Guestbook
This project is the Hyatt Centric Park City Guestbook. We were contacted by Chris Carter, director of operations, to design and create a guestbook for their hotel. The first image was sent to us by Chris was too intricate to engrave by hand so...

Hyatt Centric Guestbook
We suggested this image to Chris instead. These are pictures of Hyatt Centric Park City.

Hyatt Centric Guestbook
He requested to have the quote "Let's explore together..." on the top middle part of the guestbook.

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The fine little details put into the buildings and scenery/nature.

Hyatt Centric Guestbook

Bounded with leather and chicago binding screws.

Hyatt Centric Guestbook

The pages inside, with information for guests to fill out on who they are, when their stay was, and what they loved.Hyatt Centric Guestbook

A handmade canvas bag to accompany the Hyatt Centric Park City Guestbook

Hyatt Centric Guestbook

It had a hand-sewn leather closure, leather flap, button and string.

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The final outlook and product of the Hyatt Centric Park City Guestbook.

A nice email from Chris on June 14th, 2016

Good Afternoon Mai!

Thank you so much for the work you put into this piece. It is everything we hoped for and more. We have shared it with our corporate office who agree that it’s a real work of art.

Thank you again!

Chris


Warm Cabin Wedding Guestbook August 30, 2016 07:00

What's a nicer image than being out in the woods surrounded by big tall trees and serenity, just you and your lover? This Warm Cabin Wedding Guestbook. Not only does it capture all the aspects of the woodsy-ness but the hand burned engraving gives it it's raw and natural look.
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Here's a little background story on how this book came to be, Rachel and her fiancé, Shane, were both born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Both of them have a strong liking for the outdoors and wilderness, they love fishing and hunting. They were both raised to appreciate nature and wildlife. Their family has a cabin down near the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska, which is known for world class salmon fishing during the summer months. For most of her childhood summers, they were spent down at the cabin, running through the woods, playing and fishing. So, her family's cabin is the most precious place in her heart and this cabin has a lot of fond and irreplaceable memories attached to it. She've always said that she'd want to get married at the cabin. She wanted a guestbook to portray the importance to Shane and herself of hunting, fishing and the family cabin. This is a sketch of the cabin drawn by her grandmother.

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Hand burned engraving process. cabin wedding guestbook
A sketch of a Alaska caribou that we incorporated into the book cover to add more of the wilderness and wildlife to it.cabin wedding guestbook
Adding the little details.

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The hunter/forest green paper on the inside ties it all together with the whole "outdoors" theme.
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A little tree detail at the bottom of the page and a letterpressed notecard as compliment to the package.
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A matching burlap bag, with the initials R & S for Rachel and Shane, and a moose in between the both of them to further emphasize their love of nature.

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The burlap bag and guestbook next to one another.

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The final product of this Warm Cabin Wedding Guestbook. The final look is very welcoming cozy warm but yet shows the beauty of nature and animals perfectly.


Wedding Logo Guest Book August 23, 2016 07:00

Calligraphy has been all the rage lately, and what better way to show that off than having a calligraphed Wedding Logo Guest Book?
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We were contacted by Chris and Elly to make a wedding guestbook for them. They're a sweet couple from the UK and they found out work online. They have thought long and hard about this logo and it's also used in their wedding invitation which creates a sense of harmony.
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The beautiful intricate design was engraved onto wood with love.

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Wedding Logo Guest Book
Wedding Logo Guest Book
A personalized burlap bag made to match the Wedding Guest Book.
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Both the Wedding Logo Guest Book and the burlap bag side by side
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The final product of the Wedding Logo Guest Book really just embodies a charming and dreamy finish.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift August 16, 2016 07:00

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift
This wooden journal and pen set was custom made for Jason. He bought this journal and pen set for his wife; Helen to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary. Usually 5th anniversary, give gifts made of wood is a traditional theme in western culture. Because wood symbolized strong and long lasting and it is a perfect representation of a solidified marriage, so this journal and pen set would made a perfect 5th wedding anniversary gift.

5th Wedding Anniversary GiftThis monogram journal has always been our popular item in our shop, added this matching pen to complete this journal as a set. They really look good together.

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We also custom printed a library card to decorate the pocket.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift

We turned the pen with the same type of wood we used on the journal cover. We also finish the pen to match the wood grain on the cover. We have to say we really like how it turned out.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift
We also made a wooden box for the pen.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift
Two
 leather strings attached to the box for the closure.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift

We found a way to tight the box nicely. it secure and easy to unwrap.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift

A personalized burlap for final touch to this 5th wedding anniversary gift.


Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album August 08, 2016 20:20

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album
Lusie wanted to give John and Kelly a special engagement gift, she contacted us to customize wedding book for the couple. We gave Lusie several ideas and options, and Lusie had picked this Cherry Blossom Wedding photo album for John and Kelly. This cherry blossom wedding photo album will sure let John and Kelly collect their sweet memories on this personalized photo album. This unique, and thoughtful personalized gift that is sure to be cherished for years to come.

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We love cherry blossom, it's our favorite artwork to make on our journals during holiday seasons, but this is our first personalized cherry blossom photo album.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo album
The 
lining page with floral embedded handmade paper.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album
Cover page with letterpress printed personalized info with floral embossed corners.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album
We bought this cherry blossom letterpress lead type from Taiwan years ago, finally this project was perfect for it.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album
Personalized info also engraved on the wooden spine.
Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album
A personalized burlap bag to match.


A personalized letterpress cherry blossom notecard attached to the shipping box.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Photo Album


Willow Tree Wedding Guestbook July 27, 2016 12:50

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Dawn contacted us to customize a willow tree wedding guestbook to match their wedding invitation. He sent us a picture of  their wedding  invitation and simple instructions to follow. Willow tree is perfect for wedding, it symbolize adaptability of life, it's just like the branches are so flexible and strong, bending in outrageous pose without breaking and the leaves represent the balance, harmony and growth.Willow tree has all the elements that represent a perfect marriage. This a good reason to have willow tree on wedding stationery.

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We also hand-printed a willow tree on burlap bag to match the book cover.

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This wooden spine binding allows to have thicker inner pages,  so the Shannon and Dawn can have their engagement photos attached onto pages.

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Letterpress printed personalized info on the front page.

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Handmade green texture paper as lining page.willow tree wedding bookwillow tree wedding guestbook


Wedding Chapel Photo Guestbook July 01, 2016 13:41

Chapel Wedding Guestbook
Colleen contacted us to customize a wedding chapel photo guestbook for his daughter’s wedding in this coming November. He sent us a picture of the chapel where Rebecca is getting married this fall. It’s very thoughtful of him to have a tradition chapel to engrave on the cover of the guestbook for her daughter’s wedding. Later he wanted to an infinity love symbol with their initials on top of the chapel. This wedding chapel photo guestbook would make a beautiful wedding gift from a parent.Chapel Wedding Guestbook
We eliminated those light poles, signs and snow road to simplify the artwork that we could put the focus point on the architecture of the chapel.
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Wooden spine binding with personalized engraving. Chapel Wedding GuestbookChapel Wedding Guestbook
Flower and leaves embedded  handmade paper as lining page.
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Letterpress printed on the first page of the guestbook.

Chapel Wedding Guestbook
Hand-embossed their infinity love symbol at the bottom first page.

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This wedding chapel photo guestbook can be used as  photo album if they decided to place their wedding or engagement photos onto pages.

 

 


Moraine Lake Wedding Guestbook June 23, 2016 12:52

Moraine Lake Wedding Guestbook
Tammie contacted us to customize a wedding guest book for her son wedding around April. At first, she was thinking to get our oak tree wedding for Patrick and Melissa’s wedding. But later after reading our blog posts and saw many different guestbooks that we have done, then they decided to go with a little more personalized and complex artwork; The Moraine Lake wedding guestbook. Tammie sent us couple pictures of Moraine Lake, but her files were too small to work with, and we looked up other Moraine Lake images online, and we found this image that we could work with.

Moraine Lake Wedding Guestbook
We carefully constructed the outlines of the scene, then watch for soft and hard edges in the lines. Pay attention to the quality to the lines and shading patterns. Having the image on iPad is much better than printed on a paper for observing the image as guide.

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This is our version of the Maraine Lake on wood.Moraine Lake Wedding GuestbookMoraine Lake Wedding Guestbook
Open spine coptic binding with dark brown thread.

Moraine Lake Wedding Guestbook
Green handmade paper as lining page.

Moraine Lake Wedding GuestbookPersonalized letterpress printed their names and date on the first page.Moraine Lake Wedding Guestbook
We printed a row of pine trees at the bottom of first page to match the Maraine Lake's scene.Moraine Lake Wedding GuestbookMoraine Lake Wedding Guestbook
A personalized burlap bag for storage is nice details touch to the guestbook.

 


Rustic Tree Wedding Guest Book June 15, 2016 15:46

Rustic Tree Wedding Guest Book
This rustic tree wedding guest book project is very different from our other rustic tree guestbook projects. Because we only did part of the artwork and the groom; Matt will finish the other part of the artwork himself. Matt is a designer, he sent us his image (image below) that he want it to be on his guestbook cover. He wanted us to engrave the rustic tree, their names and wedding date on the cover, and he will draw and paint the sunflower in color himself.

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We hand-engraved his rustic tree image on the cover.

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We left some room at the bottom cover, so Matt can paint the sunflowers like the image he sent us.

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We made a green burlap bag because Matt had choosen green binding, so we match the green theme on the burlap bag.

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Open spine with waxed green thread binding.

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We used green lining paper to match the green theme and letterpress printed a wood grain notecard for the couple as complimentary gift.

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Embossed a tree and their monograms on the cover page.

Rustic Tree Wedding Guest Book
This image above is unfinished, and we are actually curious to see the finish version of the rustic tree wedding guestbook.


Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Guestbook June 07, 2016 11:41

Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Guestbook
This is the third Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Guestbook we made. Sasha’s wedding were held at Pippin Hill Farm in May. She contacted us couple months ago before her wedding, she requested to have the similar Pippin Hill Farm guestbook to made for her wedding.  As we’ve done twice before this project, so it was pretty straight forward and simple on the post-production phase.

Here are the link posts from our previous Pippin Hill Farm Guest Book#1, and Pippin Hill Farm Guest Book#2.

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Here is the 3rd Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Guest book.

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A personalized notecard with wood grain borders as compliment to the package.Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Guestbook
A matching wood  slim style pen to accessories the guestbook

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The front page personalized letterpress print.

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The lining page with handmade paper.

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A personalized burlap bag for storage.

Here is a kind email from Sasha on April 28th.

Hi Mai,
I received the guest book in the mail and wanted to let you know that it looks lovely! Thank you so much!
Best,
Sasha

 


The Jones’ Family Ranch Guestbook May 31, 2016 12:04

The Jones’ Family Ranch Guestbook
This Jones’ Family Ranch Guestbook was made for Dena, she found our work online and contacted us through Etsy. She wanted to give their friend a nice gift who own a family ranch business. On her first email, she gave us a brief instruction yet very details so it’s very easy for us to visualize her idea in one picture. She specified she wanted a tree off center to the left, and a cow grazing under the tree and followed a line somewhere  ” Welcome to the Jones’ Family Ranch”. The back cover she also liked to include a message ” With Love and Gratitude from The Lock Family”and a small outline map of New Zealand above it.

We gathered her inputs and sent her a layout in PDF, and she liked it and approved to move forward the project with us in the 2nd second email.

The Jones’ Family Ranch Guestbook
This is what we pictured her idea and bring to life on a guest book cover for her

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Letterpress printed the line ” The Jones’ Family Ranch” on the front page and a ranch house at the center bottom page.

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The back cover engraved their message to the Jones’ family and a little New Zealand Map above it.

The Jones’ Family Ranch Guestbook
We also printed a chip board notecard for them to display somewhere may be reception area we imagined.

The Jones’ Family Ranch Guestbook
A personalized burlap bag for final touch, we hope this Jones’ family ranch guest book can brings joy to the Jones’ family and it fills up many good memories from their guests soon!

 

 


Chicago Skyline Wedding Guestbook May 24, 2016 14:45

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Cindy is the mother of the bride; Brit. She placed an Oak Tree wedding guestbook order through our site but it didn’t go through. She contacted us to see what went wrong with her order. Somehow our conversation had lead us to change the front cover artwork from Oak Tree design to a Chicago Skyline Guestbook. Cindy sent us couple of her drawings of what she had in mind. Her idea was to combine something from Georgia (Oak Tree with Spanish Moss where Brit and Ryan came from)  and a Chicago skyline as the background ( now where they live now). She also wanted to have a bear and a bird in front of the oak tree. Bear is represent Ryan and the Bird represents Brit. Cindy even sent us their engagement photos which in front of Chicago Skyline buildings so we have better visual understand for the couple.. Others may seen this front cover design little surreal but every elements have the stories and represent the couple.Chicago Skyline Wedding Guestbook
Bear is represents the groom; Ryan.The birdy is represents the bride; Brit. We had the birdy come toward to the bear like the gesture of giving the comfort to the groom.

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Here is the close up of the oak tree with Chicago skyline background.
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Open spine coptic binding with waxed dark brown thread.
Chicago Skyline Wedding Guestbook
Letterpress personalized their names and wedding date on the front page. Their monograms and Floral corner embossed to carry on the wedding details. Chicago Skyline Wedding GuestbookA personalized burlap bag and a letterpress notecard to bring the final touch to this Chicago Skyline Guestbook.


Unique Personalized Bridesmaid Gift May 17, 2016 12:46

 Unique Personalized Bridesmaid Gift
We made a SF cityscape red cedar wedding guest book for Janel’s wedding and she loved it. Once she received her guest book she contacted us right away to personalize a bridesmaid gift for her bridesmaid. She wanted give something special to whom has always been there for her through the years and shared numerous precious memories together. No doubt getting a personalized bridesmaid gift is a great way to show her great appreciation to a close friend just like one of a family member. Janel loved our dandelion journal the most even we offered her different options. She requested  to personalize her bridesmaid’s name; Savannah on the cover and add a pen to the journal as a set.Unique Personalized Bridesmaid GiftUnique Personalized Bridesmaid Gift
Full name imprinted on the front page.

Unique Personalized Bridesmaid Gift
We couldn’t find exact type cedar wood to make pen, lucky we were able to find other type of timber to match the journal cover.

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We hand-sewn a leather pen holder to attach the back cover so Savannah will always has a pen with her journal all the time.Unique Personalized Bridesmaid GiftUnique Personalized Bridesmaid GiftUnique Personalized Bridesmaid Gift


Rustic Tree Wedding Guest Book May 10, 2016 07:00

Rustic Tree Wedding Guest Book
Joanna contacted us to customize a rustic tree wedding guest book for her wedding in UK. She found our previous project olive tree wedding guest book we made for our client back in 2014. The tree on her wedding invitation is very similar to the olive tree we made. She also sent us a picture of the tree on her invitation (image below) so we had a better idea of the tree that she wants on her guest book cover.

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This is the tree we engraved on her guest book cover from the image she provided.

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A wooden button closure brings more personality to the wedding book.

Rustic Tree Wedding Guest BookOpen spine coptic stitches with waxed dark brown linen thread.

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Letterpress printed personalized info and blind embossed floral corners & tree on the first page.

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Wood grain letterpress personalized notecard to match the rustic wedding guest book.

Rustic Tree Wedding Guest BookA matching burlap bag to complete this rustic tree wedding guest book.

 

 

 


Red Cedar San Francisco Cityscape Wedding Book May 03, 2016 10:15

Red Cedar SF cityscape Wedding book
We made this red cedar SF cityscape wedding guestbook for Zach & Janel who just had their wedding last weekend. Janel placed her order via our online store, but later she contacted us to see they could have different timber than our regular cityscape wedding book kiri wood. We checked our wooden boards archival, we thought these red cedar wood might work for her wedding guestbook. We got back to her with red cedar wood cover option, and Janel liked the wood and continued to proceed her order with us.

Red Cedar SF Cityscape Wedding Guestbook
Red cedar wood has unique grains and knots, and also has natural aromatic fragrance scent. It is commonly used in fragrance oil or even used in closets or chests to repel insects. We like red cedar wood so much and we've always tried our best to make use of every little piece of wood left from the cut. We made book marks and hearts pendents. We like to include as complimentary gifts to our clients.

Red Cedar SF Cityscape Wedding Guestbook
We used scroll saw to cut the double hearts out of our scrap wood pile. Though the cut is not as sharp and clean as those laser cut machine woods but it is good enough for book mark purpose.

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Red Cedar SF Cityscape Wedding Guestbook
Letterpress printed personalized names and wedding date, and embossed the SF cityscape at the bottom of the page.

Red Cedar SF Cityscape Wedding Guestbook
A row of SF victorian houses hand-printed on a muslin bag, and a letterpress personalized notecard for the couple we thought it could use as decór at their wedding reception.

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Here is a nice email from Janel after she received her red cedar SF cityscape wedding guestbook in the mail.

Hi Mai,
I just received our guest book and absolutely love it! It’s so perfect and how you wrapped it is so cute! Thank you for making such personal and sweet guest book for us.

Thank you!
Janel

Heart Initials Wedding Guest Book April 26, 2016 07:00

Heart Initials Wedding Guest Book
This heart initials Wedding guest book was made for Philip and Lisa In UK back in February 2016. Philip found our envelope guest book we made in 2012 for our client, he contacted us to have a similar style of guest book for their wedding this summer. We offered different options of graphics for them to choose,  but Philip and Lisa had decided to pick a simple corner heart initials guest book with hinges binding but he didn’t want to have envelopes glued onto pages like the original envelope guest book he inquired.
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Letterpress printed their names and wedding date, and embossed hearts along the bottom page to match the front cover.

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Originally we only had 2 hinges on the front cover when we made the envelope guest book in 2012,  but since this is not an envelope wedding guest book and we understand their guests will write their wishes onto pages not on card inserts, so we added 2 more hinges at the back cover just to add more strength and flexibility to the spine. Heart Initials Wedding Guest Book
A letterpress notecard and a wooden heart book mark added to the package as complimentary to the couple.

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A personalized burlap bag to match this heart initials wedding guest book is always a nice rustic touch to the package.


The Beatles LP Wedding Guest Book April 20, 2016 10:59

The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book

We’ve made plenty of the Beatles LP wedding guest books over the years. The Beatles LP wedding guest book has become one of our popular item in our Etsy and Storenvy shops. All of our Beatles LP records were provided by our clients, because vintage Beatles LP records are precious and hard to find. The LP vinyls guest book concept was originally came from recycling and reuse. Couple years ago when LP records were not as trendy as now, a co-workers of Maria wanted to get rid of his LP records collection and he gave us couple boxes of  his old LP records. We loved retro LP records so we took the his generous offer. We saved some that we like; Eagles, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Chicago, Elton John and  for our record player.

Most other LP musics in those boxes we’re not  familiar with, we didn’t know what could we do with it so we made couple journals out of it for pleasure. Some we gave it to friends as gifts during Christmas, but later we decided put some LP records journals on Etsy for sale rather than sitting on the selves. Surprisingly Recycled LP journal got hit likes. Etsy communities loved the recycled records and reuse and bring it to live. Then later some Etsy clients requested to have a recycled LP record wedding guest book made instead of journal. Vinyl journal is too small for guestbook purpose. We figured we could cut the LP records into bigger size so it can be used for guest book. Then LP wedding guest book is born and sold much faster than LP journals. Not too long after we posted couple of our LP record guestbooks on our blog and then some other music fan clients wanted to have specific type of LP records for their wedding guest book covers, and they even willing to send their own records at their own costs and this was the journey of our Beatles LP wedding guest book came to live.

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This Beatles LP wedding guest book project was made for Erica and Scott back in February 2016.  Erica and Scott sent us their own records, and their vinyls were remastered not like those old vinyls we had before. It’s appeared to be thicker than the old vinyls and it came with a nice LP cover. We really like the thick glossy finish LP cover, we could have easily make another guest book out of the LP cover for sale, but we thought making it to a shopping bag from LP cover as a package of the guest book is cooler, and Erica and Scott would treasure the guest book even more. We believe packaging always plays important role of a product. If the LP records come with a nice LP cover like this project, we always like to make use of it and turn into something nice with the guest book to delight our clients. Because wedding day is a big day of their lives, they want something special and personal to be celebrated with.  The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book The Beatle LP Wedding Guest BookThe Beatle LP Wedding Guest BookThe Beatle LP Wedding Guest BookWe used a lyrics page we collected from other Beatles LP wedding guest book project as first lining page. We usually saved and recycled Beatles LP cover and lyrics pages from other projects. Because most of our clients didn’t care to keep the left over materials they shipped us and we thought what a waste to throw it away.

The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book
Ringo Starr’s eye looked through the hole from Lyric page underneath, we thought it's a fun little details on this guest book.

The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book
After the lyric page, letterpress printed personalized info on the first page.

The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book
Another lyric page we bounded together before the back cover; a free spirit John Lennon on phone with Yoko behind the scene.

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Open coptic binding spine with waxed linen black thread. We like the black thread to match the shopping bag.
 The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book
Front cover with front side shopping bag.

The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book
Back cover with back side shopping bag.

The Beatle LP Wedding Guest Book


Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding Book April 13, 2016 12:14

Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding BookThis monogram photo rustic wedding book was a special order for Krissy & Tim in North Dakota. Krissy contacted us throught Etsy. She found our previous project online we made back in 2013, she likes the book cover design and she wanted to have a similar wedding book made for her wedding this Fall.

Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding Book
She sent us their engagement photo to start the project. Their original engagement photo was in color but we converted to sepia tone for keeping overall rustic earth tone color. Their engagement photo has a very nice country feels backdrop which perfectly match the rustic book cover.

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Handmade Paper with embedded flower peddles and leaves as first page of the book to match the front cover.

Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding Book
Letterpress printed their names, wedding date and their oval monogram at the center of the bottom page.

Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding Book
Personalized oval monogram brings a nice touch to the wedding book.

Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding Book
Open spine with coptic binding stitches.

A matching monogram burlap bag to package the wedding book.
A matching monogram burlap bag to package the wedding book.

Monogram Photo Rustic Wedding Book
Personalized letterpress notecard to include in this monogram photo rustic wedding book package as final touch.


The Carriage House Wedding Book April 05, 2016 15:01 1 Comment

The Carriage House Wedding Book

This Carriage House Wedding Book was made for Randal and Aaron’s wedding in this fall. Randal and Aaron are getting married this October and they will have a rustic style wedding ceremony at a beautiful wedding venue; the Carriage House, Houston Texas. Randal wanted to have a wedding book use as an album as well as guest book. They found our work online thought our wedding book would be a perfect addition to their rustic style wedding.  She wanted to have a wedding book that she can place pictures from their dating days to their engagement then follow through to their wedding. Her idea is to have a wedding book filled with all their memories of their journey together til their wedding day all in one book. Here is how we bring the Carriage House Wedding Book alive for Randal and Aaron.
The Carriage House Wedding Book
Randal sent us their engagement pictures, wedding invitation and the wedding venue pictures to let us get better ideas of what they wanted.  After seeing her wedding venue picture, we thought engrave the Carriage House wedding venue on the front cover would bring some personal touch to their reception. We did some research online, and found the Carriage House Rendering from their website, so we prep a PDF proof for Randal and Aaron’s approval.

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Our wooden spine binding would be perfect to use an album and guest book purpose.

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A handmade texture paper as lining pageThe Carriage House Wedding Book
Letterpress printed their personalized info and love quote on the first page of the book.

The Carriage House Wedding Book
Letterpress printed the second page, then their dating pictures follow after the second page.

The Carriage House Wedding Book
After photo pages, then their guests will sign after this guest wishes page.

The Carriage House Wedding Book
A personalized burlap bag to package the guest book. The Carriage House Wedding Book

Here is a kind email from Randal for this Carriage House Wedding Book

Hi Mai!!!
I received my album this evening and I could not be more pleased and excited about it! I rushed to open the box only to find it so exquisitely wrapped and had to wait until my fiancé woke up to open it with him. I could hardly wait!?
Every single detail came out exactly as I was imagining, if not better!!! Thank you for making my dream come true of having a dating album, guestbook, and wedding album all in one! Now to put the first set of pictures in place!
The work on the cover and every little detail provided in the entire package is truly incredible! I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I purchase one of these pieces of art from Msquare Press!