We buy ourselves a joint gift for our Anniversary - have done for about 4 years now. It tends to be something lovely for our garden, that we can share together. We've bought a garden bench, a large parasol/umbrella, a tree.... This year we have chosen a rather nice arched trellis, to go in a space created when we removed an overgrown shrub. I don't have a photo to show you though.... Must take one "before" and "after" the arch goes up!
However, I also received a Delivery:
My Lovely Anniversary Flowers from my Wonderful D.H.
I made DH a present:
An Anniversary Book
It has a wrap-round cover, fastened with ribbon. The pages are held in by just a loop of linen thread, in the top corner.
Pages 2 & 3
Pages 4 & 5
Pages 6 & 7
Pages 8 & 9
Pages 10 & 11
Last Page - a lovely quote I like so much...
The papers I used were part of a gift set, in the Simply Homemade magazine. They are a collection of papers and cut-out elements, designed by KaiserCraft. I thought they were just lovely and they really suited what I wanted to make. I used cardstock from a pack by Papermania, in chocolate brown and a gold colour. The black written quotes were on a sheet of bible quotations, but I can't find the label to say where they are from (sorry!).
This was a "quick make" for me. I decided I wanted to produce a mini-book, with photos of us two and DS. I found the papers and thought they were just right, then found the cardstock... Then just went for it! I kept the design of each page as simple as possible, just adding the odd little "extra" cut-out shape or paper-ribbon trim, with the quote stickers here and there. It worked so well and DH was delighted with it (so was I!).
He suggested I should photograph his book and post it on my blog - so here you are! The photos are not great, as I took them in the evening; but I think they look quite okay. I'm rather proud of my little mini-book. Amy is so right - Simple is often the Best.