Karla & Patrick

There’s something really special about not only attending the wedding of two good friends — but making the guestbook for it. This is a project I’ve had on the docket for nearly two years, when Karla and Patrick first got engaged. She emailed me right away, said they’d be having a very DIY kind of wedding and that they wanted me to make the book. I was honored to be part of their special day in this way.

Photo by James Taylor

Photo by James Taylor

I’ve known Karla since my senior year of college. We met through mutual friends and have kept in touch since graduation. Back in 2010, I went on vacation with her, Patrick and some members of the gang to Lake Gaston in North Carolina. That was the first time I’d met Patrick, but I knew he was the real deal for Karla. I watched how they just fit together — from the conversations they had to the way they treated the rest of our group. There is something very community oriented about the two of them. They just have this way of bringing people from all walks of life together — not always an easy feat.

Photo by James Taylor

Photo by James Taylor

Karla and Patrick decided to get married in Asheville, North Carolina — a place they hold dear. The landscape was absolutely breathtaking. Mountains stretched across the skies, and, even when it rained, it was even more beautiful. Given the heavy influence on nature, I wanted to create a wedding guestbook that would fit in well. Karla told me they’d be using birds as a theme, so I scouted out papers that would match. In the end, the book ended up coming together quite nicely.

5-25-14: Handmade wedding guestbook for Karla & Patrick.

5-25-14: Handmade wedding guestbook for Karla & Patrick.

This is the first time I’d ever worked on a screw-post binding. It was tricky — finding the right sized screws and getting the book to lay flat (it didn’t completely, but I think that’s okay). But the paper was gorgeous. I bought some book cloth to match and, while I was slightly disappointed in the quality, it suited the book well.

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My favorite part of making this book was using natural paper. I bought these pages at an art store in Philadelphia. They are quite thick, so only about 20 pages was necessary for this book. But they gave this book the natural feel I wanted.

5-25-14: Inside view of the guestbook.

5-25-14: Inside view of the guestbook.

For a little extra flair, I decided to stamp the pages with a stamper I bought at Papersource. I tried to match the color with the book cloth, and I really loved the way it looked — especially on the wedding day.

Photo by James Taylor

Photo by James Taylor

I definitely learned a few lessons with this book, especially in terms of climate. It was a little humid and rainy the day of the wedding, and the ribbon I affixed to the book came a little loose. Always use glue! That’s what I learned … I’d used glue dots for the ribbon – as to not alter the cloth – but they weren’t enough, I suppose. Still, the book looked nice on the bright yellow table.

Photo by James Taylor

Photo by James Taylor

What a true honor to be able to make something so valuable for good friends. I got a note from Karla in the mail indicating her happiness with the book, and that touched my heart. I’m so happy this book will cherish the memories of their special day for years to come.

Congratulations, Karla and Patrick!

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