Sunday, December 19, 2010

Retirement Guest Book and Card

Hello, over the past few weeks I have been busy adding the final touches to a retirement luncheon that Dawn and I have been organising for our founding Optom at work. I thought it would be a nice keepsake for Geoff, to have a guest book for everyone attending to write in. This is take two as the first covers I did I wasn't happy with. The book was purchased from my local scrapbook shop, which started as plain black covers with the white pages inside. I decided to use the oak tree stamp out of the Lovely as a Tree Stamp set, to kind of represent the tree of life. I used crumb cake, very vanilla and early espresso card stock and stamped in the two browns with soft suede as well. The front and back covers were stamped all over with the oak leaf stamp, I then mounted the tree and placed in the bottom right corner. Next to this I stamped a Confucius quote from a retired SU set. On the inside covers I printed a lovely message, a retirement quote and company history all typed up on the computer. To each of these covers I stamped the row of trees from the set and added the acorn in the corners. This acorn was also added to the corner of every page. Each cover was sponged around the whole edge before being attached to the book.
To finish the front cover I ran some ribbon from my stash that matched just nicely and made some little tags to hang of it.
Front cover

Inside of front cover

Inside of back cover

Back Cover

I am glad I decided to start over as this book turned out more in Geoff's taste than the first would have. I hope he will treasure not just the book but all the beautiful comments that his colleagues and staff wrote about him.

This is the personal card I also made for him using the same oak leaf stamped that I coloured with my blender pens this time using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Soft Suede. The card stock is Cajan Craze and Early Espresso with the stripe being a Basic Grey out of my stash.

See you next time, have a great Christmas and time with your families.
Cheers Danielle.