I picked up about 20 of my favorite images and printed them at a small size, about 2.5 inches square. I got out some of my most used rubber stamps, my photos, and some ink pads- I was ready to go! First, I needed the "book" part of this to be made. I like to work with what I have.
I took a piece of air mail washi tape and, leaving a bit of space in between them, stuck two flat cards to the strip. Then I folded that strip over the top of the cards. I continued this until I had 6 cards connected accordion style. The plain gray looked just that- plain. So I got out some of my vintage paper stash and covered each card, front and back, with different vintage papers.
This is what it looked like when I was done covering each card.
Now for the fun part- decorating! I figured out the way I wanted the photos arranged then using double stick tape, found a place for them.
For some photos, I wrote captions.
I had a lot of extra photos left over so I made an envelope out of one of my vintage ledger sheets and stuck the rest in there.
I love this picture of Otto as a baby! So sweet :) There I was, with my "completed" piece. But something was missing...what? When Tony got home that day, I showed him what I had worked on. He immediately said "It would be really cool if the envelope that this was in, opened up to a cat shape."
I thought that was a crazy good idea. But, how to? I'm so lucky my genius, engineer husband has the desire to help me- he came up with this design on his own. After a few tweaks, it was perfect! I am so impressed by him, he is good at anything he tries (and it may have just turned into a new product for paper pastries...)
When it was all done, I thought it was perfect. I stamped the address on the front and I was about to take it to the post office when I got a text from my brother in law. He had an idea, but didn't know if or how it could be used- Scratching Post Office. Do I have an amazing family or what? I quickly made a stamp that looks like a stamp cancellation mark and then it was complete! I am so excited to see what everyone else came up with. This was a very fun project.