Thursday, 8 February 2018

Gabriel's Album

Gabriel's Mum spotted my customised albums in my Etsy shop and asked me to make one for her son's Bar Mitzvah celebration. His Bar Mitzvah was at the beginning of this month and the album was going to be used for guests at the party to sign in and leave Gabriel a message. Mum sent me all the information I needed to create the book. Gabriel's favourite colours are blue, green and red, she wrote. He loves baseball - his favourite team being the New York Yankees. He also enjoys video games, computers, music and books. He likes to eat doughnuts and also hamburgers piled high with pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard. Gabriel has brown hair and hazel eyes and wears black rim glasses. I had plenty to work with!
I have shown Gabriel on the cover of his Bar Mitzvah album with a baseball bat swung over his shoulder. He has an iced doughnut in his other hand (chocolate glaze - his favourite!). To his right are some music notes and a small pile of books, and to his left the Yankees logo, his laptop computer and a burger. I made the background bright green and his shirt blue, to match the colour scheme of his party, and added some small details in red to include that colour too. Mum asked for vibrant colours!
As well as designing the cover of Gabriel's album, I also decorated several pages inside it. The first page had a baseball theme and showed a bat, a baseball glove and ball, and the interlocking "NY" Yankees badge once again. (Interesting fact - the famous interlocking "NY" logo predates the Yankees. It first was designed by Tiffany and Co. as part of a Medal of Valor for John McDowell, an NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty in 1877.) Next I illustrated Gabriel's laptop computer with the title of one of his favourite games, Minecraft, showing on the screen. This was followed by a page displaying a small pile of books and a shelf behind filled with books too. Another page showed a plate holding two tiny doughnuts covered in sprinkles (or hundreds and thousands as I call them) and also a burger overflowing with all of Gabriel's favourite toppings. Finally on the last page I added some colourful music notes to illustrate his love of music. Each page also features a gold Star of David
Mum was kind enough to let me know when the album had arrived in New York. "Gabriel just got home from school and the package was at our door. We were so excited to open. We love it! It looks amazing... thank you so much!!" she wrote.


Tamar SB said...

Love it! Even if he is a Yankees fan (:

Debbie Roberts - Debs Random Writings said...

Hi Lisa, the detail you manage to fit into your creations really is amazing. And what a very special keepsake Gabriel will have of his Bar Mitzvah.


Miss Val's Creations said...

Very fun! I did not know that about the Yankees logo and have lived here forever. The baseball team where I am is their long time rival. :)

likeschocolate said...

I didn't know that about the Yankee symbol. The hamburger is my favorite! What a beautiful album!

Jayne SMABL said...

Love the items in your Etsy shop! What a lovely personalised keepsake for Gabriel.

Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. I hope to see you Monday :)

NC Sue said...

You are so fortunate to live in a place where treasures such as this church and mosaic are uncovered!
Thanks for linking up at

Jann Olson said...

So unique! I love that hamburger! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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