Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Gabi's Bat Mitzvah Album

I'm sorry that I haven't posted here for a few days. We're really excited to have booked a summer holiday to Italy you see and I have spent hours and hours trawling the net looking for accommodation. There was no time for blogging! We now have somewhere to rest our weary heads when we are in Rome, Tuscany and Venice in August, so if any of my Italian readers want to share tidbits about what we should be doing whilst we are there, I'd love to hear from you!
Anyway, back to the crafting. Last month a friend e-mailed me to tell me that she was going to London at the end of February for a friend's daughters Bat Mitzvah. She thought that she might commission an album for the Bat Mitzvah girl and a customized card too. A regular purchaser of my cards, she knew to attach a recent picture of the Bat Mitzvah girl and sent me all the information I needed about her as well!
Gabi, the Bat Mitzvah girls current favourite colours are purple and turquoise. A link to her Bat Mitzvah invitation showed me exactly which shade of purple to use. Her favourite musicians are Taio Cruz, Train, Rihanna and others. Gabi loves reading, has a skateboard, bike and likes arts and crafts. Further investigation by my friend, who was ordering this album as a surprise, revealed that she loves peace signs and that her Mum had recently put one on a converse sneaker cake she made for her birthday. Finally I learnt that the family has a ginger cat called Tobi who has been with them for a long time. There was plenty to work with!
I managed to incorporate both favoured colours on the cover by dressing Gabi is turquoise and making the background box purple. I have shown her cuddling Tobi the cat and a few arts and crafts materials, books and the favoured peace sign surround her. Inside the album, above, I allowed a page for each of her favourite activities. The musicians got their own page - admittedly after I'd looked a few of them up on Google - as did her love of reading, arts and crafts once again, her skateboard and that peace sign.
My friend surprised Gabi with the album and her own special card too, and was kind enough to send me an e-mail from England to tell me just how well they had been received. "The card and album are major hits!!!" she wrote. "They love them and Gabi is over the moon with the album. She wanted her Dad to take a picture of it straight away so she could post it to facebook. Words like amazing and awesome were to be heard. Thanks as always. Your work sure makes a lot of people happy. The givers and receivers!".
It doesn't get better than that, does it?


Ann said...

I love your attention to detail! Will look forward to your posts about Italy. I would so love to visit there someday.

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Interesting. I like ur clean n simple style.


Robin said...

How fun, we love Italy. I have a few guidebooks for Tuscany if you want to borrow them.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love what you have made for Gabi!

It sounds like you have an amazing trip coming up! I would love to spend some time in Italy. Years ago my friend and I went on a cruise that brought us to Rome, Florence and Naples which was wonderful but we certainly did not have the time to really explore much. I hope you will post pictures when you come home from your trip. :)

ejorpin said...

This is amazing work! I have to agree, your attention to detail is really impressive - you've created such a special piece which I'm sure will be treasured!

Meeling said...

Great card and lucky you...Italy! I was there a little less than 2 years ago and loved it!! I would go back in a heartbeat. Florence was my personal favorite but it was all wonderful for different reasons in each city.

You'll have a marvelous time!!

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