So I forgot I was in charge of putting together a guest book for Grandpa's shindig tomorrow! Mom reminded me last night, so this is what I created. I blotted out his name for this post, but it was stamped with TAC's Mini-bet in Burnt Umber ink.
I had fun with this. I printed out an old-school photo of Gramps when he was a young man... pretty darn handsome, if I may say :) I glued it to the back of the bookplate and then applied Crystal Lacquer. I let it dry overnight and then applied another thick layer this morning. It looks really cool IRL... like a bauble.
I stamped everything, since my handwriting blows most of the time. I love all of the different fonts and how all of the edges are aged with distressing or sponging. I also stamped on each of the interior pages:
"CELEBRATE ... you're kind of a big deal!" How true is this?! This is a huge milestone... a 90th birthday! I can't even fathom all that he has seen or done. I love all of his stories and am constantly amazed. One of my favorite stories was about when my mom had a date:
Grandpa asked the kid before they went out if he had a watch & he had said that he did. They get home 10 minutes late and are just talking in the car (according to mom!). Grandpa leans over to Grandma and says "for two cents, I'll go run that kid off"... Grandma says "You wouldn't!" So he grabs a pair of pants & his shotgun, goes outside to the driver's side of the car and asks the young man "Do you know what time it is", "Yes Sir" says the young man... "then what the hell are you still doin' in my driveway?"
HAAA HAAA HAA Granpa is giggling the whole time he walks my mom into the house, and of course Grandma smiles "Oh Morris" like she always did when he was ornery. Needless to say, the boy was a little skiddish before their next date :) Hee hee
He is such an ornery thing! He comes off so loud & tough (a true badass), but I know what a softie he is ;)
In the back of the book I made a spot for a personal note to Grandpa from me... I'll just have to remind him that it is back there :)
Stamps: Playful-bet & Mini-bet, Date Disks, Thinking of You (Hostess Level C), Interact & Celebration Invitation (both retired)
Paper: Brown cardstock, misc. offwhite & cream cardstocks, patterned paper from stash (who knows where this came from!)
Ink: Landscape, Burnt Umber, & Cognac Palettes
Other: Bind-it-All & 1" rings, DCWV Neutrals chipboard stack, bookplate, BG ribbon, Pop Dots & Crystal Lacquer, misc. brass brads
What do you think?!