For our third.

Did you know that a traditional third wedding anniversary gift is leather?
Isn’t that interesting?
I kept thinking of typical male, leather goods.
And I kept coming up with the very boring and somehow, not exactly ideal: belt, gloves, wallet, shoes.
Did I really want to give my lovey a belt for our third? Um, no.

So here is what I did.
I took an (already leather!) journal and made a cover for it.
Handsewn leather baby!
I really enjoyed making it personal, celebrating us.
I made the card too.
Which continued to be surprisingly pleasing.
Who knew that cutting paper and gluing it down would be so fun?
I’m a second-grader all over again!

Ze card:

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I made the envelope too.
But you know, how excited is an envelope?
In my case, not very.
Picture it though.


And the journal.

Before!
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Cover!
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On!
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I used individual letter stamps for the words.
It took a long while, but it was very relaxing and enjoyable.
I think I had around 30 words interspersed throughout the pages.
I like miscellany.
The font is antique typewriter, which I also adore.

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Multi-shot!
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materials used:

leather
heavy duty coated thread
all-purpose craft glue
archival ink stamp pad
alphabet stamps
scrap papers, recycled
gold tag paper
purchased graph journal

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