Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Custom Journals

I just finished a custom journal. The client originally saw my work at a show, and appreciated it. When she contacted me for a custom journal she said she wanted "a lot more pages" so her friend, who it was a gift for, could "write in it for a lot longer". I loved this idea. I also loved the project. In some ways she was the ideal customer - she wanted me to have creative freedom over the cover collage, but gave me a few guidelines in terms of what her friend would like, what his interests were, and things like that. This is a perfect combination, on the one hand I am not restricted in the creation of the collage. On the other hand, I'm assured that the recipient will love their journal.
Not too long ago I created a very "non-traditional" custom guest book for someone's wedding. The bride wanted something sort of out of the ordinary for her guest book. As we exchanged emails she told me things about herself and her husband to be, like where they were from, and what their hobbies and interests were, and their lucky numbers, which allowed me to make something very personal and special just for them. It was so much fun for me to work on the project, and they loved it.
I just received another request. This time the customer found my Foody Jotter in my Etsy shop, but asked if I could make a book that was large enough to fit each recipe on one page. She intends to collect all of her favorite family recipes in the book. She loves the vintage and recycled nature of my work. Together we figured out what size will work best for her, and how many pages she thinks she needs. Now she has given me complete creative freedom in terms of cover collage, construction, and content. I am inspired by knowing how the journal will ultimately be used, knowing it will be loved and treasured by the recipient.

I love these kinds of projects. And I welcome all custom inquiries. I get creative freedom, and happy customers. It's win/win and that's perfect.

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