White on white never fails! Like I mentioned on Monday, this year is turning out to be the year when I dig into my personal supply stash and work with the most precious materials. For this wedding photo album I used some vintage lace and antique hand-woven linen from my personal stash.
The linen fabric was passed down to me by my mother along with some other family heirloom fabrics, and I've been using it very sparingly. It has a gorgeous silky sheen I've never seen on any other fabric. I only have a long and narrow strip cut from the selvedge - maybe the leftovers from the making of some fabulous bed sheet - so I've been on the lookout for something similar from the day I first put my hands on this fabric. So far no luck, but it has to be out there! Until I find some more, this fabric continues to make extremely limited appearances in my work.
The cotton broderie anglaise is also one of the prettiest I've seen - so beautifully made and in perfect condition. It gives the front cover that final touch of something special. One the inside, that job is up to little specks of gold on the white endpapers. All pretty minimalistic, but still so very elegant.
January has treated us with some beautiful days, and finally it's possible to take photos as late as twenty to two in the afternoon! I wish I could bottle up the wintertime daylight for bleaker moments year round; it feels so precious and rare it should be able to fix any bad mood. Right now I'll have to settle with celebrating the small victories, like finally getting proper photos taken of this gold-spined album I made in the darkest days of 2017.
You can now find both albums in the Paperiaarre Etsy shop.
As promised, 2017 will also be a year for more tutorials: Next Thursday I'm sharing with you a beginner-level bookbinding tutorial perfect for some super special Valentine's Day gifts! See you in a week!