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Monday, April 22, 2019

A to Z Challenge - 2019 - S is for Special Orders

We are starting the last week of the A to Z 10th Anniversary Challenge!  It has really gone by quickly this year I think, don't you?  During the challenge I've been showcasing the crafty things I do and I hope you've been enjoying them.  

In my Etsy shop I offer Special Orders for people who want a unique item.  I love connecting with people to make something special just for them.  I have done many personalized School Days Paper Bag albums and Baby's First Year albums, but here are a couple of the more interesting Special Orders I've had.  

I got a message from a fellow who wanted to know if I could make two of the CD case mini's for his wife.  He said it was their anniversary and he wanted one mini that had a beach theme and one that was music themed.  He said he was giving her tickets to see Bruno Mars (lucky girl!)  This is what I came up with.  

I immediately thought of the Beach Boys for the beach themed one so I printed the album cover from their greatest hits and used that for the cover of the CD case.   

Inside I made room for pictures and writing.

And put some fun papers to decorate it.

I used the song list for the back cover.    

I did the same thing with the Bruno Mars CD, using the front and back cover of his Doo-Wops and Hooligans album.

I used quotes and papers that would go with a music theme.  I have a lot of that for my concert albums.  

I loved the black and yellow colors together.  The guitar is something I made with my Slice machine, a tool that makes cut outs. 

There was a pocket inside that he could use to put the tickets in or a note about them. 

Here's the back cover.  I used some music washi tape because the bottom was kind of plain.  I think that this man's wife is very lucky to have him.  Not all husbands would do something like this!  

One of the most challenging special orders I got was from a friend of ours who was the officiate at a wedding.  He wanted to put the program from the ceremony in an album.  He wanted it to be simple and elegant.

The colors were red and black.  The white patches are where the program went.    

The challenging part is that I am used to using a lot of detail and embellishments so to just have "plain" pages was hard for me.  There were no pictures in it except for the cover page.  I really had to stop myself from adding more to the layout.     

I did use some punches to make borders.  He was pleased with the result and when he gave it to the couple, they were very touched.    

Another fun special order was from a friend of my son's who was getting married.  She had a box full of her old school drawings and a few pictures of her as a child that she wanted made into a scrapbook for her mother.  She was going to give it to her at the rehearsal dinner before the wedding.  Here is what I made for her.  

This was a picture of her whole family.  I colored in the background flowers.  

It was such fun looking at her kindergarten and grammar school drawings. 

It was slightly challenging because some of the pictures were longer than the album pages so I had to improvise.  

Of course I made sure it was okay before I altered any of the artwork.

I added some appropriate quotes and colored in this page too.  

She even had some of her old Christmas letters to Santa!  

I think it came out great and she told me her mother cried when she saw it.  That is the kind of response I'm looking for when I make my Special Orders.  

If you were paying attention, I might have dropped a hint about what the letter "T" will be.  Come back tomorrow to see if you are right!  

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter


  1. I imagine creating something for someone when you don’t really know how they will use it or what size their memorabilia will be is HARD. These are great! And I had to laugh about needing restraint for the simple and clean design. I’m one who thinks too much is still not enough!

    1. I do love layering on the embellishments and making the page come alive.

  2. How wonderful to do special orders Janet - it can be a stretch to create something in response to someone's specific requests. I really like the wedding program album - I think you managed elegant quite wonderfully.

    1. Thanks Deborah. He is a really good friend but also a very particular one so I was a little nervous doing it.

  3. It must definitely be a challenge doing special orders, especially if it doesn't quite work out but I'm sure you're up to the challenge.

    1. Thanks Wendy. I am careful to check with people before I actually start working. I'd hate to do something that wasn't acceptable!

  4. Personally I like your Beach Boys one.. totally creative! Thanks for sharing & see ya tomorrow hopefully! hugs

  5. Good to know you do special orders! I'll keep that in mind when I shop.

    1. Thanks Trudy! I have A LOT of stuff so I can usually find something that will work.

  6. What special treasures you have created for others, Janet. Everyone so unique and skillfully done. Very thoughtful. I imagine they will be family heirlooms for each person they were made for. Very SPECIAL indeed.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

    1. Thanks Sue. I get a lot of joy out of doing things like this.


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