Thursday, September 11

Close To My Heart: My Crush Book

Over a year ago I had the opportunity to fully design a product for the company Close To My Heart called My Crush Book. It was a lot of work to do, like a lot, but I honestly loved every minute of it. They mailed a book to me quite awhile ago and I've been meaning to post it on my blog ever since. But, now the water main to our house has a hole so we have no running water (it will be fixed tomorrow) but I have the excuse to myself that I can't clean at all and now I get to catch up on a few things I keep putting off.

This may look like a regular journal, but inside is filled with all my awesomesaucely designed pages. 

But first a look at the glossy/matte effect on the cover. I love the feel of glossy and matte things printed together.

Below are pages I randomly selected to photograph and show. The book has 30 pages front and back, so 60 designs. They asked for an eclectic feel, to which I added a more modern twist to with some line drawings and other additions you'll see.

Eclectic means lots of texturizing, which there is a ton of in this book . . . which took ages. I think it turned out amazingly nice.

I LOOOOOOVE this giraffe.  Maybe I'll make an animal series for my babies' room to hang on the wall.

Some pages are more simple with out illustrations or text.

I love this hot air balloon too. It took ages to draw, a million lines to get exactly right.

My handwriting at its best. Seriously, this is the tidiest you'll ever see it. I love how this "hello" turned out.

In addition to the book, there were a bunch of cards, stickers, tiny envelopes, etc, that I designed. This one below is one of my favorite things. Get it? But it really is.

Um . . . something happened to the gradation of the hot air balloon when this printed. Bummer.

And lastly, a couple pages from the Close To My Heart catalog where it features the book:

I completely love how it turned out. I'm not even a scrap-booker, but I'm going to buy another one (I have to keep one untouched!) and thoroughly enjoy using it. 
If you take a look at their catalog, you'll fall in love with so many other things. There are several stamp sets I really want to purchase and I bet you will too!