Thursday, June 22, 2017

Being Commissioned - a Retirement Celebration Album

I'd mentioned that I was commissioned to create a scrapbook for a gentleman retiring after 30 years of service to one company.  The company changed owners and leaders many times and so this book was intended to be a testament to his longevity.  My mandate was to include all the photos provided and to provide room where co-workers could sign the book and express gratitude.

I decided on a two ring binder style scrapbook.  This allowed me to provide the book and the co-workers to sign the book without the bother of page protectors, etc.  I did end up providing him the page protectors because they came with the scrapbook, but hold punched each page.  It wasn't too obvious and I think makes the book a little easier to use.

Lots of open spaces for sentiments and notes to the recipient.  I ultimately used the Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey paper pack.  The paper has been in the stash for a while and it was the perfect sentiment and style for a dude's book.

I did try to add some embellishments here and there to make the book special.  I've heard that it was a smashing success.

This was a lot of fun and I'll be honest to say that I wish that there was a lucrative way to be commissioned for a work like this.  The truth is there is no way to be compensated for your time.  I made 30 pages and these were very simple pages.  I could have spent a great deal more time in making the book.  As it was, I spent many nights after work pouring my energy (and stress!) into this project.  It did the trick - keeping my stress level down and my satisfaction high.  I really enjoyed doing it and hope it will be cherished for years to come.

I'm entering one of these pages into SSS Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Use Patterned Paper. Come join the fun!


  1. Wonderful album Andie! The colours and layouts are just perfect for a man.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  2. WOW - this is truly amazing! What a fabulous gift. TFS


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