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Archive for February, 2009

silly family photos

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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Happy Friday…thought you’d enjoy these photos from books we’re working on right now. They make me smile.

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oh, summertime

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Look at this delicious photo that makes me long for summertime. The wonder woman t-shirt, the bright popsicle, that darling little girl hair….too cute.

It’s my favorite image from a book I’m finishing up right now – a travel journal of a family’s 8-week stay in Brooklyn this past fall. We’re making it like a moleskine…can’t wait to see it finished!

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Celeste at 2

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Here’s a cute one for you. Celeste’s 2nd year of life.

To honor the highlights and milestones of Celeste’s 2nd year of life, her mom wanted a book with photos, phrases, and memorabilia from her big Year 2. Here is what we put together.

We even used some original Celeste artwork for the endsheets!

All of the photos are simple snapshots taken by the mom throughout the year. I love the look on Celeste’s face in this one.

And the cutest part, as always, are Celeste’s favorite phrases we used in the book. Like this declaration of best friendship. Lucky Max!

And when she’s hungry and her stomach growls…

Or when she’s dancing…

Or doing other things…

And then, like always, time marches on and she is one year older.

And then she was 3.

Find more photos on our flickr photostream.

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a moment captured

Thursday, February 19th, 2009


University Street Fair, Seattle, May 1974

We just scanned this image for a book I’m working on about the pregnant woman you see pictured with her husband and daughter. I totally love this image. It is such a real moment – makes me want to have a photographer follow me and my family around to capture the real moments!

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good stock on facebook!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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If you are on facebook you can now find Good Stock Press + Bindery and become a fan!

We’ll be adding some more books pics there and you can write on our wall and say hello.

Why? Because facebook is fun.

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50 years, 50 memories

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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I think you’ll like this book idea. I hear from lots of people who are looking for a meaningful anniversary book idea for their parents – and usually they only have a few months to pull it together.

That’s exactly what this next book was about.

First let me offer my tips for a situation like this. I think the most important thing is to pick a strong book concept that is easy for family members to contribute to. By nature these are group projects, so if you don’t have a clear concept it becomes more complicated than necessary. Second, if you have a really big family, assign just one or two people to take the lead.

The concept we chose for Don and Anita’s 50th anniversary book was 50 years, 50 memories. The kids came up with 50 memories of their parents, and we coupled that with a brief description and a few photos per memory.

Here is the book cover:

I love the endsheet design we came up with. These were name cards from Don and Anita’s high school yearbooks, and we scanned them with the tape marks and everything.

The book dedication – I think short and sweet is always best.

And here are a few examples of the memory pages – we decided to use a consistent layout throughout. I especially love the story in the first memory about how Don’s mom told him “the best man wins.”

And a short and sweet closing, of course!

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book #5 – and a bonus #6! – wedding book week

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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This week is Wedding Book Week at Good Stock – I’m showcasing a wedding book a day. Enjoy!
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Today you get 2 books to close out wedding week. They are both very different but equally beautiful.

#5 – Megan & Jason
Talk about Fun. Spunky. Adorable. This couple is all of the above. Check out this book.

We used a board book style, so the pages are thicker.

Look at these fun initials for the endsheets!

Megan and I debated the best way to handle this proposal page and finally decided speech bubbles were it. I love this page…and this proposal moment!

You go girl. Look at her get down!

Find more pictures of the M&J book here.

#6 – Tom & Aimee
And now from the totally fun to the totally elegant. Here is Tom and Aimee’s wedding book, by the very talented Boulder photographer James Christianson.

For the binding we used a brown leather with brown stamping, and hand-deckled the edges for a more vintage/rustic feel.

You’ll notice all of the images are sepia tone, with a very simplistic layout. I think this gives the book a beautiful feel.

Find more photos of Tom & Aimee’s book here.

And there you go! I hope you’ve loved wedding book week. It’s been so fun sharing these projects, and I will continue to share more wedding books as we make them. Get in touch if you’re ready to start your wedding book.

In the meantime, in the spirit of love and marriage, I’ll post a beautiful 50th anniversary book on Monday afternoon! I hope you check back then. Happy Valentines Day everyone!

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book #4, wedding book week

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

This week is Wedding Book Week at Good Stock – I’m showcasing a wedding book a day. Enjoy!

Today’s book will inspire those with wedding photos lingering in a dusty box somewhere!

After 9 years of marriage and 2 kids, Kindra decided it was finally time to make her wedding book. So it seems fitting to start today’s post with a before/after.

BEFORE – what Kindra sent me

AFTER – what I sent Kindra…today!

An improvement, yes? Let me show you more…

Kindra wanted the book to be nice but not fancy, a reflection of a beautiful and fun affair. She sent me a copy of the wedding invitation which was simple and elegant. I mimicked the invitation design treatment for this first spread of the book, which is the only page with text on it.

Here are a few shots from the book, starting with the pre-ceremony party on the lawn.

I love this shot of Kindra and Glenn clasping hands.

And this final shot of Kindra rockin’ it with the band!

You can see more photos on Flickr!

Let me know if you’ve got a stack of wedding negatives, photos, or a CD of images lying around. I’d love to turn them into your wedding book!

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book #3, wedding book week

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

OK, today you get a totally different style of wedding book.

Think hip/edgy/Brooklyn. That’s the design direction I received for J+J’s wedding book. I think you’ll agree it has a great modern feel to it.

The best part about this book (you are all about to be very jealous) is that it was a SURPRISE GIFT from the brother-in-law (who took all the photos himself!) to the bride and groom. Can you imagine? A meaningful, personal wedding book they didn’t have to lift a finger to put together. I would be blown away. And from what I have learned, this adored couple deserves to be blown away. The things people wrote about them were incredible….but I’m getting ahead of myself.

For the cover I used a type of black paper that has a protective coating and stamps beautifully. We did black on black and I love it.

For the endsheets I used a photo from the ceremony – the moment right after their vows as they hugged each other. The wedding took place in a restaurant with a beautiful mural that had great red color, so I used red throughout the book.

The book begins with images from the rehearsal dinner.

I love this shot of Central Park – the view from the hotel room the morning of the wedding.

Here is an example of the “red pages” where we used the personal notes people wrote at the wedding about the couple. People wrote the most heartfelt, sincere, amazing things. And we included each comment on these striking red pages interspersed throughout the book.

And finally, some shots from the ceremony and reception.

A truly beautiful celebration.

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book #2, wedding book week

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Today you get a dose of the vintage and romantic with Diana and Joe’s wedding book.

Diana and Joe’s wedding colors were gold and rose, so we played on those colors for their book.

The day Diana called me I was obsessing over trying to use stitching for a book cover, so when she said she had something vintage in mind I said please please, let’s try stitching! I’m so glad she was game. I love the way the embroidery looks with the gold stamping.

And here are the darling Diana and Joe. This is the opening spread of the book, with their adorable ‘how we met story’ that begins, “Like all other classic love stories and fairy tales, this story begins with a boy who fell in love with a girl.” Indeed.

More from their sweet story, “By February 2, 2007, three years from the day that Joe and Diana had blushed over spicy Thai food together, Joe was ready to make things official and propose.”

And here is the last shot of the book, with Joe holding Diana’s dress as they walk off amidst the flourishes….

To quote the end of their story, “Here is to a happily ever after!”

Thank you Diana + Joe, for entrusting your sweet story to me! You can see more photos of their book on our Flickr page.

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