I wanted to have something sentimental for our day, for our rings. A keepsake for us to treasure, something to hold onto and flip through at any moment. Inspired by an image from a wedding blog I do not remember and an image I can no longer find (trust me on this, I have spent hours searching), I made a book for our rings.
At one of my favorite local antique stores I found a hardcover book called (yes, really) The Understanding Heart. It was originally published in 1926 and cost me $1.95. Green, too!
I carefully removed the book cover from the spine and pages with an x-acto knife and then punched three holes through both the front and back covers with a Making Memories hammer punch: two holes to secure the new "spine" and one to tie it closed and hold our wedding bands.
I tied the book together with strips of yellow scrap fabric that I have had for almost 10 years. I wonder if my heart knew it's ultimate purpose way back then?
Closeups of the digital pages:
Our bands were held perfectly by the bow (until they were given to Joe just before the ceremony began). I love the cross on his... le sigh.
The above book photo by Megan Bertsch of M.Linn Studios.