Friday, May 15, 2009

Personalized Wedding DVD Book

We love to keep everything that reminds us of our wedding day. That includes our wedding video and cds that contain the reception music and other raw files used in planning the wedding. However, we don't just want to keep them in some ordinary cd case. We want to keep them in style.

Before we tell you how, let's state all the materials used. Maybe you have them at home right now and you may want to create something like it as you read along.

a. old board book large enough for a cd to fit in
b. ruler - we prefer steel ruler
c. sand paper
d.pencil or pen
e. cutter
f. cutting mat
g. white or colored paper
h. acrylic paints
i. paint brush
j. photos
k. old magazines
l. scissors
m. fixative spray (It's okay if you don't have this but it's better if you do since it adds protection
to the book and gives that shiny effect.)
n. cds
o. Rubber stamps, stickers, anything you can use to express your creativity

Step 1: Lightly sand the book pages from front to back. You don't have to sand off the entire surface of each page.

Step 2: After sanding, divide all pages (except front cover or first page) by two's. You may put a bookmark per division. In our case, what was originally 8 pages is now 4 including the back cover or last page. Take note, each page is actually two pages which we will call A and B. You may mark them so you don't get confused.

Step 3: At this point, you should have already planned out how many cds you want the book to have, what photos you'd like to put in every page and simply how you want the book to be.

Step 4: Trace the cd on the A of the page where you want it. We have 4 cds so we traced them on all A's of 4 pages. After that, we traced a square around the circle.

Step 5: Cut the square CAREFULLY and neatly using a sharp cutter. Actually, you can keep the circle if you prefer but it's easier to cut a square. Also, make sure you don't cut through B so it will be wise to put a cutting mat under A.

Step 6: Set your artistic self free. Glue the photos and paint the pages according to what your heart desires. Cut some words or phrases from old magazines and paste them on the pages. Don't paint the B pages anymore and make sure that the paint is dry before you go to the next page.

Step 7: Once you have painted all the pages, place a white paper or colored paper on every B page. Then glue A and B together, making them officially one page.

Step 8: Spray fixative on every page. Dry.

Step 9: After drying, put the cd. You may want to put a band across to keep the cd from falling- just like what we did. But of course, you can improvise.

Step 10: Be proud of your work and display it with your wedding album for guests to see.

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