The Occasion: We made it all the way to our First Anniversary! A whole year! It was actually pretty darn easy. So far! Knock on wood…or paper?
The Challenge: To make each other something (meaningful-ish) utilizing paper.
The Budget: In lieu of pricey gifts (good lord…we are still recovering from our Wedding/Honeymoon, people!), I proposed a creative arts-and-crafts gift exchange, which had to involve the traditional 1st year anniversary gift: paper.
May the Most Creative Spouse Win!
It started as a scrapbook from our Honeymoon, but soon began to feel extremely un-creative. I remembered that I had saved all the bottle caps from our Honeymoon in Champagne, so I decided to incorporate them into my project. I found some wine barrel staves and employed my Dad and our contractor friend Dave for some help (I’ve never wood-worked, people!). We glued the staves together, drew the shape of a wine bottle, and then Dave used his fancy saw to cut the edges and sand them. While originally intended to look like a Champagne bottle, it turned out looking a bit more like a Bordeaux, but hey! I still like it! Then my dad and I made circular holes for the Champagne caps with a drill press and a 1.25″ bit. And no one lost a finger!
Okay, okay, so I realize this isn’t paper. BUT…paper IS made FROM wood… (So it counts. Right?)
Feeling like I had veered a little too far off the paper-course, I then had the idea to frame our original vows (paper!), so they would never be lost (blood, sweat, tear stains and all). So I took them (along with a photo of our impromptu after-vow-handshake) to Michaels. Never having framed anything, I had no idea how pricey framing can be.
Whoops. Non-existent budget=blown. Sorry honey!
The Husband decided to actually utilize paper (overachiever). He decided to create a 3-D map of our first “home” together in Sausalito.
Guest Blogger (My Husband):
I found a topographic map of the area I wanted to represent online. The elevation actually goes from sea level to over 1,100 feet in the small area I picked so I figured I would make 11 layers of elevation changes. I printed the map in the size I needed (8×8 inches) and traced each 100-foot elevation line onto its own piece of tracing paper. I went to Michaels, found some thick paper board, cut it down into twelve 10×10 inch squares, and taped a piece of tracing paper to each. Then it was just a matter of using an X-acto knife to cut into the paper board by following the tracing paper. A few more passes to cut all the way through and clean up the edges before I could stack them in a deep frame. Cutting through dense paper board was definitely the worst part and I could really use a hand massage, but I’m super happy with how it all came out.
a.) My husband knows about MICHAELS? Who is this man?
b.) Ahhhh! We almost had a crafting run-in at Michaels! Holy CRAPFT!
c.) He also wanted to know why Michaels doesn’t use an apostrophe in their name. (We both do, actually.)
The Anniversary Challenge Winner? The Husband (duh! for actually using paper, for being the most artistic, and for sticking to the non-existent budget).
The Prize? A hand massage! And another year of marriage. (To moi!)
Next year? Cotton…My brain’s already percolating.