(Semi) Homemade Memory Book…Made with Love

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Celebrity Chef, author, and “First Girlfriend” of New York State Sandra Lee has made famous the term “semi-homemade.”  In books and on the food network she promotes recipes of partially pre made items, couple with homemade additions.  Hopefully this include quick, relatively easy dishes that have a home cooked feel for time impoverished cooks.

I borrowed the concept from Ms. Lee in making a gift wedding album for a recent couple.  Understanding that many couples prefer digital photographs to share memories of their special day, I wanted to create an old-style album with actual pages (meeting archival standards, of course), I started with a beautiful album from my favorite paper, craft, and gift store Lees Art Store.  On the cover, I added a truly beautiful swan-inspired card from another delightful paper store Il Papiro   the upper east side.

On each page, I added “ephemera” that I collected over the years….cut outs from vintage cards, bits of vintage jewelry, old coin and stamps, and more.  It is certainly not a “perfect” volume, but it is filled with affection and gratitude.  Hopefully it will provide a home for some favorite snapshots of their New York elopement.
Please enjoy photos of the hand-crafted pages below:


Whether your wedding is an impromptu affair or has been months, or even years, in the making, I want to help you fashion a ceremony that reflects your history, philosophy, creativity, personality, and style – as individuals and as a couple.

Let’s craft a wonderful, meaning-filled ceremony that expresses the most significant aspect of your lives…one that recognizes the profound commitment you are making, as well as the sheer joy of the occasion.