Over the years I've created many bespoke commissions to suit a client's or customer's needs. Whether it's a special notebook for someone who is about to take a trip, a birthday memory book, a guestbook for a property, or something completely different please get in touch if you think The Vintage Binding Co can help.
Lost Garden's of Heligan Wedding Guestbook
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a the world-renowned restored gardens in Cornwall, UK. They got in contact to commission an extra special guestbook - something very personal to the gardens and a truly unique piece. I’ve bound together; original pages from Reader’s Digest Encyclopaedia of Plants & Flowers, plain paper which has been hand stamped, vintage maps of cornwall, and pages from Tim Smitt’s book about Heligan. You can see more images here on my blog post. Here are some lovely comments I had on the book:
“It looks beautiful! What a gorgeous idea and what a talented artist. Me and Mr Chesterfield will be honoured to sign as the first bride & groom at Heligan. Let me know when- I'd better get practising my new signature!” First couple to be married at Heligan - Tim Smitt's daughter!
“Utterly amazing Florence! You are so talented and have been a total joy to work with!" Nikki, Wedding Manager at Heligan
'Rebecca' Daphne Du Maurier Commission for Kneehigh Theatre Company
In January 2015 I created 35 unique notebooks from vintage copies of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca novel. This was commission by the marketing company in charge on the theatre company to give as unique gift for the cast and directors on their first night - with all books being embossed with their individual initials. It was more than slightly hectic sourcing, making and shipping these in less than two months but I love the feedback I received and the fact the company got such individual presents.
'Blue Barn' Bespoke Holiday Cottage Guestbook
Sian, who rents out a beautiful converted barn holiday cottage in Wales, wanted something unique for people to write their comments in. I created this guestbook from scratch, using an illustration she had commissioned.
I was emailed about this unique commission as the director of a company had come across the notebooks I make, and wanted something similiar for a talk that they would be doing on the phycology of finance, in an old library in Edinburgh. After talking through whether it was best to up cycle an original book or make them from scratch we decided to keep in line with the location and original inspiration so I sourced 3 books from eBay that were appropriate.
The end results is similar to my notebooks in style, but are much larger than I would usually make them, and have been embossed on the covers with the title of the talks and the company name. Inside there were a few pages that had ‘key words’ printed and when the time comes in the speech the client will open to that page and show his audience. It was something so totally different and presented a few new challenges to me when making it but I’m really happy with the outcome.
It’s something that can be used, looked at for years to come and a great 3D way of holding the audience's attention. Also the books don't look at all out of place at the library where they’ll live!
Wendy's Unique Wedding Day Bridal Gift
Wendy's thoughtful bridesmaid, Laura, contacted me to create this unique book which although started life as a usual notebook, with plain pages interspersed between the original pages, Laura added photos from their time together and also personal messages and memories from friends. I actually photographed this wedding too so I was there to see the real tears that came as she was given it!