After a week of looking at the bag, ideas began to come and go. I finally settled on a somewhat practical and artful way to make the cards a keepsake for them. Employing some scrapbook skills and art quilt techniques I began my project. Below are the pictures of the finished piece which I am happy to say will be mailed out today and hopefully arrive for Valentine's Day in California.
I purchased a Creative Memories 12 X 12 album because my book binding skills are relatively non-existent. I made this cover for it using the usual journal cover method of wrapping a blank book.
This section uses off white tone on tone fabric, pink haboti silk that was free motion quilted and over painted, hand painted paper cut into tags and edged with a gold leafing pen, mother of pearl charms, floss and hand dyed silk ribbon.
Here I used the same tone on tone fabric and seed stitched it. The heart is haboti silk that I added gold beads to and buttonhole stitched down.
From my stash I added everything from paint, lace, trims, buttons, beads and ribbon to the small sections. I used free motion embroidery and hand stitching and attached little gold charms as details.
Inside the book, I cut up all the cards and kept the most interesting parts and of course the sentiments and text from all of the friends and family who gave the cards. I adhered them all to pages that I hand painted using techniques that I learned from Pam Carriker's video from Cloth Paper Scissors about art journaling. They added a cohesive touch to the project and I used scraps of the paper to make the tags on the front cover.
It's essentially a scrapbook of their wedding cards but, I like to think it is more interesting to look at because of the efforts that I made. Hopefully they will feel the same way and keep this among their mementos from the wedding day.