I could buy her some expensive alcohol, perfume or even a day spa (she was one of my bridesmaids, so price isn't an object here!) But I still wanted to give her something that was tangible - something she could hold, see and show to people.
I had been wrestling with this idea for a while and then one afternoon the crafty neighbour dropped in with this crafty magazine and there on the cover was a star card!
One look at that and I knew that's what I wanted to make for Narelle.
Here's what I did...
(Warning... this is a long and complicated post with lots of how to photos- if you are not crafty, this may not appeal...)
Frugal-ness: So far this has cost me about $12 in new papers so for a birthday present it is quite frugal.
Time cost: Up to this point, about 2 solid hours (there was a fair bit of unpicking at one point...)
Updated time cost - Probably somewhere in the vicinity of 10 hours all up. Its kinda fiddly, with a fair bit of cutting and pasting. I left it on the table for a week to get the bulk of it done and then managed to snatch a half hour here and there without having to get EVERYTHING back out again to finish it off.
Skill level: Advanced (or confident) Can be a bit tricky getting the book sewn together whether you sew it by hand or by machine.