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The Lifestyle blog of Katie Storms.: something simple, something sweet, something styled.

24 August 2011

{something leather and glass} year three anniversary

JV's final anniversary gift arrived today. My gift, from him, is still in process. But the mail today reminded me that I owe you two more years of gift ideas.

The moment I dreamt up my idea for year three, I knew I was on to something special. Leather and glass are difficult to be creative with sometimes, especially leather. And it's expensive. But as I thought and thought about it, and searched and searched leather products online, I found an awesome leather bound journal {similar to this one // I can't find the company I used //}. The look is timeless. And I could have it embossed with any line, word, or quote I desired.

That's when the real creativity danced in my mind: our first dance wedding song was David Gray's "This Year's Love." It's so perfect. Every year becomes this year's love.

I decided to create a two page spread for every year of marriage up through year three, including a vellum envelope with memories on one side and a photo on the other side. Then I added a few blank envelopes for future years {there are enough spreads for 60 years}. Each vellum envelop contains memories from that year of love. And each facing page has a favorite photo from that year {the hardest part: choosing just one}.

It was really fun coming up with memories together to add for year four. And though we are a bit behind for year five {we'll fill it in when we exchange this year's loving gifts}, I have to say it's such a sweet keepsake.

JV surprised me with this paper cut he found on etsy, the frame is the glass. I find the design, by tinatarnoff, to be very sweet and romantic. It's currently part of our bedroom makeover.



  1. This is really cute. What a great idea.

    And I love that owl jar...

  2. I love your gift ideas. Personal, handmade gifts are the best kind of gifts! Also, you've reminded me that I need to come up with a great one year anniversary gift very soon- thank you! : )

  3. steffy! Thanks. That owl jar is vintage avon...one of my favorite things to collect. I discovered a mini avon thermous today, thrifting.

    Jamie! I can't want to see what you come up with:)


  4. I love this! Such a great idea!