DIY: 100 Reasons I Love You Book
Sometimes it can be tricky to come up with something original to give as a gift to your other half, especially if you want it to be meaningful. I love you (100 reasons) is a book I created for Adam detailing 100 of the reasons why I love him... gross, I know. Some of them were sweet and lots of them were silly but it's definitely one of my favourite gifts I've ever given someone. It felt really special spending so much time creating something unique and personal from complete scratch. It was also lovely to take a few months compiling the list on my phone, remembering little things when we were hanging out together and writing them all up with one reason featuring per page.
Most of the pages stuck to the same layout with a couple of variations throughout as I wanted the messages to be the stand out part. There's only one page with any photos on it and that's only because it's about selfies! I also found it to be a really great experience as it's easy when you're in a relationship to start taking some of the little things for granted. Writing all the wonderful things about Adam down just shows me how lucky I am to have him. In fact I probably could have written more pages if I'd needed to!
To create the book I used a company called Blurb who are amazing for one off projects like this one. What I really love about Blurb is you can use it for so many different projects. It can be for a one-off special something like this or you can create multiples and even sell them if you like! Adam and I have this grand plan to create a photo book for each of our holidays but it's just something we haven't gotten round to yet... one day though!
As a graphic designer, I created my book layout from scratch and just uploaded it, but they also have a great selections of templates to choose from which you can customise quickly and easily.
I hope this can inspire you to create something similar for your loved ones, the idea can be interpreted so many different ways. Maybe try a '100 selfies' or 'My favourite memories of us'... the list is endless. I hope to create even more books like this in the future and will be sure to upload if I do. In the meantime, if you have created anything like this, I'd love to see!