Monday, August 15, 2011

Joanna and Julian

This has been one fantastic weekend and I'm so eager to share it with you, because it contained so much happy stuff!

First, we got to make lots of chocolate cupcakes for Joanna and Julian's wedding day. Now, who doesn't like the smell of chocolate wafting out of the oven?

Second, we got to decorate these cupcakes with books! You know how much I love books right? You might also want to check out Joanna and Julian's engagement photos. You can see how much the both of them love reading too! I actually met Joanna through publishing, she also works at a children's book publisher and is a published author. If you like fairy tales, please check out her book, Fractured: Happily Never After?

For their wedding, we made a bunch of books that were monogrammed with the letter "J." This worked out beautifully since both their names started with that letter. Here's how you can make your own fondant books:

Fondant Books

Rolled fondant
Gel paste colours
Clean toothpicks
Water
A rolling pin
A knife

Step 1: Roll fondant on your practice mat or clean work surface. Either use a small rectangle cutter or your clean knife to cut a piece of "pages."
Step 2: If you don't have coloured fondant, dip a clean toothpick into your gel paste and knead it into the fondant. Roll out the coloured fondant and lay the "pages" on top. Use your knife to trim around the three sides.
Step 3: Peel off the excess fondant.
Step 4: Gently fold the book's cover over. If your fondant isn't sticking, dab a tiny bit of water in between the cover and pages.
Step 5: Trim off the excess fondant. Make sure the cover and pages align (if that's the look you're going for).
Step 6: Have fun decorating the book! Create an indent close to the spine for that cinched look. If you have tiny alphabet stamps, emboss your cover with them. Keep them away from the sun and store them in a dry, clean area. Allow them to harden a bit to stay book stiff.

The best part is that you can customize the orientation, colour, spine, cover, and size of these books! You know I love blue and brown:

Some over-sized gift books, I even attempted a die-cut cover:

Here are some landscape books:

Can you guess the letter these cupcakes form from a bird's eye view?

Yes, the letter J!
You probably guessed by now, Joanna and Julian had a book themed wedding. Instead of table numbers, each table represented a favourite book of theirs, and the boutonnieres and bouquet were made from paper (beautiful origami work). I'll share those photos once the photographer sends them to Jo and we get permission to post them here!

11 comments:

  1. oh how beautifull this idea.And looks great too;)

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  2. I am sure your cupcakes were a hit at the wedding. Such nice attention to detail-amazing. Thanks for posting this tutorial.

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  3. amazing work, the books are great.

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  4. Thank you Dzoli, Tina, and La guinda! =)

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  5. che meravigliaaaaaaaaaaa!!! complimenti, sei bravissima! sembrano libri veri!

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  6. Oh, this is such a great idea! I think I will make this for my friend's birthday party - it's a book theme so it fits in perfectly. A question though: where did you get those mini stamps from? I can't seem to find them anywhere...

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  7. Leeny, thank you! We found the mini stamps at Michael's Arts & Craft store. There are lots of mini stamps in the scrap-booking section!

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  8. Stumbled on your blog looking for spines, and I found so much cuter ones than I expected! Thank you for sharing these beauties.

    -Alissa

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  9. how did you get the frosting to look a blueish green?

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    1. Hi there,

      The frosting was dyed with blue gel paste.

      Cheers,
      Sylvia

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