Love You Forever Book Completed

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Well, well. Look who finished the Love You Forever personal version, rewritten and illustrated to suit me and my mom. This is a follow-up to this post in case this is the first you’re reading about this.

I’m sharing this with you so that you have a good idea of what to expect if you decide to do something like this yourself! Let me tell you what you might be getting into, in a nice point form list, after the jump!

  1. IT TOOK PRETTY LONG TO DO – I started this project back in the beginning of November (hence the lack of posts on here). I’d only used my drawing tablet twice before for doing drawing in Photoshop, so this was a kind of trial by fire thing (which is my style). Getting used to using a tablet where I was drawing in one place but seeing the drawing on my monitor was a little tricky at times, but the learning curve in reality took up about an hour of my life. With that in mind, each full page drawing took me about 2 hours, and the small drawings on the text pages took around an hour each. Add to that the text which took a few minutes each page, the additional art I did that wasn’t “from scratch” drawing, the layout of the “book”, printing, trimming the pages, and stitching the spine, I think in total this took me around 18 – 20 hours. A note of caution to you: in the summer, those hours are easily doable within a month, but you put Christmastime shenanigans into the mix, and you wind up taking over a month to finish that much work. And I don’t even do anything beyond one dinner with my family for Christmas, but work was stankin’ busy so just take that into account if you do this kind of thing yourself (busy at work = sleepy at night and napping instead of working on a book).
  2. I USED MY WORK PRINTER – If you’re my boss, this note is all a lie. I totally did not use the work printer. I’d never dream of doing that! I 100% went to Kinko’s or Staples and printed this out using their services. If you’re not my boss, yeah, I used my work printer. This meant that I was in control of how the book would look and luckily gave me time to tweak things to exactly how I wanted them. I’m sure you can do the same thing working with a rep at a print shop, but then you gotta bust out the dolla bills y’all, so just keep that in mind. If you don’t have access to a printer at work or home but there is one in the vicinity of your work premises, make pals with the person who does printing and get them to do it on the sly.
  3. I USED TWO PROGRAMS TO MAKE THIS – I created the text and images in Photoshop and then did the layout in InDesign. InDesign is good for printing booklets, but if you don’t have access to that program, hit up your search engine to find out how you can print booklets from Word or Acrobat. The original book of Love You Forever is 8″ x 8″, so I printed on 11″ x 17″ paper and then cut the pages to size. If you go that route, you’ll need a paper trimmer, or a really steady hand to cut with some scissors. OR you could use a box cutter and a ruler…that’s probably what I would have done if I didn’t have the trimmer.
  4. I DID STITCH BINDING MYSELF – Sure, you could go to a print shop and have them bind a book for you, but why do that when you can grab a regular sewing needle and some thick-ish thread and just stitch the book together on your own? This tutorial shows how to do it and is super helpful. Instead of an awl to prick the holes in the seam, I used a push pin. Everything else though, I got from that tutorial and the book is nicely stitched together with some light pink thread. And it was free!

Now that you know how to do it, do you think you will? If there’s one thing to take from this post, it’s that you should give yourself ample time to make something like this. There may be days you really want to work on it, and then others where you just don’t feel like it at all, or you half ass a bit just to get things done. If you have any questions about something I didn’t cover, email me at

Thanks for reading, and happy creating!