– Closing the book on Close Your Eyes 2

The second edition of Close Your Eyes is complete …
Since I created links to the previous posts on Close Your Eyes and Close Your Eyes Too, I decided to just show the final two page spreads in this post, A-sides and B-sides …
I did do some design mending (Jude Hill’s very apt term) on the front page. First I removed the metal snaps (which were too large and too strong), then I removed the double-strand, multi-colored split backstitch lettering and replaced it with a simple single-strand backstitch which is more my style and balanced better on the B-side …

Of course, the part I agonized over the most ended up being the part I liked best: the canvas photograph of Meg and Griffin hiding behind a window of rust-dyed muslin, bordered with a frame of asemic orange stitch …

which is revealed on the B-side as the opening lyrics of  Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend (the first cut on James Taylor’s album Mud Slide Slim). It was only as I wrote out the words that the phrase “close your eyes” jumped out at me … a serendipitous echo …

So, Close Your Eyes 2 is now signed, sealed …

and delivered at last …