A personal touch to a wedding present… the fingerprint guestbook!

Don’t you love making something special for people that are dear to you?

On my trip through California I was pointed out the American trend of the fingerprint guestbook. Returning home to the most awesome wedding* ever I decided to make one for my very special friends.
Thankfully, they loved the idea just the same: guests leaving their fingerprints forming a very personal map to a beautiful memory.

The friends I made this for are almost as much into their garden as they are into each other (oh my… their garden should have it’s own blog, but that’s a whole different story). Their wedding card showed a peaceful path surrounded by trees and huge beams of sunlight welcoming the viewer. I used this as inspiration for the jar of fireflies below.

I think this would make for a nice addition to my Etsy shop, maybe featuring some more wedding products. What do you think?


fingerprint guestbook ellen vesters

 * a wedding. in your own huuuge backyard. handmade decorations. firepits. a limoncello bar. a huge spanish ham. live music by friends. the cutest dog. ever. enough said!!!

Fred & Guus

I feel so proud! Utrecht has it’s own platform for artists with a psychiatric background!


Meet Fred & Guus!

Website: http://fredenguus.nl/

Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/fredenguus


 Danielle van Dieten

Tim Schoonhoven

Choi Wong

7 Days of Inspiration

Let me tell you about a beautiful dutch initiative. In 2009 Martijn Aslander felt inspired by the clean up project in Estland and decided to found the 7 Days of Inspiration. His idea: to give the Netherlands an upgrade by spreading inspiration on social goodwill, culminating in 7 Days of Inspiration.


7 Days of inspiration has grown to be a week full of positivity.


This year the 7 Days took place in the first week of march. 14 Dutch cities were involved! All kinds of people came together to start all kinds of inspirational sustainable initiatives.

I contributed to the magazine that was launched that week. The magazine found it’s inspiration in a dutch part of the twitter community called “dare to ask”. You can use the hashtag #daretoask if you have some burning question, and with which you can make an appeal to other tweeps to help you out. The magazine thought this was characteristic of social goodwill.

41 Professionals collaborated in this magazine. Illustrators and photographers were asked to use a tweet as inspiration for their art. The one I used said: who wants to make a dance of joy with me?

My illustration:


ellen vesters vreugdedans dance twitter


ellen vesters vreugdedans dance twitter


Very happy when I opened the magazine (and the paper smelled sooo good!):


ellen vesters vreugdedans dance twitter


Here’s a link to the complete magazine, I am on page 31: