The day late but just arrived version of Bookcase Tour Tuesday.
A couple of months ago, I showed a Japanese Nengajo Sourcebook - a book that comes with a CD-ROM filled with designs to create New Year's postcards. The lovely Melanie from Crafty Japan (with a name like Melanie, how could she not be lovely) was kind enough to pick me up a copy for 2011.
She did a great job at choosing one for me with a good mixture of traditional and cute. One quick flip through the publication and you'll soon realise that 2011 must be the Year of the Rabbit. There are so many cute bunnies adorning these pages.
I was really drawn to the gorgeous colours in some of the designs.
This phoenix is just spectacular!
With most of the main designs, it appears that you're given three options, one with just the picture, one with the basic greeting and one with a full greeting.
I'm tempted to just print this teapot and cup image and frame it. It's stunning.
There are a number of papercut designs in this one too.
And the part of the book that I've always found really useful - the Japanese script. My Japanese writing is awful, so even though every year I'd create my own design (usually a photo), I'd use the book to for the Japanese greeting.
You can read a little more about nengajo and Japanese New Year traditions here (though be prepared for the red background on the site).
Now I haven't checked with Mel yet, but if you'd like a copy, maybe if you ask her really nicely, she might be able to pick you up one on a special order...