A Precise Craft

An Eden Prairie shop specializes in custom book art.

Jamie Tesch was browsing Pinterest for the perfect gift for her husband to mark their first wedding anniversary. When she found a picture of folded book art, she knew it would be a perfect memento for the “paper” anniversary.

It took her a while to figure out, but after some trial and error, she had folded her wedding date into the pages. “People saw it and loved it,” she says. Soon she was folding pages for friends into custom dates and shapes, and then she and her husband started selling the books on their online shop, Happy Little Gifts.

Tesch’s husband Jonathon, a graphic designer, uses a computer to mock up the designs. Then, Jamie measures the folds on each page with a ruler. She says it takes her one to three hours to create a simple shape, like a letter or heart, and about six hours to make a wedding date. The books come from thrift stores, but Jamie has tracked down specific books for custom orders. Prices range from $20 for a small heart to $130 for an eight-letter word.