Last year, we planned a surprise 30th birthday trip for two friends to come see us, and then go see a favourite band in the Netherlands. It was such an intricate plan, with us only telling them at the last minute that they'd need to pack their passports, and such an exciting secret to be keeping.
The band, The Slackers, were playing their end-of-tour gig at a bar in Sittard, where they'd previously recorded two live albums, and we were going to be part of it.
Their flyer started me off on my colour scheme - black, white and yellow.
Their own 'tagline', from one of their songs, gave me the title. I used an acetate cover to add more interest and dimension to the front page.
Their singer, with his odd, funny in-jokes, gave me the style: he kept talking about events in comic-book terms ('meanwhile, somewhere in the Netherlands'). I went heavy on the layers for the front page, too - loads of paint, ink, gesso, newspaper and glue.
We got a bonus band, too. The New Town Kings.
The filler for this frame was an awesome find from my mum - wrapping paper from Tesco!
An amazing double gig ended with us partying with the two bands in the cool May evening air. What a day. What a brilliant surprise.