So first a bit of background is necessary. My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer. All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end. This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time. I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope
, and started planning what would turn into an epic project. First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith
, and Love
. After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot.
All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise. I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.
So without further ado: Love.
I completed the cover (a homage to How the Grinch Stole Christmas--with a needle felted heart and a coat hanger heart viewing device).
Page 1 (Front and Back) (the card on the back opens and is signed)
Page 2 (Front and Back)
Page 3 (Front and Back)
Page 4 (Front and Back)
Page 5 (Front and Back)
Page 6 (Front and Back) (the picture on the front is of my Mom and the little girl who made this page)
Page 7 (Front and Back) (this is my sister's page; the book on the front is filled with stamped quotes about love)
Page 8 (Front and Back) (this page folded out in all sorts of intricate ways--I tried to represent it as best I could)
Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other. I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.
Thanks for looking at this monster post. I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy
for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.