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« on: May 12, 2009 02:09:56 PM »

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, Hope, Peace, Joy, 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: Peace.

My husband made all of the components for this cover, and I put it together.  


Inside Cover


Page 1 (Front and Back)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back) (those are real shells and sand)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back)  


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.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009 02:30:59 PM »

This is a beautiful and thoughtful tribute and confort for your mom! 
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009 04:54:12 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009 06:55:31 AM »

This is a lovely idea and incredibly well done.

I love all the different serene pictures people used to convey the feeling of peace.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009 07:32:55 AM »

This is a lovely idea and incredibly well done.

I love all the different serene pictures people used to convey the feeling of peace.

Thanks, I was really impressed at all the different imagery that was used.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009 09:56:41 PM »

i just realized you have 5 different books posted! good idea to post them separately! i think this one is my favorite out of all of them.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009 06:05:51 AM »

Thanks for looking at them all, it really was a huge project, and it was hard to capture without overloading everyone. 
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