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Topic: My [great grandmother's] Story -- A Handbound Memoir  (Read 1799 times)
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« on: January 03, 2010 01:32:40 PM »

Before my great grandma died she wrote a memoir and gathered tons of newspaper clippings and photos, both old and new.  She typed it all out on an old manual ribbon typewriter, which I now own.  My grandmother keeps the large three ring binder safe at her home but it is hard to share because it is rather fragile.  Some of the photos are over 100 years old!

For the past 6 months I have been working on this project.  I wanted to make my great grandma's story more accessible so I transcribed all of the written words into a digital format and laid out the book with the best of the photos and clippings.  I made two copies.  One for each of my great grandma's children.  

The cover is printed on cardstock and I lined the inside with purple felt.  They are bound with the coptic stitch (mostly).  I wanted to finish them for Christmas and I was having trouble figuring out the first and last stitches so I just kind of did my own thing on those.  This was my first try with the coptic stitch so I was pretty satisfied with how they turned out.

My grandma and her brother were very happy to receive them.

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010 01:44:06 PM »

Wow. This is such an amazing.. wait no, **thoughtful** gift/project. I can't even imagine how special this is for your grandmother and her brother. they no longer have to worry about messing up the pages of such a valuable keepsake. i'm impressed with not just the work itself, but the sentiment behind it.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010 05:18:14 PM »

I actually cried when I read what you were doing in tribute and in honor to your grandmother.  At some point in time, I may try to do the same thing.  What a gift!

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010 05:30:32 PM »

Oh my!  Thank you so much.

My grandma actually cried when I gave it to her... and then I started crying!  But it was good crying Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010 08:04:14 PM »

WOW.  That is beautiful.  What a wonderful gift!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2010 07:36:40 AM »

This is so lovely, and so important to keep those old records alive. Well done.

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2010 11:45:55 AM »

That's so sweet of you to put in all that work to make your great grandmother's story more accessible to everyone. I bet you learned a lot about her by reading all those pages! & good job on the coptic stitch! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010 09:30:55 AM »

Really, that's just incredible! It's one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever heard of and it's a wonderful way to preserve a piece of family history.

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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2010 05:53:34 PM »

That is so precious. Makes me want to cry,too.  Cry

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2010 12:51:56 PM »

That is so amazing that your great-grandmother took the time to write everything down and save everything. Props to you for preserving your family history so beautifully! I found myself wishing I could read the stories, I bet they are wonderful.
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