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« on: May 12, 2009 01:56:51 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: Joy.

I completed the cover (the batik was taken from a Ten Thousand Villages Card). 


Inside Cover (Decorated with a Non Sequitur comic)


Page 1 (Front and Back)


Page 2 (Front and Back) (I love the ribbon on this page)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back) (this page focuses on something my Dad used to do: greet all the kids before VBS (that's me looking very sleepy beside him))


Page 6 (Front and Back) (the front of this one is hand painted)


Page 7 (Front and Back)


Page 8 (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 30, 2009 10:01:26 PM »

"joy" was a good one to include in your books...it can be hard to have joy after a such a loss so this will be a good reminder of all those people who care about her!
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009 06:05:06 AM »

Thank You PinkPug.

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009 08:37:44 AM »

Oh, wow, what a wonderful book............... .....
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009 08:48:37 AM »

Thanks italianchildhood.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2009 05:06:47 AM »

Wow. That's beautiful.

This kind of hit me. My grandfather just passed away in late March from liver cancer, and my mom is an absolute wreck right now and this seems like something she might need/appreciate at a time like this...

How exactly would be a good way to ask her friends to contribute?
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2009 10:33:39 AM »

Wow. That's beautiful.

This kind of hit me. My grandfather just passed away in late March from liver cancer, and my mom is an absolute wreck right now and this seems like something she might need/appreciate at a time like this...

How exactly would be a good way to ask her friends to contribute?

Thanks curlsmakethegirl.  I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

How to ask people depends a lot on the circumstances, how well you know them, your access to them, and things like that.

What I did was I found an operative as my Mom would have known I was up to something.  I enlisted a close family friend and explained the idea to her before I started anything.  I then wrote a letter explaining what I was trying to do, and offering some artistic encouragement.  The friend I had enlisted then handed out the letter attached to the sheet for the book to the list of people we had created.

I mainly let the letter do the talking.
If you are interested I can PM you the letter, or if you PM me your email address I can email it to you.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2010 09:33:31 PM »

Love these!! Especially page 8  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2010 04:47:53 AM »

thanks happy_haylee_3
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