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: 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.