Recently, my husband's grandmother approached me to ask for help with an interesting project. Over the years, she'd saved every letter, drawing, and card that her grandchildren had ever given her. Included in the pile were some first-time whittling sticks and a harmonica. She told me that when she was a girl, she had written her own grandmother a letter. Years later, her grandmother had given it back to her, and she'd been so touched that her grandmother had kept it all those years, that she decided she wanted to do the same for her grandchildren.
She had kept all these treasures in file folders over the years, to be given to her grandchildren when she died. But then she realized that she wasn't sure she wanted to wait that long, and that there had to be something nicer than a plain file folder to put them in.
This is where I came in. She wanted me to come up with a couple of ideas of how to... return the letters in a nice way. I came up with a few, from decorative boxes, to scrapbooks, to display boards. We eventually settled on a more economic option: a handmade memory book.
Each grandchild would receive a book. I made all of them using an inexpensive, white one-inch binder and covered them in fabric. Then we put all the work from that grandchild--and some pictures--into sheet protectors and put them in the book.
Did I mention she has twelve grandchildren?
A few are missing, but here's most of them finished:
I'll focus on my husband's book to show you how I did it.
His grandmother was very happy with how the whole project turned out. And so am I.
But, there was one grandchild who had only sent two letters to her grandmother. That's not really enough to make a book from. Next week I'll show you what we did for her.