Someone I didn’t know! Who had no clue who I was and hired me (with zero feedback, no less) to rebind a vintage heirloom prayer book based on stuff I’ve posted!! Hooray! She was a fantastic first boss, too- I had very little restrictions and was able to work on the book the way I wanted to. Admittedly, its a little nerve wracking to have someone put that much trust in me- sending her grandmother’s prayer book, plus pieces of paper ephemera that held personal significance, and saying, “Here you go! I’m sure I’ll love whatever you come up with!” I mean, what if she HATED what I came up with?! So of course I went a little (a lot) overboard. You’ll see what I mean:
This is what came in the mail. No way I could just slap on a cover and be done with it, half the threads were dust and some of the pages were loose. So I stared at it for a week and then took completely apart.
TADA!! I used this cool transparent tissue tape to repair all the signatures- all fifty feet of it:
Then I hand dyed, decorated, and cut Japanese rice paper to back all the signatures:
Aren’t they purty!! Plus, I added a couple of pockets:
And then I made the cover! Yup, every single piece of it:
Only by this point, it was too thick to fit in the custom box I made for it!
So I made little packages to hold all her ephemera, and put that in the box instead!
Again, I say: TADA!
I’m one proud mama:) And I’m working on my second commission now! At this rate, I’ll be able to quit my day job in about thirty years. But hey, when have I ever done anything just for the money?
Next up- why I love Picassa…