Thinking of You Mini-Book
Amy called me yesterday afternoon to tell me that she wanted people to sign cards for Sallie. She needed my help to put together a bulletin board. I had a better idea – a little mini-book, which has been perfected by Elise. Mini-books are super simple to create on the spot. Plus I knew that a poster-sized object would be unmanageable. And then what do you do with it? A little book would be easy for Sallie to read and feel the love. I gathered my materials: a two-hole punch I picked up when cleaning out an old office supply closet, two ring-clips from Staples, Sharpies (a must to prevent smearing), and a collection of old postcards from my box of stationery.
I had been collecting these postcards for years. Some were from book shows. Some were my pictures, which I printed using cafepress.com, and a couple were even from DoubleTake. Several were random, off-the-wall postcards, including illustrations for a children’s book entitled, “It’s Not My Fault.” But that’s okay, because Sallie is an artist with a great sense of humor. I also included all three of Lucy’s postcards, from sixteen weeks, Christmas and her first birthday.
So it’s super simple. Write a note. Punch the card on the left side (stamp side on the back). And add rings. I didn’t add them in any particular order. I did keep Lucy’s postcards together. And I also grouped the pictures the kids drew together. Plus some postcards were larger than others, so I kept them together. But I’m not sure if that matters.
I added a cover, which I drew on a blank note card that said, We love you, Sallie. Maria, one of my kids from VBS, reoutlined the text for me at lunch. She also drew lots of pages of hearts, which I inserted between cards that were smearing a little bit. A Crayola marker slipped in the mix somehow and things got a little sticky.
We collected postcards during the staff appreciation lunch. So I imagine that quite a few had food on them. Big thanks to Eugenia for watching Lucy while I ate and explained the project. Lucy is such a big girl now. She sat in a folding chair without a booster. Although she probably needed one. She spent most of the time turned around in her chair watching all of her friends. Lucy had a final check of the book. We ended it with a back cover, which was the front of a Calvary notecard. It was an effortless collaborative project we all enjoyed during a great lunch.