For those members who have joined the group to participate in the Love and Hope Altered Pass Around Book, here is some information from Jewel which has been posted on the Etsy Ning Site, but we're reposting it here for a reminder or for those who may not have seen this message.
I thought I would start a new discussion on the book so that it's easier to find the specifics of the pages, etc,. If anyone has emailed me since the last time I posted on here about this book, the week of July 22nd through July 28th, I did not receive those emails due to a spammer that hijacked my email account while I was on vacation. You can read more about it on my blog if you are interested; My email account was hijacked. It is rectified now and you can email me again at the same email address.
I have decided on how this Book will work. I have listened to and read everyone's suggestions and I totally appreciate all of them. When I started out, I had wanted to use an actual book that would be passed around and the pages altered. I had always wanted to do one and thought that a charity would be a good cause to make one. But with all of the interest, and thank each and every one of you for your interest in it, I have decided that each doing a couple of pages and then sending them to me to be bound together would be best.
I like the idea of saving the shipping money to be donated to the charity. I will also be making banners that will be sold along with the books so that those that chose to donate can do so in another form other than the purchase of the book. Also if anyone else wants to add other things to be auctioned off during that time for the proceeds to go to NCCS, then that would be great as well. But we will discuss that at a later date.
I do like the idea of doing two books, one to give and one to keep. So, I hope you all don't mind doing two pages each, one for each book. I feel that it would be best do make the pages from card stock. You can then paint, glue, sew, write or whatever you would like to the pages. I would ask though that you try to keep the things that you glue or sew or whatever embellishments you put on the pages as thin as you can so that the book does not become too bulky to bind.
I would like for you to decorate the front side and then on the back side I would like for you to either write a little about what you feel Love and Hope means to you or a Story you would like to share or some poetry or words of encouragement or whatever you feel would convey a message of Love and Hope to either the children going through such a horrific ordeal or to the purchaser of the book. Or maybe even a little bit about yourself. If you choose not to do this, that is totally fine too. You as the artist can make that call.
As far as the size of the pages, I feel that a book that is 7" wide by 9" tall would be a good size. Big enough to have enough room to decorate but not too big. You will need to leave a 1' wide strip on the left front side of the page for me to use for binding, so your actual work area is 6"wide by 9"tall.
You may start on these at any time and send them in to me. The deadline for sending them to me will be November 1st. That way I have plenty of time to get them bound for auction so that we can do it for the Christmas season. I think the auction should run November 20th to November 30th. We can do a ten day auction that way ending on Sunday which is a good day for eBay sales. We can start it in the evening that way it will end in the evening. During that time anyone else that would like to donate an item to be auctioned off can do so as well. But, once again we will discuss that at a little later date.
If you have any questions, then please feel free to either contact me directly or within the forum and I will answer any questions you may have.
Good luck all! When you are ready to send me your pages, then just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you my address so that you can send them to me. Thank you all again!
Love and Hugs,