What do you give someone who is going through bad times? I made this inspirational mini-book for my sister who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Her prognosis is pretty good since she was diagnosed very early, but still, this is a hard thing to go through. It is hard for me because I live in a different state and I am not able to be there to help and support her. Thank goodness she has a wonderful, supportive husband who has been keeping her spirits up.
I searched the internet for ideas on what to do for someone who has breast cancer. Most of the suggestions were for things that you actually need to be in the area: such as doing the grocery shopping, cooking, housecleaning, laundry, and taking them for their appointments and treatments. Some wonderful ideas also included compiling music either via downloading to a playlist or CDs. One thing that I saw a lot of was pink. Pink everywhere! While I have no objection to the color pink, it is a bit too much for my sister who said “after a while it gets a little too much Pepto Bismol.” Another idea was to give them a journal that they could use to write their thoughts and feelings, appointments, doctor’s instructions and treatment information, and anything that they would be likely to forget due to side-effects from medication and treatments.
I decided to make my sister an inspirational mini-book. I wanted to find words and sayings that would inspire and cheer her up while she was going through some very tough days. I wanted to give her something that she could add her own inspirational messages and photos. The mini-book needed to have color, texture and beautiful images. And I asked her to let me know if this was something that would be worth sharing on my blog as something to make for anyone going through breast cancer or who is having a particularly difficult time. My sister thought that this was a very good idea and her words were “this is a good thing to look at and try to cheer yourself up and be more inspired.”
If you are a crafty person like me, this might be the kind of project that you could do for someone you know who is going through a serious illness or just a really hard time. This is a project that can be personalized, with phrases and song lyrics that have a special meaning for both of you. You could also make a mini-scrapbook with some special photographs.
I went through my stash of cardstock and paper and then bought more things to create a six-by-six inch mini-book. Well, the cover is actually a little bit bigger, it is a 6 ½ by 6 ¼ inches, so it is slightly larger than the 6×6 inch pages. If you read some of my previous blogs about multi-media techniques, I wanted to use these techniques for some of the pages in this mini-book. I punched holes in the paper and used two small binder rings to keep the pages together.
Materials Used in Construction
- Heavyweight cardstock for the cover and main pages: I used 110 lb. cardstock from Michaels Craft Store and Adorable Scorable from Hunkydory Crafts.
- Inspirational quotes: I used stamps, and printed out saying from Hot Off the Press’s CD of Card Quotes.
- Decorative Scrapbook paper: I used 6×6 sheets of various papers from various manufacturers and I purchased a pack of 12×12 Artful Watercolor paper from Hot Off the Press.
- Paper Tole from Hot Off the Press
- Specialty papers: foiled, suede and parchment
- Dazzle Stickers from Hot Off the Press: Feathers and birds
- Die-cuts from Hunkydory Crafts and Hot Off the Press
- Embossing Paste and Clear Glass Bead gel and feather and swirls stencils