The covers are made from Manila folders, painted using adirondak ink sprays, stencils and white gesso. These had four coats of Golden gesso and a certain amount of the ink comes up through the gesso. The collage is old photo's from childhood. The number on each one is the date of their birth. The Gisborne Herald is from the heading of the local newspaper in the city where we grew up in New Zealand.
Over several years in the Microsoft Word program I have been writing a story of our life growing up using the old photo's as prompts. I printed these out on some nice french paper I bought in a nice sepia colour. I collated these into three signatures of five double pages and stitched them into the spine of the cover. Altogether there was 60 pages cover back and front. A memory and a keepsake, they all loved them and it was satisfying to give a gift with meaning.