a Treasure Chest in a Book: a Family Tradition

Build your own Family Culture and Traditions…and start during Ordinary Time!

Collect family artifacts and treasures: keep a collection of family documents, classic photos, newspaper articles, certificates, letters from the toothfairy or letters to Santa, programs from funeral Masses, graduations, wedding invitations, birthday invitations, letters of acceptance, report cards…even if they are photocopies of the real thing!

This is what we created our Family Treasure Chest for!

These and other family-centric activities, crafts and traditions 
can be found in A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families.

Altered Collage Books:  a Treasure Chest in a Book!
Years ago, I was fascinated by the books Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence.
“Thus begins the strange and intriguing correspondence of Griffin and Sabine.  It is a story that is partly a romance, partly a mystery, and completely a work of art.  Each page contains a new card or letter…the complete correspondence tells an extraordinary story in an extraordinary way.”
The whole book is packed with stamped letters and postcards, with striking images and artwork.
As I began collecting special cards and letters for each of my kids, I decided I would also write my own letters to them: my goal is to write one for each child, at least once a year.  While I have probably missed a few opportunities…my collections of letters and cards are fairly impressive, for each of the children.
Intrigued by the Griffin and Sabine books, I began my own altered collage books: one for each child, in a story book that reminded me of them! Click this link at www.littlebit.com for some resources to make your own altered collage books !

I decided to use “Enchantment in the Garden”, adding pictures from “The Fairy Tale Catalogue”.

I was enthused by the illustrations in the books.  In this one, I cut a window in one page, to show the illustration in the next.  I glued the pages together and added gesso to make it a little dream-like.

I painted over words of the story, to make room for our own pictures and of course letters (sometimes in their envelopes) and cards that flip open.

I’m excited about “Max” (the Superhero)…and it’s still appropriate, even though I bought it when my almost-11-year-old was a toddler!  I look forward to blending in cartoon versions of our family within these pages!  Maybe I’ll use some Kelly Comics!

Now I need to buy some books for my youngest two! Good thing I already have their card collections started!  I think these altered collage books will be a lot more fun than the manilla envelopes that are currently holding the cards and letters!

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  1. What a fun idea and your kids will love them. So creative. Thanks for linking up to the NOBH

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