Currently, I am organizing and archiving family artifacts. Included among the artifacts are a number of handwritten letters. Ten of them mom wrote between 1958 and 1967. These ten letters span most of the time we were in the military. Back in 2003, I had found nine of them. I scanned those and printed them along with various documents and photographs related to the letters. A couple of weeks ago I found another letter from this collection bringing the total number of pages to 97.
The original book was printed on 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper placed in page protectors and bound in a post album. Back then it took 24 hours to print one book. Those books are about four inches thick and heavy. Since my artistry skills have improved greatly since 2003. I decided to re-do the letters adding the newly discovered letter.
This time around my plan is to transcribe the letters and use parts of the originals as embellishments. Instead of one volume, the letters will comprise multiple volumes. The format I decided to use is a 10 x 10 lay-flat photo book printed by one of the companies that print photo books. This way I only have to print one copy and if any other family member wants copies they can print all of them or just the volumes they want.
So far I have completed the first two spreads Each spread consists of two pages. If you look closely you can see one of the original envelopes and some of the original handwriting.