I had a happy accident when I made this. I intended to cut the chipboard piece into two pieces. I measured 6 inches from each end and cut it in my paper cutter. Instead I got a nicely scored "book" piece and I was thrilled with it! I sanded the metal "memories" piece and painted it with olive green acrylic paint, stamped a couple words, wrote "of" with my journaling pen and inked some chipboard letters. I added all that to the die-cut shape and added two eyelets. I adhered the whole piece with sticky strip and glue dots.
I wrote a letter on the inside left and made a pocket on the right to hold the strips of paper where I wrote some favorite memories. I inked the edges of all the cardstock and added some eyelets and hemp twine so he could easily pull each one out to read it. I told him to read it when his eyes felt dry. LOL! I sure cried some happy tears as I made this. *sniffle* I am so blessed to have the parents I do! This is the book opened flat. I added some stamped messages on the back as well as the date. The spine is covered using a strip of patterned paper. It is the pattern on the back side of the striped paper.