Throughout the day on day 1, we were to intuitively collect everyday items that could be worked into a collage. Some of the items I collected were an old postcard of Venice, an Italian candy kiss wrapper, a ticket for a drawing, a child's playing card, an Italian illustration of a baby eating candy, the words Admit One from a dental appointment card, and assorted clip art.
On day 2, I made a border out of my collected items, and on days 3 and 4, I collected affirmative "I" statements that I wrote on the veins of a leaf that I had printed out from a photo of fall leaves provided by Kathryn.
On day 5, I added photos and journaled about what I had lost and what I had found. On the Lost page, there is an arrow pointing to an element with a blue brad in the corner. Under the flap is a secret message. The message was a little fortune that came in a Baci Italian candy kiss and reads: Give me a hundred kisses, a thousand kisses and yet hundreds more, kisses by the thousands.
Creating my Lost page was very emotional for me, because it brought back so many memories of my grandmother who had passed away when I was 9 years old. I lived with my grandmother and grandfather from the time I was very little, so losing her was a very traumatic experience. The found page was a joy to create because I now have a beautiful little grandaughter. My final step was to add the leaf with the affirmation statements I had written.