Our young friend was graduating high school. We wanted to give him a unique gift. The solution was this altered book.
Altered books are a form of art / craft. You take a book -- probably an old, remaindered one -- and change it. Most such books are quite fancy affairs, with a lot of decoration and collage, even painting and cut-outs. This one was simple, and with a little patience, anyone could make one like it.
The book we used was a 1979 copy of Strunk + White's "The Elements of Style". It seemed like the perfect choice, as it is STILL being recommended to students.
Here's what I used, but you could substitute with abandon here.
1 book that can be ruined without guilt
some nice paper to type or print out your nuggets
some images -- I made some on the computer, but you could certainly use photos or ink stamps
craft glue / tape to stick the images and pages in without causing wrinkling
Step 1: Create witty thoughts and ideas
A bottle of wine and some good yakking with a buddy helps a lot with this step.
My husband and I talked and took a bunch of notes about what we wanted to say.
The plan here is for nuggets of wisdom that are also kind of funny.
For example, one of my husband's best was this:
"It's pretty easy to get 80% in high school. It's even easier to get 60% in university"
We also included "household tips" such as this one:
"If you want girls to visit your apartment, you need to ensure you have basic supplies. e.g. toilet paper"
Once you have about 20 or so nuggets of this type, you are ready for the next step.