Basically, I took an old book that I liked the look of and I found the center, I then started to elmer glue the pages together. Once you get a lot of glue going on, the pages become somewhat pliable, and you can mold them how you want.
Then, I gave the whole book a good coat of crackle paint. I took a photo of her son, and a poem and tore & distressed the edges. After that, I modge podged them and this is how it came out.
My friend was VERY pleased with the result, and so was I considering the book was only .99 cents at Goodwill, and I had everything else on hand! :)