I also happened to be privy to the Claudia Renzi speakerphone conversation. She was quite gracious.
Here's what I took away from Claudia's approach to this project, which may prove helpful as we all find our way through it (also of which, thumbnails still reside on her current website, check 'Portfolio>School work>Adobe'):
• Don't be daunted; approach the project from both micro and macro levels. Start small, in the details of the Genesis story, but build to the larger visual crescendo.
• Find themes that resonate with you on which to build. She chose seven such themes and 'painted' the canvas of each page with type, texture, composition, emotion.
• Be fearless.
• Start early. Claudia's piece 'took a long time.'
So there you go. Amen.