Monday, 31 August 2009

Competition and craft

The lovely Shimelle is offering the chance to win a place on her Learn Something New Every Day Course - no, let me correct that, she's offering FIVE places - the winner gets to pick four friends to join in too!! And if it's someone who's already signed up, they get a refund, so I've entered - fingers crossed! Now, it may be pretty stupid to lessen my chances of winning by getting more people to enter, but hey... What the heck! Just pop over to Shimelle's blog and leave a comment to have a go :-)

I'm hoping to finish a project later (before the class starts) and if I do I'll post it then, but meanwhile here's another 'old' project:

I decided to show you this LO because today we just happened to go back to where the photo was taken, on a bank holiday family walk. The background is a plain fawn-coloured card, and I enlarged the photo to 10x11 and cut it into three strips. I sanded and gold-embossed the edges of the top and bottom strip, printed the title and poem onto vellum, and secured the vellum to the photo strips with gold-embossed brads. I gold-embossed a metal bookplate and mounted it over the date and location, also printed on vellum, attaching it to the main photo with more of the brads. I inked the edges of the card and applied gold rub-on, though that doesn't show up too well in the photo!

I like this LO for its simplicity. I like it because I like the photo, and it reminds me of one of my favourite locations. Mostly, I like it for the poem. I've always loved this poem, and when we stumbled across the fork in the path the words came to mind immediately - I planned the LO in my head even as I took the photograph! The poem (by Robert Frost):

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Now, I know there's an 'ironic' interpretation, and that the poet himself maybe meant it that way, but I prefer to take this at face value as an encouragement to be an individual. And with that interpretation, I really like it :-)
PS Seem to be having some difficulty with the formatting of my posts... The poem may not appear properly, sorry! I'll see if I can edit it to be any better. Not sure why blogger isn't recognising that I want to leave a blank line sometimes!


Anonymous said...

When we read that in high school, I didn't realize how many times I would think about it in my life thereafter. It pops up in songs, etc. Great layout!

JanS said...

Thanks for looking at my blog, hopefully it will end up as nice as yours. Like the idea of adding poetry too. I usually write a little poem on cards etc and I love this one.

Jen said...

Love the LO - and thanks for dropping by on my blog :). The text was computer generated - I think the font is called Odalesque - but might need to check that out. The poem is a favourite with me as well. Love your page for LSNED also. See you in class :)

Polly said...

LOVE this layout - great use of vellum and lovely autumn-y picture. I've never heard of that poem before but its great - I can see why you associated it with this picture. Don't you just love it when you have a layout in mind as you take a picture?

maz said...

Hi! I love that poem! Particularly as it describes my son to a T! Looking forward to Shimelle's now!

Vikki said...

Hi, thanks for dropping in on my blog. Beautiful layout, I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful- the lo and the poem.