Saturday, December 21, 2013

Craft Valentine's Day Journals

      Valentine's Day journals afford for teachers the perfect project opportunity to teach students about anthologies.  Challenge your students to collect a variety of romantic poems and photographs, along with pinning a letter to their special someone within a few handwritten and illustrated journal pages.
      The first set of Valentine journals were made by simply folding heavy, decorative papers measuring 8 1/2 by 11 in half. The inside pages were cut slightly smaller and then sewn into the cover. (see video) 
Two simple Valentine journals made by my daughter to give as gifts. She left these blank so that others
could add sentiments of their own.

"This tutorial will show you how to use stitching/sewing to bind together paper and create a journal. I am creating a watercolor journal to carry with me, so the paper I am using is heavy/thick. This method can be used on regular weight paper." by Stampin' Dymonz

These journals, also made by one of my daughters, were assembled by stringing a lace ribbon through corresponding
holes punched into a small collection of pages. She layered decorative papers and tiny decorative embellishments
 on top of her journal covers to create unique designs.
      An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts. In genre fiction anthology is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories and short novels, usually collected into a single volume for publication.
      In the twentieth century, anthologies became an important part of poetry publishing for a number of reasons. For English poetry, the Georgian poetry series was trend-setting; it showed the potential success of publishing an identifiable group of younger poets marked out as a 'generation'. It was followed by numerous collections from the 'stable' of some literary editor, or collated from a given publication, or labelled in some fashion as 'poems of the year'. Academic publishing also followed suit, with the success of the Quiller-Couch Oxford Book of English Verse encouraging other collections not limited to modern poetry. In fact the concept of 'modern verse' was fostered by the appearance of the phrase in titles such as the Faber & Faber anthology by Michael Roberts, and the very different William Butler Yeats Oxford Book of Modern Verse.
      Since publishers generally found anthology publication a more flexible medium than the collection of a single poet's work, and indeed rang innumerable changes on the idea as a way of marketing poetry, publication in an anthology (in the right company) became at times a sought-after form of recognition for poets. The self-definition of movements, dating back at least to Ezra Pound's efforts on behalf of Imagism, could be linked on one front to the production of an anthology of the like-minded. Also, whilst not connected with poetry, publishers have produced collective works of fiction from a number of authors and used the term anthology to describe the collective nature of the text.
      Teachers can direct students to the Poetry Bookshelf of Romantic Collections at Gutenberg. If they find something here that they like, they may use it inside their journal.

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