A few weeks ago, Ali Edwards had a great post on her blog that included tips about writing a letter to yourself, which I thought was terrific. Cathy Zielske has done a couple of layouts that she's shared on her blog that use a similar approach. This idea of moving through time, in the form of photos and words, is really at the core of what we do as scrapbookers, and it can be very powerful when put into those two forms. Music is another form as well.
Today's lesson, and the final lesson of this free class, is to find a song that speaks to the future you.
A NOTE ABOUT FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE:
When I taught middle school English, we spent a lot of time listening to music and looking at song lyrics during our poetry units. Songs, at the most basic level, are essentially poems set to music. And good music, just like good poems, needs a set of symbols at the center of the message to work most effectively. That's why songwriters rely on the same toolbox as poets -- and one of the real workhorses in that toolbox is figurative language.
Figurative language is defined as any language that goes beyond the literal meaning of a word or phrase.
- Simile: A simile makes a comparison by using the words like or as.
- Metaphor: A metaphor makes a comparison between two unlike things, without using like or as.
- Personfication: Personification is when you give something non-human the characteristics of a human.
- Hyperbole: Hyperbole is the use of over-exaggeration to make a point about a particular feature or detail.
- Symbolism: Symbolism is the use of a noun or image to represent something else, usually an idea or a concept.
Finding ways to use figurative language in your writing is another way to pay attention to small details that can really have a big impact. Figurative language, especially the use of symbolism, can also provide a controlling metaphor that provides structure and focus to your journaling and helps you extend the ideas you are developing in your writing.PLANNING:
There are many ways to go about the next step -- I'll leave that up to you. But here are the basics: you need to choose a song that conveys a message you would like your future self to remember and then use the song's title and/or lyrics to help you write a letter to yourself in the future. I suggest taking at look at the Ali Edwards post I linked in the introduction; there are some great sites with plenty of information included there.
As you develop your journaling, you want to look for ways to integrate both the design of your page and the words in your journaling. Symbolism can be a key element in both words and images, and you can easily let the images in the song you've chosen lead the way. Here are a few other things to think about in terms of symbolism and design:
- Color. The use of color can signify many things, as most colors have a number of feelings and meanings associated with them.
- Texture. Texture is another way to create additional layers of meanings. Think about the items you use on your pages in terms of hardness or softness, material, and weight.
- Shape. Just as different colors have different meanings associated with them, so do different shapes. The repetition and variation of shapes on your page can help draw the eye and emphasize a point.
This is a perfect opportunity to use the album art as a jumping-off point for your page design. For each lesson, I'll give you the option to focus on one component of the album art. Today, we'll be focusing on the SYMBOLISM used on the album cover.
I'm behind again today. I have the lesson ready but no layout to show. I'm on my way to Louisville for a work trip, but I'll have it finished up once I finish a conference presentation that is due soon. Again, I'll do a quick edit and include it here when I'm caught up.