My little treat for you today is another layout I created in an Altered Book many long moons ago. This book from what I remember, was titled Myths & Fantasy and the project for the month had to contain Slits, Slots & Holders!
Wow, what a challenge!
I decided on the story of Elaine - or The Lady of Shalott. If you're an Anne of Green Gables fan, you will know immediately who I mean! If not, it's a sweet story that ties in with the Lancelot and Guinevere legends of King Arthurs day and there are thousands of different versions, probably the most famous of which was rendered into a haunting (very long) poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson - The Lady of Shalott.
I decided that slits & slots would be covered by making Elaine's River for her little boat to float down, just as it did - floating silently into Camelot. I cut the slot through several pages of the book to strengthen it, then attached the boat in such a way that you could slide it up and down the river.
For holders, I created a ribbon holder for the tiny book which contains the words of Tennyson's poem (in tiny print you can barely read!), and a cd holder embedded into the facing page. I then burned a copy of a gorgeous, musical rendition of the poem onto the cd so that it could be listened too and placed it in the book.
The gorgeous floral image behind the clear cd holder is a sticker, and I printed a famous "Lilymaid" image onto a cd label to place on the cd.
A final touch was to create an extra pocket behind the layout into which I slipped another version of the story of Elaine, taken from the book "The Sacred Lake" which was largely about the love between Gunievere and Lancelot. Unfortunately it was so long ago, I can't remember the author of this book - but I will look into it!
Hope that inspires you today, and if you don't have to go to work today like I do, then I wish you just enough time in the day to also enjoy some happy creativity!