Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Love Letters

This was an off the page project I made for Cricut Club back in February.....


It's a little book - but no ordinary book....




A close up of the stitching. Yes, I stitched the pages into the spine.... That was a bit fiddly, but well worth the extra effort. It did originally have rings, but they really didn't suit the style I was trying to achieve....




It's a Book of Envelopes.....




And each envelope contains a Love Letter.




Now, as you've probably realised, I've been married twice.... Have I EVER received a Love Letter? Nope....




So - What to put in the envelopes?










I reproduced famous Love Letters from history.....



This first one is from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (before they were married) in the summer of 1528, WOW, the language is amazing (no, not swearing!!!!) the use of the English language is so eloquent, and definitely from a different era.






The second letter is from Robert Burns (the Scottish poet) (GO Scotland!!!) to a lady friend, known only as Dear Madam, he was a known womaniser. The letter is from 1785 and again the language is a pleasure to read, and it's written in straight forward English, not the usual style of Burns text, ie. "wee sleekit coorin' timrous beastie" .
Letter #3 is the first of two letters from Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine. December of 1795, before their marriage, what a beautiful letter....



Letter four is again from Napoleon to Jospehine, in Spring 1797, just two years later, now married, the letter is quite different from the first. In letter #1 he writes to My Dearest Jospehine, in letter #2 he writes To Josephine..... Google them to read them in full, amazing.....

Letter number five is from the most famous literary couple in history - Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Robert Browning. Written in January 1846, before their marriage. What an amazing love story theirs is, made famous in the old film 'The Barretts of Wimpole Street" - love that movie.


And, finally, letter #6 is from Tsarina Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas II in December 1915. This letter is from a wife to her husband before he goes off to war (WWI). The letter is all the more poignant when you know what was to happen to them during the Russian Revolution.

They would be taken, along with their four daughters and young son by the revolutionaries (the people) and be assassinated. Thus ending royal rule in Russia - we all know what came next....
What amazing pieces of history, so glad I made this wee project....

On to the technical stuff - the envelopes were cut from Wild Card cartridge at 6" and the title from Blackletter cartridge, so perfect for this project. The papers used are K & Co 'Life's Journey', again perfect for this.

Thanks for dropping in

TTFN
Jane xx



5 comments:

Ann said...

Oh Jane, this is so stunning & elegant, I adore it!! You're so talented & I love the fact you sourced the love letters from history too. Fabulous as always!!

Hope you & your lovely family are all keeping well? Take care & Hugs
Ann xxx

Gigi said...

WOW! Amazing work Jane =) Cheers!

Sharli said...

Jane,
You are simply amazing! Wow! I'm inspired to go find the letters and read them now. Your book is absolutely beautiful - what an achievement!

Crayola58 said...

This is so beautiful, it make me gasp. Wonderful!!!!

Al said...

Hi Scossie Jane,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a message :)

This love letter envelope book is AMAZING! I love how authentically old is looks in the K&Co papers. You have a most fantastic attention to detail !!! WOW!