My inspiration for Pam's "Lines and Angles" book came from my 12 year old niece, Lailan. Our family traveled to Ireland in 2009 (when she was 9) and she wrote a poem about the things she remembered and loved about Ireland:
by Lailan Uy
I remember the lush green gardens
The cold stone floors of the castles
The white sand of beaches
I remember the smell of smoke coming from the chimneys
The beauty of the flowers
The delicious and exotic foods
I remember my peaceful place
I remember Ireland
To showcase the "lines" of Lailan's poem, I pulled out different shades of green colored tissue paper. I tore the green tissue into long, thin strips which I glued down with watered down Elmer's glue. As I arranged the tissue from dark (bottom) to light (top), I realized that I was creating a background that resembled the Irish landscape.
There, it is green as far as the eye can see! In fact, I have heard that there are over a hundred words for "green" in Ireland...
Next, I printed out Lailan's poem onto cardstock that I colored with a green stamp pad. I cut out each word and arranged the lines of poetry across the green tissue landscape. I decorated the spread with fun, felt embellishments. I have to admit that this spread doesn't have the look or feel of my other work, but the look I created truly reminds me of my niece. She will absolutely LOVE it--and be tickled that I used her poem in this spread!