An interest in Greek mythology and history, travel in Greece or a romantic collage featuring the Greek gods gives reason to create a scrapbook documenting such experiences. Often, instructors require students of Greek mythology to build a scrapbook detailing specific plots and mythical characters to demonstrate and present the knowledge obtained through the course. The scrapbook may chronologically recount the details of a particular myth, displaying relevant items and historical facts of interest explaining the context of the myth. With the ancient Greek culture's impressive influence on Western civilisation, a scrapbook on the legends of Greek mythology can include literary, religious and political elements.
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Things you need
- Cardstock and scrapbook paper
- Photos and mementos
- Scissors or cutting tools
- Acid-free adhesives
- Greek mythology-themed embellishments and stickers
Base your project's themes on mythological characters or storylines. Western astrology and constellations, for example, have origins in Greek mythology and can provide a common link to each page in the scrapbook through the use of papers, captions and embellishments, whatever the subject. Types of mythological conflicts and their resolutions offer another thematic approach that will allow documentation of a variety of events and topics. Profile a mythical character by dedicating each page/section with the character's image, likes and dislikes, quotations, or creative diary entries from the character's point of view. Images and symbols found in Greek mythology are available online.
Select acid- and lignin-free paper to prevent deterioration of photos and other memorabilia over time. Cardstock, the thicker, sturdier type of paper, provides the base paper on which to place items and lighter matt papers. Choose colour-coordinating decorative paper that carries Greek and mythological themes to maintain the continuity and interest of the project. Craft, fabric, online and speciality scrapbooking stores carry different lines of such themed, archival-quality papers, embellishments and supplies.
Design page layouts by pre-sketching the design, writing an outline of a story plot with elements assigned to specific pages, and by physically arranging the central papers, photos, postcards, clippings, etc. on the base cardstock to ensure that everything fits. If you are documenting a trip featuring ancient Greek cultural experiences or an ancient Greek literary storyline, chronological order may dictate the organisation of the scrapbook. Dedicate ample room in your layouts for written narration. You may find that placing the materials for each page in the layout together in an envelope or file assists in organising the project.
The project should include a narrative summarising the progression of the myth or plot from a work of literature. If your Greek mythological scrapbook recounts travels to ancient Greek locations, include impressions, experiences, journal entries, facts about the location and relevant details in paragraph form. Captions to photos and items included in the layout are important as well, but detailing the travel experience, plot or mythical character(s) in a narrative continued throughout the scrapbook elevates the significance of the experience or the personal analysis of the myth. Print out or hand-write narrative using classical Greek fonts or script.
Adhere all pieces to your base cardstock, page by page, ensuring the correct order. Consider incorporating non-glue methods such as stitching or metallic eyelets and brads for attaching your items. Such products may be available in the Greek mythology theme to add an element of authenticity to your project.
Include embellishments after all essential parts of the layout have been completed. Stickers of Greek gods and ancient Greek structures, Greek cultural venue tickets and other items specific to Greek mythology provide excellent options.
Bind your pages together or insert them into page protectors if your scrapbook will go into an album. Complete the bound scrapbook pages or album with a cover page featuring a title and an illustration of a Greek mythological character.
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