Monday, January 14, 2013

DIY Cut-Out Les Miserables Folder

My family draws names for Christmas, and since I got my musical-theater-loving/soon-to-be English major cousin, I thought a Les Miserables theme would be fun.

One of the best parts about the silhouette is that it cuts any font on your computer. SO nice.

I glued in a sheet of tracing paper behind the cut-out for a little stability.
I love how delicate the letters are. The font is called Channel and is free from dafont.com.
Sak designed the back to be interlockable. I put movie tickets inside. :)

To go with the tickets, I bought a Penguin Classics hardback edition of Les Miserables from Amazon. The book is like a bajillion pages! I love the gorgeous linen covers on the Penguin Classics. If I could, I'd have a whole library collection of them!
Unfortunately, she already HAD the book! Hopefully mine is prettier though so she'll keep it, haha.
Anyway, the day after Christmas a whole bunch of us went to watch the movie. I had not seen the musical before, (had only played some of the music in band) so I did not know the characters or plot.

I didn't like it. It was too sad! Everybody dies! :P  In general, my philosophy is to avoid fictional sad things because real life sad things are sad enough. Not that the French uprisings were fictional, but you get my meaning? So I doubt I will see the musical or movie again anytime soon. I still love the music though!

Have you see Les Mis yet? Did you cry?

7 comments:

  1. This is such a thoughtful gift, and I agree that the Penguin Classics are the best. I read a portion of the book in a Western Civ class in college - it don't really spark my desire to see the movie or the musical.

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  2. Great gift idea! And your book def. must be better looking than just any old copy. I too think Les Mis is very sad, but there's a part of living it with the characters that helps release some of my own pain I think. In literary theory, there's a theory about being able to cope with life's tragedies through fiction. It gives words, or in this case song, to the pain in ones own life.

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    1. Ah, that makes sense. Maybe it's better to watch/read when not in a happy holiday mood then. :)

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  3. that is an awesome gift, and such a nice way to package the tickets. so thoughtful!

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  4. WHA! That's so awesome/beautiful! I must. Get. One of those. Machines! And love the tracing paper window and interlocking-ness! :D And the book is beautiful! Love the font too!

    I too do not like things that are sad cause life is sad enough but Tim finds beauty in things like that. We haven't seen it yet but maybe this week!

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  5. What a thoughtful and beautiful gift!

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  6. Beautiful gift idea!! We read a shorter version of Les Mis in high school and saw a PBS showing of the musical, and I loved it. I remember buying the sheet music so I could play it. We took a half day off last week just to watch the movie, and to break up our first full week after the holidays, and I really enjoyed it -- but I knew what to expect, I guess! =) It was kind of draining to see such a sad (long!) movie on a half day off, but we did get to go pick up a smiley baby afterwards, so that was good. (I did feel more sadness for the kids/moms in the movie now that I'm a mom.)

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