Stumbled upon this website - Aren't these aprons cute!
Imagination ...is more important than knowledge.
- Albert Einstein
I found some wonderful paper and sticky embellishments from Basic Grey (one of my favorite decorative paper companies) and I knew it had a "Project for Cole" written all over it. One of the embellishments had the quote, written above, by Albert Einstein on it - a perfect place to begin!
I made a little 8 page book for Cole and he fell in LOVE with it. "He placed his claim immediately - it is his book." I decided I'd better take a few pictures before he "loves it to pieces." (though it has been holding out amazingly well so far.)
page 1 - Imagination - love this quote. Cole is ages 3 & 4 in this little book - I wanted to celebrate him at this very imaginative age.
Page 2 - Children love to see their name - so I dedicated one full page to "COLE"
pages 3-4 - playing is the foundation for imagination.
Page 5 - Imagination is simple - just stop and let your mind wander.
page 6 - A good imagination is always better with support from those you love.
page 7 - sliding down the tongue of a whale... great props are wonderful for assisting the imagination.
Page 8 - Cole's list - to remember the things he likes to do at age 3-4.
Take a minute to imagine today!
NOTE: If you like this mini-book and you live in the Richmond, Virginia area I'll be teaching a class including a similar project (paper will vary.) "READY TO CUT" November 14, 2009 at Memories Galore.
Kevin is off to the Tulsa Convention and I am here at home. What is a girl to do with the "extra" time?
around; but, I started out with the best of intentions today. Plans to be focused and highly productive were foremost on my mind; but, once again, those squirrels got the best of me!
After I said good-bye to Kevin I spent a little time working. Travel arrangements needed to be made and lesson plans (for my children) needed to be organized. There are some laundry bins calling my name and far too much clutter on my bathroom sink.
Once Cole woke up, he had a better plan for my time. He and I needed some fun time - playing with magnetic letters on our front door. He is learning to read and spell 3 letter words. Problem is we were a little short on O's. I decided to order some online - found a great new educational supply site called Lakeshore - tons of cool stuff!
Alexis is finishing up a unit about plants & photosynthesis. I sent her outside with my camera and an assignment to take pictures of vascular and non-vascular plants. (I didn't know my camera was capable of taking "bad pictures" until now - but hey, photo skills can be a lesson for another day!)
While she was busy outside, I was on the Internet and I came across this:
on the National Geographic site.
It reminded me of all those wonderful fall mornings walking to class on the East Carolina U campus. There were TONS of squirrels. I always wanted to do something artistic with those squirrels...
I designed a new CornerStone.
this is a total sneak peek - I haven't even laser tested it yet, but, with any luck it will be available in time for those fall photos!
May be the squirrels aren't such a bad distraction after all?
Words are amazing and powerful things. They can make us laugh, cry, create outrage, or fill our hearts with compassion. Combine words with images and you might just have a masterpiece!
I have been sitting on this idea (designing a Mosaic Moments page inspired by word games) for awhile now. I knew I wanted it to be family related - I just had to settle on the right words.
To make the process a little easier, I made a Mosaic Moments Grid Planner sheet. It made it easy to test words for a correct fit. I decided to use our names and some words that describe family.
STEP 1- Create a plan
*Mosaic Moments Grid Plan sheet will be available as a FREE Download at snapncrop.com.
STEP 2 - Print letters onto cardstock
Once I had a plan I designed one inch squares, with the letters I needed, and printed them onto cardstock. FREE Download Available. If you don't have a printer available you could use alphabet stickers, stamps, or handwritten letters.
TYPE TIP: Make sure the letters are adequately filling the 1 inch square space. It will result in a more pleasing visual impact.
STEP 3 - (optional) stamp each square.
STEP 4 - (optional) ink edges.
STEP 5 - place letter squares on Mosaic Moments Grid Paper as planned.
STEP 6 - add photos.
I used a couple of 4x6 photos (cut to fit the grid) to block in the larger spaces; but, most were printed as thumbnails - 9 up on a 4x6 sheet.
Using a one inch square punch makes it really easy to create one inch squares out of thumbnail prints.
Don't you think this idea will make a fabulous gift? Just change the words & photos to create custom designs for your favorite people, new moms, newly or to-be-weds, sisters, friends, spouse, neighbors...
I love the finished results. I decided to make another for my friend Jaime - her birthday is coming next month. Won't she be surprised? : )
I love the finished results. I decided to make another for my friend Jaime -
her birthday is coming next month. Won't she be surprised? : )
Basketball Guy did return that evening. His sudden discomfort had nothing to do with a change of heart, as I had imagined. Let's just call it a young guy thing (could be embarrassing to elaborate further.)
Finals were in process and I would be returning to my hometown soon. With my impending departure in the forefront of our minds, discussions between Basketball Guy and I turned to the future. When would we see each other again?
When the semester ended, I packed my car, minus a few things. There was a Beta fish, (the only pet allowed in my college apartment) a box of brownie mix (my mother sent it to "fatten me up") and my peach comforter. Basketball Guy kindly offered to store a few things for me, including my blanket, until I returned. Now that he had my stuff, we had an unspoken pact or promise, we had to see each other again.
A million things had been racing through my mind those last few days. We had just started to get to know each other and now I was leaving. I didn't know what to expect next. How serious was this relationship?
When Basketball Guy came to see me off, he gave me a single red rose and a note. He told me all the usual things: be careful, drive safely... then he said three words I hadn't expected... "I love you."
I wasn't prepared with a response. It seemed like this had all happened so fast and I wondered how things might change once we were apart. Did I love him? Would he still think of me after I was gone? I just listened and kissed him good-bye.
As I waited for another student, a girl who needed a ride home, I read Basketball Guy's note. How did he always seem to know exactly what needed to be said?
to be continued...