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Tomorrow, I’m teaching a workshop at a summer camp. A group of 22 kids and one of 24 kids. Ages are between 7 and 12 years old. They will learn how to make a paper bag mini-album as shown above. While half a group will be doing the album with me, the other half will be with my mother, learning how to make a cute bookmark and a few animals out of punched shapes.
Demain, je vais enseigner un atelier dans un camp de jour. Un groupe de 22 enfants et un groupe de 24. Agés entre 7 et 12 ans. Ils apprendront à faire un mini-album avec des sacs de papier comme celui montré ci-haut. Pendant que la moitié d’un groupe fera l’album avec moi, l’autre moitié sera avec ma mère, à apprendre comment faire un joli signet et quelques animaux faits avec des formes poinçonnées.
I plan on making a tutorial with photos for this kind of album in the foreseeable future.
J’ai l’intention de faire un tutoriel avec photos pour ce genre d’album dans un avenir rapproché.
May 25th came and went. I took photos and scrapped about it last week. This is the end result. The album template was a bit of a challenge for me because when I did my album, I forgot to add an extra inch to the background cardstock (I did 6″ x 12″ instead of 7″ x 12″) but that’s ok. I made it my own. I added a few rub-ons and stickers to fill in some blank spots. And voilà! a scrapbook layout representing a day in my life (a lazy Sunday at that!)
>Tonight I picked up my photos from the 25th and decided to do the layout right away instead of letting things stew and gather dust. I’m not 100% happy with the result but it’ll do. Besides, it’s only the first time I was doing this and I have 11 other months to make up for it! Out of the 30-odd pictures I took, I used 14 and followed the album prompt almost to the letter.
What I liked about this project:
-having the paper already picked and glued down makes things so much easier;
-having to take certain pictures and use those in the layout also makes things easier;
-using a lot of pictures and cropping them in different sizes was interesting;
-as was layering some of the pictures.
This project definitely forced me to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to scrapbooking. Before this, I had mostly worked in 12″x12″ or 8″x8″ (with the exeption of one or two projects for other people) so working in 6″x12″ for myself was definitely different. A fun project which kept my hands busy long enough to stop thinking about food.
(And I just spent the last 15 minutes typing up a storm about food and weight and personal issues and with one click, deleted the whole thing because really, I don’t need to air my dirty laundry in public. And my blog is titled Good things and Good thoughts! So there.)
PS I changed my counter so I can now see where my visitors are from. Cool, huh?
>So last night I had a craving for sweets. I had nothing in the house that would do. I put my shoes on twice and removed them twice. I decided not to indulge and instead, kept my hands busy while starting a new project. I saw on Shimelle‘s blog a new project that appealed to me. It’s called “Scrap Your Day” and consists of taking photographs all through the day on the 25th of each month and then making a scrapbook layout out of it, following a few guidelines. You can see a few pictures of my book here, pages all ready to receive the photographs and journaling. The format is 6″ x 12″ and I made it out of cardstock and paper I was keeping for just the right project. This seemed as good a time as any to use them. The quote you see here is a sticker from 7gypsies. I love the results so far and am looking forward to taking pictures on Friday to put them in this new little scrapbook of mine.
Have you started anything new lately?
>Too often, like many people, I tell myself that “starting right now I’m going to take better care of myself.” You know, exercise, healthy food and all that. And every time, like many people, it lasts a couple of weeks and then I fall back into my old habits. I’ve tried using visualization and positive thinking to reach my goal. But I guess I’m still not getting it, for this anyway. I don’t know. Maybe I need to read The Secret again.
Doing my Daily Art Cards is really helping me in trying to step out of my comfort zone. I’m giving myself permission to try new things, new products (in moderation), to make mistakes and messes. Anything goes on these. My intention at first was to use a different size for every month but I don’t know that I can find a total of 12 different card sizes. We’ll see. For March, I want to do more of a postcard size.
My thoughts are all over the place tonight. Sometimes I wish my blogging were more profound or witty or something else. But it isn’t because, well, it is me, my thoughts, my memories, my ideas. I have so many ideas brewing in my head that I don’t always know how to get started. For instance, a few weeks ago, I suddenly had a flash that turned into a story which I want to turn into a book for kids à la Neil Gaiman, with grungy looking illustrations and dark humour. But I don’t know how to get it all started. Not yet anyway.
March break is coming up next week. (Our version of Spring Break.) There are so many things I want to do but the week won’t be long enough! I need to spend less time on the computer and more time in the world. Or at least in MY world. You know, the one where it’s okay to talk to animals and imagine they talk back. Where it’s okay to have paint splattered on your hands and arms and clothes and maybe in your hair too. Where it’s okay to dance in the rain and chase snowflakes around.
I’m ending today’s post with another image. A new layout for my scrapbook. It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before. I love that cluster of vintage buttons at the top.
>It’s been a while since I’ve done any real scrapbooking. This page has been waiting to be done for months (since last spring I think.) I finally decided to do it yesterday. To start off, I sanded the edges of the pictures because I felt they looked too perfect (_I_ don’t even know what I mean by that but whatever…) I layered them over a cinema-themed paper and then assembled everything on another cinema-themed paper. Die-cuts, embellishments, journaling (in french) and voilà!
It’s not my best and not my favourite but at least it’s done and now I can move one. I also made an ATC last night for the 7/30/365 Art Card Project. I still don’t now how long I’ll do it but at least I’m doing it. I’ve also started a daily journal like this but instead of calling it a gratitude journal I call it “Every Day Brings Something New.” So the idea is to write down something that I’ve done, seen, heard, etc during the day that was completely new. I’ll try to post pictures soon.
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