Saturday, August 27, 2011

Art! Where the Wild Things Create!

Sorry for the lack of posts but the only creativity going on with me lately has been in my classroom. Here's my bulletin board outside my door. I'd found this leopard print/pink/green border and started thinking about the word wild. Then that transformed into me thinking about books with a wild theme. Where the Wild Things Are! But I needed to incorporate the arts.
So I decided on "Art! Where the Wild Things Create!

I wanted my tree to be different. Not the typical crumpled up brown butcher paper tree. So I used an accordion fold.

Hopefully I'm not jinxing myself by calling my students Wild Things. Hopefully they're sweet little lambs. One can always dream.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kelly Rae Roberts

I got an email advertisemeny the other day from the company created by Kelly Rae Roberts.
 Here's some of her work. You've probably seen it in gift shops everywhere.
Here's the e-course. It's about creating your own business, using the Internet shops like Etsy. So I thought I'd share. I really can't afford it. It's $150. But I did find her first e-book she wrote on the same subject Flying Lessons: Part One. It's $55. Much more reasonable.
flying lessons photostrip FLATTENED

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Crochet Time!!!!

I decided that since I haven't crocheted anything since November, that it was time to break out the yarn......but I didn't have any just laying around, so I headed up to Michael's.
Michael's was very therapeutic with all of the Fall stuff already out (not so much the Christmas stuff, but the Fall stuff made me smile).

So here's my current project...a scarf for Sophia. Her current favorite color is blue. She was so excited when she got home and saw what I was making for her. She wanted me to finish it right away, but I assured her we have plenty of time until she'll need it. Definitely not the best yarn to start back with. Very slow going.

But it felt great to get some yarns on sale to have a "stash" on hand, just in case I get the sudden urge to crochet.

Seeing this would make Donna very happy, I just know it (she's the one who taught me how to crochet).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fun Frills!

So here's my latest scrapbooking project. After I finished Sophia's "baby book"---3 albums, I started a scrapbook for her that will chronicle her until she's 5 and starts school. I just started her 2-3 years section. The fabulous news is that I have all year to work on this so I don't have to feel behind. The blog books have all these pics and stories but those won't go with Sophia once she leaves home. Those will stay here.

I found this really fun inspiration page. I just love the frills.

So here's how I recreated my own version. Start by measuring the space where the frills will go. Cut a rectangle that is the size of the space. This is the rectangle you'll use to glue everything down to.

Next, scallop (or use whatever paper edger you want). I used about 7 different pieces of paper I think and repeated some. This is a great way to use up those scraps.

Next, cut your papers into 1 inch strips.

Start at the bottom and glue down your strips, letting them overlap a little. Just let them hang off the side.

Layer all the way to the top. Make sure you're just doing 1 line of glue so you'll be able to fold your papers up.

Turn over your rectangle and trim the excess paper.

Fold up the frills. I inked the edges (might be easier to do that step when you're cutting your strips) and added a button for embellishment.

It didn't seem finished to me so I trimmed a 1/4 of an inch off of each side of my layouts. I glued both down to the hot pink paper that I used in my layouts.