Friday, June 29, 2012

happy firday!

Hi there!

I do not have a sketch to share with you today.  I will be back next Friday to resume normal sketch posting.

For now, I have a layout that I want to share.  I found out that my youngest son's former kindergarten teacher will not be teaching kindergarten any longer, and she is heart broken about it.  As are many parents.  This teacher is warm and loving and somehow manages to get all of the children to give that little bit extra, she has a gift.  I spent every Monday for two years helping out in her classroom, it was a great place to hang out, make myself useful and enjoy the children.  I was exhausted at the end of each day, I am not quite sure how she does it with a smile and many kind words day in and day out.  The woman is tireless.  She will be missed, for she is just the kind of person you feel your babies deserve when they have to start this whole school thing.

Some of the parents from her current class are putting together an album of present and past classes, for her.  I know she will cry as I made her a mini album based on a song she taught the children for a teacher's gift one year.

I asked if I could contribute a layout from Timmy's SK class, back in 2009.

I had a little peek at the book on Saturday, the layouts were sweet but simple as there are so many to be created before the end of the school year.  So bearing in mind the feel of the book, I created this layout.....

Look at the art on the wall behind all the children, amazing, she has such a bright and beautiful classroom.

These papers have a little boy theme, but also reference numbers and wonder and discovery so I thought they were pretty perfect.

Timmy wrote little note for her.  It reads "I miss you and I wish I was still in your class, Love Timothy Whitaker', in his very neatest writing.  He has not loved school since he left her class, she made an impact for sure.

I know she will do a wonderful job teaching grade 1, but it is more than a little sad she cannot stay where her heart is.

Thank you for visiting.
Laura
xoxo



Thursday, June 28, 2012

No more pencils, No more books....

....no more teacher's dirty looks! (all jokes people!)

Hi there!

(note this is not a scrapbooking or card making post - just that of a mom who loves her little guy - though he may not translate it as such!)

Today is the last day of school here in South Western Ontario !  And I am happy to have my little guy home with me for the summer, we have lots of plans to swim, boat, play in the sand and have friends join us at our trailer!

But.... (there is always a 'but' people!) ....remember what I said about the "no more pencils, no more books", well not so much for my guy.  You see Timmy has recently been diagnosed with a couple of learning disabilities, we knew it.  In our heads we knew it and we sought out the diagnosis so that he will have the help he needs to achieve in school, next year and the years after that.  In our hearts, we hoped for the best, life can be hard enough... so who needs any extra struggles.

Without going into too many details, he basically has a processing issue, a memory issue, and a reading issue.  Thankfully, he excels in some areas too.  In both comprehension and math he scores well above the average kid.  I am thankful for this, as it makes him aware and bright and also gives him something that he can be truly proud of while he struggles to catch up in other areas.

So, during the summer we need to continue to do regular academic tasks.  We need to continue to read, often, because of his memory problem - he truly will lose a skill if he doesn't continue to repeat it - so all those little words that we read by memory as they don't really have a 'meaning' well he needs to read them more often to commit them into his long term memory.  He needs to continue to practice his writing as his penmanship leaves a little to be desired.  He needs to continue to practice portraying his thoughts in the written form; putting in punctuation, capitals, verbs, nouns etc., all where they belong.  He needs to practice his speech patterns and his story telling.  27 word run on sentences with no punctuation and random capitalization, just don't cut it!   ;)

Now comes my part, my job as his Mom is to come up with a fun, easy, quick way for him to do all of this.  Without him feeling like he is spending the day in school.  Still leaving loads of play time, time for adventures, exploring, having new experiences and making good memories.

I started out by making a list of things I needed / wanted to incorporate into this summer program.

-printing and pencil coordination
-reading
-journaling and story writing
-math (yes he is good at it so he should keep doing it to hone the skills and to have an activity that is easier for him)
-book reports

This is what I came up with when I incorporated all of these items.....

 I started out with an American Crafts 8.5x11 scrapbook album.
 Then I added in some extra inserts.... a reading log.
 Book report pages.
printing practice sheets
Pages with writing prompts and little drawing spots.
Subtraction sheets.
Addition sheets.
Multiplication
and  division.
 Drawing and doodling pages, really great for hand dexterity.  Thank you Pinterest for these particular sheets.
 And finally, some scrapbook pages, with journaling cards.

 I also gathered up some leftover scrapbooking supplies from my craft room.  So he can add some pizzazz to his pages.
 Then I gathered his scrapbooking tools, and added in a date stamp for fun.
 Can't forget the books.   This will make a good start, we can swap them out when we need to and there is a great little used book store not too far from our trailer park.
 And it all fits nicely into these two bins!  Perfectly portable, and compact.

 Now the goal is to make this an almost daily part of our routine.  Maybe after breakfast, while he is fresh... we'll see.  I want it to be quick 15-30 minutes, I want it to be flexible, I want him to mix up the tasks from day to day.  And I want it to be fun.  That is why I incorporated the scrapbooking element.  He loves crafting, and I am hoping he will enjoy it so much, he won't realize that I am making him write / journal!

In order to make it fun and current, I am adding these to his 'kit'....
 An Olympus rugged, waterproof (underwater) camera.  It takes fabulous outdoor photos, videos and can be used at the beach, in the lake or pool.   Great for boating as it has a floating strap. 

And an Epson Picturemate Charm photo printer, love this little baby!  I bought it with this project in mind, but heck, Mom can use it too, right?

I am hoping that his love of crafting and photo taking coupled with the ability to print pictures instantly - will push him to want to document his happenings.

I also have a couple of programs on his and my laptop, that he can work on too.

I have shown Timmy all of this, he didn't think it was too horrible, so wish us luck!  The things we do for our kids!  I am passionate about his academic success, but I am hoping that it doesn't translate to "my crazy mother pushes me too hard"  Really it is just about 'personal bests', finding, achieving and maintaining them.

If you are still here, thanks for sticking with me!  If you do anything like this for your children I would love to hear from you... am I missing something?  Do you have any advice?

Hah, I already remembered something that I forgot... pencils!   Off to get them now!

Thanks for visiting me today, I really appreciate it.

Laura
xoxo


















Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tutorial Wednesday - Cookies in a Jar

Hi there!

Happy Wednesday!  I have a neat little tutorial for you today, something a little out of the box.  We will be creating an 'Oatmeal cookies in a jar' gift item.

Do you remember last week when I showed how to make this tag?  Well today we are going to take this tag and kick it up a notch.

We are starting out with the kraft top tag, and a red hounds-tooth tag which are both the same size.

Now you are going to want to print this little instruction sheet.....
 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, beat 3/4 cup
plus 1 tbsp of butter, with 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of 
vanilla until  fluffy. Stir in the contents of the jar.
Drop cookies by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart
onto the prepared  cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10
minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on cookie sheets
for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool
completely. 


You are going to want to cut the instructions out one size smaller than your actual tag.

This is the die that I used for my tag, but really anything will do. You can even create your own handmade tag like I demonstrated on May 30th.


 Adhere your instructions to the back of the hounds-tooth tag.

 Now glam up the front of your tag a little bit!


 And tie it onto your jar of layered cookie mix with some twine and ribbon!  Now who wouldn't want to receive this sweet gift!  (I am taking a few of these up to my trailer for when I get the urge to bake during the summer.  It will save me from having to haul up all of the ingredients separately.

Oh, and in case you are interested, here is the recipe for the layered cookie mix (this fits a standard mason jar).

Oatmeal cookies in a jar
2 cups of oats
 2/3 cup of  all purpose flour
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
(as it says above, you will also add butter, egg and vanilla when you are ready to prepare the mix).

The important thing to remember is you want to layer the ingredients into the jar so that it looks nice too.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Playing along with Sweet n Sassy

hi there!

I had some free time yesterday so I created this card to play along with this week's Sweet n Sassy sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch....

And here is my take on it .....
 I coloured this sweet digi with my Copics to match these papers from MME.  The background is stamped with a Market Street Stamps wood grain stamp.  Loving the teal and orange together.

This digi is from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, isn't he darling!  Why do I think it's a he? Not sure, but his name is Cocoa!
I know you cannot tell in the photo but Cocoa is on a wobbler so he wiggles and jiggles when you hold the card... so fun, just like the person I am sending this card to!
A little bling is a good thing, right?
These are the Copic colours I used on the digi.

Thank you for popping in!  You know I love it when you do!
Laura
xoxo


Monday, June 25, 2012

Picture Perfect Memories - Let's Get Sketchy - BoBunny,

Hi there!

This is my second post of the day, if you are looking for my Made Especially for You post, please scroll down.

Monday's bring a new sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy!  And this week we played with one of my sketches!

Check it out....



And this is my take on it....




I also used a teal colour Mr. Huey's mist too.  I would say I did it because it helps tie in the colours and make the text paper less stark, but really that was a happy coincidence.  i just did it because i wanted to play with my Mr. Huey's!

Love the Tim Holtz ticket, this doesn't really count as true journaling but at least looking back he will know where he was!

I was going to do a alpha sticker title but this sticker worked perfectly.  And yes flowers on a page that is quite masculine... what the heck, I had them, they matched and the photos are taken outdoors in nature... that is not too much of a stretch, right?

Hop on over to Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with, and while you are at it why don't you play along for your chance at a great prize!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo




Made Especially for You Reveal - Heat Embossing Challenge



Hi all!

Happy Monday to you!  I have a new Made Especially for You reveal to share with you today.

We are challenging all of our entrants to add some heat embossing to their cards this week.  This is my take on this challenge....

 I embossed this flower stamp using teal and green embossing powders. The stamp and teal paper are CTMH, the green plaid paper is October Afternoon.  Embossing powders are Zing and SU.
 I created a second flower centre to pop up on top of the flower for a bit of dimension. 
 I couldn't decide where to add my sentiment, in the end I punched out this little 1 inch circle and added my sentiment to it, tying it onto the bow gives me a spot to place it but it doesn't take up any extra visual space.  I think leaving 'white' space is very important.

 The sponsor this week is Adams Acres.....
 They are offering a $10.00 gift certificate to their store for the lucky winner!


Thanks for visiting and I sure do hope you play along with us this week!  Don't forget to pop over to the Made Especially for You blog to see what the rest of the DT has created.

Laura
xoxo

Sunday, June 24, 2012

More fun news!

Hi there!

I hope you are all having a terrific weekend!  I was lucky to be able to attend a crop yesterday.  I completed two layouts, which I am happy about... especially since I spent so much time chit chatting and catching up with friends!

I have some more fun news to share with you too!  I was invited to join the sketch team over at Colorful Creations!  I am really looking forward to getting started.  They release a new sketch each week and for the month of July, my sketch will release on July 8th, so watch for that on the Colorful Creations site, you can also check back here where you will find he sketch... and if my schedule happens as planned, I will also post a layout I create based on my sketch!

thanks for visiting!

Laura
xoxo

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sketch-y Friday

Hi there!

It's Friday, woo hoo!  I have a new sketch to share with you.  I created this for ScrapMuch?.  They have a weekly sketch challenge going on, you should really pop over and check it out.  Who knows you might even with this month's prize if you play along!


Hope you like it, and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, June 21, 2012

So Excited! - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I want to share some fabulous news wit you!  I recently applied to be on the design team for Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits!  I have been following this site along for several months now and was fortunate enough to be able to shop in person from them at ScrapFest this past April, in Kitchener.  Honestly, I didn't know they were a Canadian company until then, so imagine my delight when I found out they were!

Anyway, Tuesday night I received an email inviting me to join the team!  Woot woot!  I was so excited, that I was busting at the seams... I really wanted on this team! lol Can you tell?  It was all I could do to wait the 2 days to share the news!

Thanks for visiting and I really hope you check out Boys Rule, their kits are super amazing.  For those of us that have boys and have a hard time finding papers and embellies that are perfect for boys of all ages not just babies and toddlers, this is a great source!

And because I don't wait to have a naked post, I will share this picture with you!

Yes, my silly dog loves the sprinkler as much as my youngest son does!


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tutorial Wednesday - DIY polaroids

Hi there!

It's is Wednesday, or hump day as some of us say.  The perfect day to get your creative juices flowing with a little tutorial.  Do you remember this layout I shared on Monday? 
I love this layout, it was a great sketch to work with.  It originally suggested a circular photo as the focal point, but I really have a hard time doing that.  It reminds me too much of my very early scrapbooking days that just well, make me cringe.

So I decided to do a faux Polaroid as a way of incorporating a smaller photo and keeping the scale of the sketch the same, and not having  to deal with my little phobia ;)  .

 To start off with, choose a photo that you can easily trim down to 4" x 4".
  Now cut a piece of cardstock to 4" x 4.5".  Then cut at 1/4" along the top and two sides and at the 3.75" mark at the bottom edge.

You should end up with something like this, it measures 4" x 4.5" on the outside and the top and sides measure .25", and the bottom edge measures .5".    
 Adding it over the top of your photo makes a cute retro inspired Polaroid!  A nice little twist on a traditional mat.

Hope you enjoyed this fun little tutorial!

Thanks for visiting, you know I love it when you do!
Laura
xoxo







Monday, June 18, 2012

He is All That - Let's Get Sketchy - My MInd's Eye,

Hi there!

This is my second post of the day, if you are looking for my Made Especially for You post, please scroll down.

Monday's bring great new sketches over at Let's Get Sketchy!  And today is no exception.  All you have to do for your chance to win is play along with at least 2 of this month's sketches!

Here is this week's sketch, created by fellow DT member Tabitha....


And this is my take on it....
I loved working with this sketch, it is fairly outside of my 'box', and so allowed me to sample a little bit with still using my usual plethora of embellies and details but keeping lots of 'white' space.  This MME collection was so fun and pretty to play with.  Because i love banners or 'fish tails', I couldn't help but add a little vellum one to this layout.

I added texture with cork and chipboard, I also love using my Tiny Attacher.

Somehow, this little AC button was leftover from a precious project... it was perfect here.

The title is a mixture of Authentique and Doodlebug alphas, I just had to poke a little fun at his silly pose!

Love this little wood butterfly form CTMH.


Hop on over to Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with, and while you are at it why don't you play along for your chance at a great prize!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo