Saturday, June 29, 2013

Another Good-Bye To A School Year

Another 10 months have gone by and another school year has come to an end! I had a class that was very lovey and challenging all at the same time! But, as always with every new group, I learned so much about myself as an educator,  how students are changing, and what changes in teaching strategies are necessary to adapt to the differing needs of my students. 

The end of this year is particularly different for two reasons. The first one being that I am going to be off for a year maternity leave. Right now it is hard to fathom because it feels like just a regular weekend or summer vacation. In September when everyone else starts the school year, I will be adjusting to new challenges of being a mother.

 The second reason this year end is different is the fact that I had to say good-bye to a very special mentor and principal. We have worked together for 8 years! I was a fresh new teacher who had only worked in two other assignments at two different schools when we began working together, and she was a fresh new principal. So, we were learning together and she was such an amazing support! I shed tears when I was writing her a farewell and appreciation letter, and she teared up reading the letter. However, when we said good-bye yesterday we were both strong and didn't shed a tear. I received two very special gifts from my principal including her Believe Word decoration and a believe word book! These are to remind me to believe in myself, my students, colleagues, and in life that our wishes will come true! I took it home to keep on my mantle, but hope to have a very special place for it in my classroom when I return to work! It was a very kind keepsake to receive, as it will remind me of our work together and the lessons that I learned.

The summer is here and I have no idea what I will get up to today or the next few days! But, the temperature is rising, so I know that I am going to have to keep cool and drink lots of water!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Crafty Day

My has it been a long time since I have had a chance to play in my craft studio! However, the absence from the space has now been broken! I completed a few projects that I had not completed, and made a few new ones! I completed three cards for a gift set, two thank-you cards, and this special retirement card for a very special principal. It was sure a lot of fun to play! My room is quite a disaster. I am going to try and get it all cleaned up once I am off from work! 

I have a few projects that I want to do before the baby comes:

1. Owl Tags for Change Table Baskets.
2. Month clothes dividers
3. Picture Frame for Baby's room with double page layout
4. Wedding Layouts
5. Wedding Card for my sister
6. Welcome to your new home card.
7. Bridal Shower Cards
8. Baby Thankyou Cards

Baby Book and Project Life

So, I have been thinking about different ways to do a baby scrapbook. Do I get started early and make some pages ahead of time that I know I will use? Do I just go the simple route and buy a pre-packaged book like my mother made for me, which can be later put into a scrapbook? Do I make little mini albums? Or, do I dive Into project life and combine regular Scrapbooking with the project life style? Since I  take so many more pictures today with digital cameras, I need a way to document my baby's life without getting too overwhelmed! I want to have my baby's first year well documented, but I am also realistic that I am going to very busy caring for my new baby! As a first time mom I  don't know what to expect, but I want to be able to have some journaled memories and pictures together!

As these questions swirl around in my head, I decided to take charge and go to YouTube for videos, pinterest for samples, and my favorite message board two peas for the answer! What would we do without all these resources? I looked over the different ideas, and it looks like you can make project life as crafty or creative as you like or as simple as you like! There are many companies out there that are trying to appeal to this new wave of Scrapbooking! It started with WeRMemory Keepers and now Becky Higgins has paired up with American Crafts for a whole line devoted to project life. There is a version called SNAP, which is a mini version of project life! Finally, I discovered Me and My Big Ideas has there own project line! . And finally, there are a range of Smashbook products that can be integrated  into this new form of Scrapbooking! Smash is almost a retro look at Scrapbooking with new twists!  Now of course with everything Scrapbooking you can purchase kits and go to town using pre-made product. Or you can go the, I made it myself route! The premade route is a little challenging at the moment because everything is either all boy or all girl. My little bump at the moment is a surprise, so I am unable to plan ahead with gender specific colours! 

I went to Michaels yesterday the first time in over five months! I had discovered through my research that I would be able to access a lot of this product at Michaels! My husband was astonished how much time I had actually spent in the store! To be honest, I surprised myself! I was In there an hour discovering all the new goodies! 

So, I have decided to do a combination of project life style with regular Scrapbooking! I have decided to buy a bit of pre-purchased product that will work for project life, and make some of my own! I am going to go through the fabulous stash I have home, and pull items that will work well with project life! I am going to purchase the WeRMemory keepers pages from a friend of mine! She changed her mind with project life! I will be able to use these pages to get going on my project! I will buy a gender specific book after the baby comes! Or, possibly find a gender neutral baby book at my LSS! 

Here is a pick of the goodies I plan on using!

In this picture the owl glitter paper is for a picture frame for the baby's room.  I am going to pre-make a double 12x12 layout that will be framed in the room? The Mambi card pack and the pocket pages are for the project life book! The  k & Company baby papers were on clearance, so I bought both since I don't know what I am having! I am told that the smaller print papers are great for project life! So,I will use those stacks for project life or baby cards! Finally the stamps are cute and general and I thought they would be great for making project life pocket cards that I design myself! 

I am looking forward to this new crafty challenge and hope that I can share small aspects of it with you!

The pages I am using are the ones below titled WeR Memory Keepers!

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