Journal Cover

27 Aug

Here is my journal cover.  I used wool felt for the outside.  The flower is three-dimensional with beads in the middle. Most of the stitching is done by machine except for the blanket stitching around the edges.  If the holes for the rings look a little off-center to you, that is because they are. I wanted to use my three-ring punch (yes I only using two holes) to punch my paper for the journal.  It was a hard battle between balance and ease.  Ease won.  I still have a few more ideas for adding decoration, but for right now it is ready to start adding journal pages.
journal outsidejournal inside

 

Art Journal cover part 1

12 Aug

It has been a very busy summer.  My parents have been in need of extra help so I have been traveling between their home and mine most of the summer.  On top of that my husband and I are trying to get our home ready to sell.  Lots of painting going on.  Even with all of that I have found a little time to work on my art journal.  Here is my plan for the cover.  Still: Living came up with this idea for a soft cover book.  I took that idea and I am in the process of making the cover for my art journal.  I have the basics done, I am now doing the handwork. I wanted a cover that I could add the pages to, that way I have the freedom to use paper or fabric or anything I can put holes in. I will post pictures when completed.  These pictures are from Still: Living.

Still: Living

Art Journal

20 Jul

Well life has taking a different path than the one I thought was going to work.  I will not be teaching in the fall.  So to keep myself occupied I have decided to make an art journal.  I really try to do some kind of art work everyday and I think this will be a fun adventure.  Here are a couple of ideas I am using to get started.

December Daily 2009 | Cover

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From Amy Powers’ Inspire Co

Chad Alice Hagen have workshops on felting and I love the cover they make for books..

Helpful Resources

16 Jul

Harper Collins Children has a web link with work pages for popular children’s books.  I may not always use their work sheets, but they do give me ideas on what I can and will use.

Teachers Pays Teachers is another great site for lesson plans.  They do have some free ones available for us on a stricter budget.  A lot of teachers have shared ideas and creativity that works for them.

If you have a favorite book, search the publisher on line. They may have ideas to go along with story.

Sharks

1 Jul

Shark week is coming July 5th.  Are you ready?  Cute craft from JDaniels4 Mom to make for your shark enthusiast.
Arts and Crafts for Kids- Pool Noodle Shark (Fin)

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

1 Jun

Jan Thomas writes some very fun books.  One of the classroom favorites is “Rhyming Dust Bunnies.”  Do a web search and you can find all sorts of different work sheets and craft activities using Jan Thomas book.  Here are a few ideas.

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Hidden Words

29 May

I love this idea from First Grade Adventure and I am pretty sure my class will love it too.  I think I may write the words on the page in white crayon and then they can use the marker to find the hidden words.  I have a small class so this will be easy for me to do.

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