digital scrapbooking / HOMESCHOOLING

digital scrapbooking with kids?

I have to confess, I've never thought of myself as the scrapbooking type. Too cutesy, maybe? Too many things to buy to get started? I'm not sure what exactly….

But when I discovered ali edward's blog, and saw some of the things she was creating, it started to stir a little interest in me. I thought, "I kind of like that. I want to do something like that!"

And then this summer when I went to lunch at my grandmother's and my dad mentioned, "Oh, your second cousin (once removed, or something) Katie is going to be at lunch today. And I think she's a blogger, too." and that "blog" turned out to be designer digitals, and she turned out to be the founder/designer/owner….well….a whole lot MORE interest was piqued.

And then Katie and I started talking and brainstorming….and then we started thinking about the fact that I homeschool…and then all of a sudden I couldn't stop thinking of all the ways I could use digital scrapbooking with the girls and with the things we were learning.

When they ached to do something on the computer, we could sit down together and do something a little more creative and interactive. And we could talk and create. And I could nonchalantly assess what they were learning and remembering….and….and…..

trying something new: Emma's version

So, at this point there is a big gap between my ideas and my skills. But we're dipping our toes in the water around here. I've got lots of ideas, and I'm slowly bringing them together.

And with all the big egg news of late, it seemed like the obvious place to start.

I give you our first dip into the world of digital scrapbooking. For now, I see us creating pages that are reflective. A collection of daily journals, highlights, moments from our day, things we don't want to forget.

trying something new: Mary's version

For these pages, I created the layout and the backgrounds. The girls dictated the text to me and chose some of the colors. And it was a lot of fun. Emma has been designing pages in her own journal, with pencil and paper. Things that she wants to turn into digital scrapbook pages. She's writing things down and drawing pictures and making plans.

I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

The details:
Background: Little Forest Friends Kit
Eggs! text: Wynken, Blynken and Nod Kit
Hanging Tags No. 1
Hinged Frames No. 3
Date Strips No.3
(chicken prints via google images with a litle tweaking)

I have to confess, I've never thought of myself as the scrapbooking type. Too cutesy, maybe? Too many things to buy to get started? I'm not sure what exactly….

But when I discovered ali edward's blog, and saw some of the things she was creating, it started to stir a little interest in me. I thought, "I kind of like that. I want to do something like that!"

And then this summer when I went to lunch at my grandmother's and my dad mentioned, "Oh, your second cousin (once removed, or something) Katie is going to be at lunch today. And I think she's a blogger, too." and that "blog" turned out to be designer digitals, and she turned out to be the founder/designer/owner….well….a whole lot MORE interest was piqued.

And then Katie and I started talking and brainstorming….and then we started thinking about the fact that I homeschool…and then all of a sudden I couldn't stop thinking of all the ways I could use digital scrapbooking with the girls and with the things we were learning.

When they ached to do something on the computer, we could sit down together and do something a little more creative and interactive. And we could talk and create. And I could nonchalantly assess what they were learning and remembering….and….and…..

trying something new: Emma's version

So, at this point there is a big gap between my ideas and my skills. But we're dipping our toes in the water around here. I've got lots of ideas, and I'm slowly bringing them together.

And with all the big egg news of late, it seemed like the obvious place to start.

I give you our first dip into the world of digital scrapbooking. For now, I see us creating pages that are reflective. A collection of daily journals, highlights, moments from our day, things we don't want to forget.

trying something new: Mary's version

For these pages, I created the layout and the backgrounds. The girls dictated the text to me and chose some of the colors. And it was a lot of fun. Emma has been designing pages in her own journal, with pencil and paper. Things that she wants to turn into digital scrapbook pages. She's writing things down and drawing pictures and making plans.

I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

The details:
Background: Little Forest Friends Kit
Eggs! text: Wynken, Blynken and Nod Kit
Hanging Tags No. 1
Hinged Frames No. 3
Date Strips No.3
(chicken prints via google images with a litle tweaking)

animal kingdom / LIVING WELL

little mysteries

I'm just popping in tonight to say thank you for your thoughts and comments you shared on yesterday's post. Once again, I woke up with that urge to hit the delete button and keep that post to myself, but your words and understanding made me glad that I didn't. Thank you for taking a moment to read my thoughts and my frustrations, for understanding my perspective and sharing in my joys and trials.

My gratitude is swelling up and over flowing.

I was listening to a song tonight by Josh Garrels*. And the first lines seemed to sum it all up well:

Learn this lesson well, my friend.
There's a time to rejoice and lament.
Every season will find an end.
All will fade and be made new again.

little mysteries

Meanwhile, Emma brought this bird nest in to me on Saturday when high winds were doing things like pulling down branches and knocking out internet connections.

little mysteries

How can I look at this and not be amazed? The shape. The weaving of horse hairs, no doubt collected from the neighbor's fields. Pieces of orange twine that wrap the round bales in our other neighbor's pasture.

little mysteries

How do they do it?

These tiny little birds. With no pattern, no frame, no extra set of hands. It is beautiful. And amazing. And breathtaking. And awe-inspiring.

* I cannot say how much this latest CD
from Josh Garrels is getting to me lately. The music is poetic and has such depth. He paints pictures with the sounds and the words. It is so good. So true. So pure.
I especially like Jacaranda Tree :: The Original Spacefan :: Don't Wait for Me ::

I'm just popping in tonight to say thank you for your thoughts and comments you shared on yesterday's post. Once again, I woke up with that urge to hit the delete button and keep that post to myself, but your words and understanding made me glad that I didn't. Thank you for taking a moment to read my thoughts and my frustrations, for understanding my perspective and sharing in my joys and trials.

My gratitude is swelling up and over flowing.

I was listening to a song tonight by Josh Garrels*. And the first lines seemed to sum it all up well:

Learn this lesson well, my friend.
There's a time to rejoice and lament.
Every season will find an end.
All will fade and be made new again.

little mysteries

Meanwhile, Emma brought this bird nest in to me on Saturday when high winds were doing things like pulling down branches and knocking out internet connections.

little mysteries

How can I look at this and not be amazed? The shape. The weaving of horse hairs, no doubt collected from the neighbor's fields. Pieces of orange twine that wrap the round bales in our other neighbor's pasture.

little mysteries

How do they do it?

These tiny little birds. With no pattern, no frame, no extra set of hands. It is beautiful. And amazing. And breathtaking. And awe-inspiring.

* I cannot say how much this latest CD
from Josh Garrels is getting to me lately. The music is poetic and has such depth. He paints pictures with the sounds and the words. It is so good. So true. So pure.
I especially like Jacaranda Tree :: The Original Spacefan :: Don't Wait for Me ::