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Learning Letters

It’s not often that I blog about personal issues. I’m a private person and I don’t like putting my business out there for the world to read. This, however, is a story that I want to record.  Our little guy, P is struggling in school. While M learned her letters with no issues, P has been working at it for two years now and before two weeks ago, he only know 6 letters. He can write his name (a huge source of pride for him and us) but he really has no idea what each of the letters are. He will even spell his name, but if you ask him a letter in the middle, he doesn’t have a clue. Recently we attended parent teacher conference, and as we already suspected, P is not ready to go to kindergarden in the fall. The teachers also expressed great concern that he may have ADHD, though a diagnosis before the age of 6 or 7 is really rare. We’re not ready to label him as anything other than our funny, bouncy little boy so we are waiting until the fall for an formal evaluation.

For now,  we are stepping up our teaching. Ed has taken the lead and works constantly with him. Every 30-45 minutes for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. In two weeks, we have added 5 new letters to his original 6. It’s truly incredible.  The best part is that he is now seeing letters on the TV, magazines, and when we are out and getting excited that he knows some of them. It’s really such an amazing thing to see your son’s eyes really open for the first time and see it starting to click. He also wants to learn. Last night, he went and got a magna doodle and started writing all the letters he knows. We spent a good 30 minutes talking about letters and what sounds they make. He also now knows that his name starts with P and ends with N and he can tell you that! I know it seems small, but for a little one that couldn’t do that a month ago, it’s huge.

We know that he will probably always struggle with school work, but we are making progress, and progress is something to be proud of. He’s such a sweet little guy and it pains me to see him struggle. I guess that is what loving your children is all about, pain in their struggles and joy in their triumphs. May he see many more triumphs than struggles and infinitely more joy than pain.

Having fun with Molding Paste

I’m back with some more fun created from all I have learned from Wilna Furstenberg’s Art Class and Art Class 2. Today I’m sharing my experiment with molding paste. I tinted it with just a bit of Studio Calico Boss Lady Mister Huey and I just love the result. Wilna provided the template to make the alphabets in class and it was so cute, I decided just to go with it. Here are the results.

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Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basic Papers, Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party (all patterns), Diecuts: America Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Stickers: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Pen: American Crafts Precision Pen .05, Thread: Coats and Clark, Sewing Machine: Singer, Molding Paste: Golden, Mist: Mister Huey Boss Lady, Tags: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Alphabets: Sassafras Lass (Blue Glitter), Studio Calico (Pink Chipboard), Twine: The Twinery, Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots, Typewriter: Smith Corona.

Here are a few close ups showing the dimension on the letters, just gorgeous!

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Happy Friday!

Patricia - Oh I love those tiny alphas. This is so awesome! The kids look so little in this picture too!

Thank you, Missy, for stopping by my blog. Happy new year!

PaperHaus Winter Frolic Blog Hop Day 8.

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 Welcome to Day 8 Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from Jennifer Grace’s Blog.  We are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine but also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and inspiration!

If you haven’t read the issue yet, and I highly recommend that you do, just click the photo below to be taken directly to the magazine.

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Here is the layout that I created for this hop!

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Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (12 Days of Christmas, blue dot, Just Dreamy 2, dark brown), Basic Grey (Aspen Frost, white washed wood), Lily Bee Designs (Christmas Cheer, red dot), Diecut Cards: Pink Paislee City Sidewalks), Red Sequins: Unknown, Brad: Carta Bella Merry and Bright, Stickers: Echo Park Paper This and That Christmas, Cut Aparts: Chic Tags 25 Days, Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots, Twine: My Mind’s Eye: Find your Wings and Fly, Buttons: Unknown, Alphabets: American Crafts (Thickers, red glitter, Simple Stories Sn@p, blue), Typewriter: Smith Corona.

Here are a few close ups.

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Your next stop is Georgia Heald’s blog.

Happy Sunday!

Our blog hop will run from December 1st to December 12th! Be sure to stop each day and leave a comment each day to win some fabulous prizes by our lovely sponsors! Don’t forget to check out the Winter Issue for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and some amazing projects from our contributing team!

Heaney - a very beautiful layout indeed! I like chevron patterned background paper and the adding of twine to it.

- this is too cute :)

barbara macaskill - What an adorable layout! TFS!

Sarah M - Those pictures are adorable! I love the doily border too!

Annie Claxton - This is such a fun festive page – and sych a cute little reindeer! :o)

Vicki Parker - What a cute little reindeer and a lovely layout. :)

Robin Delaney Hanning - LOVE your layout! I especially like the typed note.

Mommyx2 - I love your layout. So cute and wonderful pictures!

marylouh - It is so wonderful when they feel like being little “hams”. Cute pictures. Will be a great memory to look back on someday.

SiódmyAnioł - Wyjątkowo sympatyczny layout!

Astrid G - Soooo lovely this layout, i liked it.
Hugs Astrid

Stokely - I love that you wrote the journaling as a letter!

Cat Graves - Beautiful layout…I don’t scrapbook but am becoming more and more interested! Thanks for the chance to win!

Pam Ellis - What an adorable page! Cutest reindeer ever! Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season! :)http://mybeaner.blogspot.ca/

Laura G.Turcotte - What a great layout!

Helen - Love the layout, the little dude is very cute too xx

Kim MacLean - Very cute layout!!

Beachcomber - Cute layout. Love the use of colors and patterns.

Jeanann Cavalier - This is a fabulous layout. I love that you incorporated different poses on one page and the title and journaling are perfect! Love it.

butterfly - What adorable photos – and the vibrant layout lets them really shine. Love the vintage typeface on the kraft for the journalling – so cute!
Alison x

Carla Hundley - Cute layout. I like
the cutouts and the
striped paper line
on it.
Carla from Utah

kath White - Awwww, this is precious! Such a cutie.

Diana Fernandez - What adoreable pics!!! Your little reindeer is super cute!

Creative Tara - This layout is adorable! This is my first look at Paper Haus magazine and I love it… can’t wait to see more!

Julene Matthews - Gorgeous photos of Peyton and his Christmas jumper.lOve that layout too :)

Pam D. - What cute pic’s !! Made a great LO !

Dana N. - I love your layout! The colors but most especially the glitter letters.

Shari Czerwinski - Super cute layout!

Debbie L Gregory - Darling layout and like all the different layers of paper, diecuts and tags.

Beatrice Lawson - Your sweet pictures just shine, love this LO! Adorable reindeer!

Carmen - I really like those glitter letters!

Paula - Great layout :) what awesome inspiration!

Paula

Robin Buchholz - Pretty layout! I love the colors and the layering, thanks for sharing.

Frances - Love it all and especially love the sequins at the bottom.

karenladd - This layout is so fun! Love the colors you used and that bit of twine!

Lucy E. - Such an adorable layout! Those pictures are priceless!

Janetta Zeimetz - Adorable layout!

Eila Sandberg - I have to be a parrot and chime in with the previous ladies – this really is such an adorable page!! your little man certainly is the sweetest little reindeer! xoxo

chark - that is the cutest reindeer and reindeer layout too!

Beverly Jordan - His expressions on his face are priceless! Wonderful layout, too!

Denise Luscan - So adorable!

selena - une trs jolie page aux couleurs hivernales!

pooja - Its beautiful !

pooja - The sunburst Pattern looks fab and I loved the scallop circle banner too !

Monica Lowrance - So super cute!!!

Avonlea - Your layout is stunning! I love the design and the strip of photos and the typewriter journalling! So special!

Sarah Lynch - Yes Peyton is the cutest little reindeer!!

Marie M. - I love the doilies added to your cute layout.

Janis in ID - Totally adorable. What a moment to capture and treasure!!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Mary Brockway - Lovely LO. Thanks for the inspiration!

Christina L - So pretty so clean LO!!!!!Loved it!

Nicole Doiron - This is too precious!

Art Class

I’m not one to usually recommend products or classes, but after taking both Art Class and Art Class 2 at Two Peas in a Bucket, I can’t help myself.

As a linear and non-technique driven scrapper I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical about these classes to say the least. Paint? Mist? Gesso? No no. But somehow I found myself signing up for class 1 about four months after it started. I think it was a function of the fact that I had done zero scrapbooking for about 5 months. My mojo was shot and my supplies were looking lonely. I guess I figured, what the heck, why not splash some paint around. Perhaps I also wasn’t feeling well that day (just kidding). Whatever the reason, from the moment I watched the first video, I was hooked. Scrapbooking could be fun again! I could repurpose all those 2-5 year old supplies that I have been hording until they were no longer in style and I didn’t want to use them. I also had enough knowledge of what I like and what I don’t in my own layouts to know how to try these techniques without making pages that didn’t feel me.

Here is the first layout I made.

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Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: Studio Calico Print Shop, Vellum: Studio Calico Print Shop, Corrugated Hearts: Jillibean Soup, Cork: Studio Calico Print Shop, Gesso: Golden, Typewriter: Smith Corona, Adhesive: Xyron, 3M, Alphabet: Heidi Swapp

For this layout I layered a bunch of old Jillibean Soup corrugated shapes onto some white cardstock. Then I covered the entire thing with a thick layer of gesso. While I kept the gesso it’s original color, you could easily tint it with mist, ink or even food coloring. Now I have an entirely new custom patterned paper.

I added vellum and cork shapes over the hearts to complete this side of the layout. I opted to leave the remainder of the page rather plain to keep my custom paper the star of this show.

Here are a few close ups of the details and journaling.

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Happy Thursday!

 

PaperHaus Winter 2013 Issue

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PaperHaus Winter 2013 Issue is Live today!

My Top Ten article is on pages 111-112, and the Dream Sketch starts  on page 44 (shout out to all the contributors that contributed layouts based on the sketch, they are amazing!)

Be sure to check out our blog hop that is going on everyday until December 12.

Cat Graves - What an incredibly beautiful cover!!!

Frances Peets - Love your LO! Love the how busy it is and then all the quiet space too! Really great typed font for your journaling!