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I don’t usually mess with wet mediums – fabric and paper are my preferred materials for creative processing.  But I got this little paper sample book and I do have a bottle of gesso and I have been browsing this magazine all summer so I thought, maybe this is the thing I need to do now.  I am heading back to work today – just a few hours for the first few days, but I need something to pull me back to the “not at work” state of mind.  So far I have prepped about half the pages inside and will do the rest tonight.  Not sure what will go into this little art journal but I am inspired by so many things, especially the work of this fellow teacher.

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Some time ago, I saw an idea that has stuck with me and last weekend I saw a picture that would be perfect for photo journaling.  Now I want to grab my camera and look for more picture opportunities that create this space for words.

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I have two places to write it down.  The first is my book of lists.  I have been using this for about a month and it is saving me from the end of the school year brain fade.  I found four of these little moleskine notebooks in a drawer so I am planning to make use of them for my listmaking.  The second notebook is my moleskine monthly planner.  I love the format – a two page calendar and then two pages of ruled paper.  This year I have added a bit of color.  I have been using colored pencils to designate special days or events.  Last month I even used a grey pencil to color in a few really crummy days.  It only takes a quick glance to see how I was feeling.  I use the ruled pages for journaling.  Not too much, just enough.  Just a few more weeks and summer begins.  I  hope I get to use some sunny colors soon.

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What a fun week!  I got much more comfortable with pulling my camera out in odd places and even used my self timer to get some shots.  I used a small moleskine for daily reflections and To-Do lists so I have notes.  Now I will need to find some time to print photos and make my pages.  Can’t wait to see how Ali’s book comes together.

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Ali has begun posting her preparations for the Week in a Life project that begins on April 19.  I dug through my scrapbooking supplies and found a 6×6 journal with a bunch of page protectors.  One set of page protectors was a bit shorter so I decided they would be good for the journal pages.  I used my machine to stitch them down to a 4×6 size.  This way I can journal right on index cards.  I also found a bunch of supplies about play and time so I pulled them out.  If you are thinking about doing this project, be sure to visit Ali and sew how she is getting ready.

If you want to read more Slice of Life stories or learn about telling your own story, visit TwoWriting Teachers.

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I have been reading Ali Edwards’ blog for a long time and I have always wanted to take a class from her.  One of the things she does so well is to record the ordinary moments in life.  And soon she will be creating a new album based on an ordinary week.  This isn’t an online class but she will be going through all of the steps as she takes pictures and records her week.  And the timing is just screaming out to me, right on the heels of the Slice of Life challenge.  So, I am planning to take the challenge.  Today I am going to sort through my supplies – I know I must have an album in my collection that will be perfect for this project.  Visit Ali’s blog for more information.

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I am continually disappointed when I go out to look for greeting cards.  The messages are sappy or silly.  The prices are crazy.  The quality is declining.  So I end up making my own cards.  I am on the deacon board at church and have a group of people that I check in with, offering help and support and bit of cheer.  I decided that I would make my own Easter cards this year.  I found this wonderful box of blank cards and used my printer to create a message on the inside.  I have a Happy Easter stamp for the front and a small flower stamp for the envelope.  Today I just need to get the addresses on and drop them at the post office.  I am so happy with the way they turned out that I am going to look for another box of cards and print up a few different messages inside so I won’t need to go through the time-consuming, frustrating process of card hunting for a few months.

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