5:52 PM

Pick me, pick me!!!

WOOT!! WOOT!! I just found out that I've been chosen for the DT at Scraptacular Images, the sweetest little LSS in Sussex, NB. They also have a forum and an online store with lots of great deals. Here are the layout submissions I used for my application. The first one had to be made specifically for this DT call and was to be based on this sketch:

So I used Rhett's kindergarten picture and did the first "school" page of many, I'm sure.

My other two submissions were just two of my recent favorites. This first one is actually the LO that got my eliminated from the SYTYCS contest. I love this picture of Sutter snoozing on the potty...I'm sure he won't feel the same way when he gets older. The title is a little tongue-in-cheek, I guess. I liked the hilarious and inappropriate photo mixed with the elegance of the layout and the lullabye. I don't know if you can see it in the photo or not, but the paper used for the birds actually has the sheet music for "Hush Little Baby" printed on it.

And this one is just cute. No real reason....

So, needless to say, I'm pretty excited. I can't wait to get started with the challenges and kits!! Bring it on SI!

6:24 PM

Scrapbooking in French class????

So, my 9/10 advanced French students handed in some poster projects just before the break and I was shocked at how little they understood about design. I guess it has something to do with not seeing print media as often as I did growing up since computers are so important now. So today, instead of actually teaching French, we had a quick lesson on the basics of design (lines, balance, color, consistency, etc.). When I was done and we had looked at some examples, I gave them all a sheet of paper with 4 photos and some info about the author of the novel that we are about to begin. They had to use it to make a mini-poster (8 1/2 X 11). Anway, all I can say is wow! The difference between what they did before and what they produced today is staggering.

It is funny that, as teachers, we worry about teaching the curriculum, but we forget that there are skills along the way that never get taught. I don't know how many times I've assigned a poster project and gave some marks to creativity or attractiveness of the poster but never showed them how to actually DO a poster. And one little class can make a huge difference on many projects in all of their classes in the future. Just struck me as a pretty cool moment when they handed in their 2nd poster. And they were all so proud of their work as well even though I told them it wouldn't be marked.

Anyway, in other news, I have a LO to show you. It has been soooo long since I participated in a 1 hour sketch challenge. Tonight I did one on the Scraptacular Images forum and it was lots of fun. Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it....

Isn't Rhett's little friend the most adorable thing? He was over for a playdate and we had a little photoshoot so they could have a pic of each other for their rooms....and I may have wanted one for a LO....

4:31 PM

Great while it lasted...

So, I didn't make it as far as I had hoped for the SYTYCS contest at LCOM. I got through to Week 6. My take on "All About Me" (week 5) was a bit of a funky layout about my tattoo. I didn't really like it at first, but it is growing on me...

The layout that got me eliminated was actually my favorite LO in a long time. So even if it got me booted, I'm really happy I did it. It was "Tinkie Style" based on Tanya Munn's style and using Pink and Black. Without the challenge, I likely wouldn't have done it, so I can't complain. It was a super fun contest! The girls who are still there (6, I think) are super talented.

I can't post my Week 6 "Tinkie Style" LO, because I am actually using it as part of my application to a new DT. Scraptacular Images is the cutest little LSS in Sussex, NB, where my parents live. I visited it for the first time just after Christmas and I haven't made a trip to Mom and Dad's without stopping in since then. It is small, but it has tons of great deals and cool stuff packed in to a small space. They also have an online store and a forum. Check them out: Store and Forum.

In other GREAT news, I'm going to be published again. Check me out in the next issue of Canadian Scrapbooker!!! They picked up one of my layouts based on a wood theme that they posted.

Hopefully, I'll have more good news about the DT application next time....