halloween photo cubes

Halloween photo cubes-1Another holiday, another excuse for photo cubes. Can you hear me singing “I just can’t get enough?”. You can see my other cubes here and here.

Halloween cube photo ideas:

costumes
pumpkin patch adventures
pumpkin carving
Halloween carnivals
Halloween/ costume parties
Halloween art
spooky looking skies

Start by using 2″ square cubes from Michaels, JoAnn’s or even online.  Cut various patterned Halloween paper into 2″ x 2″ squares. Find those precious October/ Halloween photos and cut into 2″ x 2″ squares. Adhere with Modge Podge or Aleene’s tacky glue using a foam brush. Finally, you have the perfect Halloween keepsake for a table or shelf.

 

thought provoking questions

Have you seen this book? A Question and Answer a Day for Kids- a three year journal Question a Day-1

We started this book back in June and we have been having a blast with it. Every night (or almost every night) we pull out this book and ask Harry the question of the day. There is a question every day for 365 days and then it repeats for 3 years. I can’t wait to see how the answers change through the years. This book has prompted incredible conversations. And leaving it permanently on the dining room table allows us to not forget. Here are some of my favorite questions/responses (so far):

Q: Which three words do you like the sound of:
A: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolconiosis , slick and caramelQuestion a Day-2

Q: ________is so funny.
A: My parents. They make silly mistakes that we can all laugh at together.Question a Day-3

Q: Describe your pet or a pet you’d like to have:
A: brown, furry cat, Mainecoon. Small. Has some flecks of orange. Small and stays small with green eyes. Playful, energetic but always ready to snuggle and be petted.Question a Day-4

Q: What song do you like to sing? Why?
A: Dynamite. It is a nice fitting song and it has been with me quite a while.

Q: Is there something you can’t stop thinking about? What is it?
A: Rainbow Loom – making my Chinese DragonQuestion a Day-5

We are having so much fun with this book, I am also thinking about this one for me, Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal and this one for Patrick and I, Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People.

 

cubes – fourth of july style

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Wondering what to do with all those Fourth of July photos?  Cubes are a great way to go. These cubes incorporate Fourth Of July’s over several years.

You might also add photos of:

  • fireworks
  • flags
  • details on bikes
  • parades
  • food
  • clothing/hats
  • traditions

You can pick up 2″ blocks at Michael’s, print some photos, find some red,white and blue paper, and adhere it all the blocks. Quick, easy and a fun decoration to add your summer decor.

 

 

inspire.create.discover.learn

Summer Fun-1Summer is here. School is out. It’s time to relax a little.

But with summer comes the “I’m bored.”  Several years ago, I created a book/binder for my son filled with ideas, inspiration, how-to’s, anything that came to mind to stop the words “I’m bored” ever being uttered out of his precious mouth. The book was a huge success so I decided to update and expand it.

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My goal was not to tell him what to do, but rather to inspire him to make, to do, to try, etc.

Here are some possible ideas to include:

1. Reminding them about toys/kits that are in their closet.

2. Pinterest has a wealth of ideas for projects/art  – zentangles, cork art, recycled art, string art, paint techniques, duct tape creations, rainbow loom creatures, fuse beads
(perler beads) patterns, bubbles

3. Websites with great projects:

4. Try new things –  make a comic, play in Garage Band, Art RageSketch Up, Scratch Programming, learn Adobe Photoshop, Khan Academy, Geocaching, learn coding at www.code.org, learn to play solitaire, Pokemon or Magic the Gathering, a random act of kindness

5. Learn – about an animal, a place you want to go, a time in history, Harry Potter spells

There are so many ideas you can put in a book like this – it is limitless.

Here is a little of what Harry’s Book of Summer Fun looks like:

A list of 100 Ideas:Summer Fun-3 Summer Fun-4 Summer Fun-5 Summer Fun-6

Added tabs for items with more information or photos.Summer Fun-7 Summer Fun-31 Summer Fun-8

How to make a Zentangle. (doodling)Summer Fun-9

pattern examples.Summer Fun-12

 

Inspiration.Summer Fun-13

More inspiration.Summer Fun-11

Something a little different with doodling.Summer Fun-10

Examples of what to do with old trash and broken branches.Summer Fun-14 Summer Fun-15

Science experiments.Summer Fun-16

Reminding my son about the cool stuff in his closet.Summer Fun-17

Yes, even Minecraft but with challenges!!Summer Fun-18

String Art.Summer Fun-19

Fuse beads (Perler Beads).Summer Fun-20

Pet Rock.Summer Fun-21

Admitting the embarrassing amount of corks my son insists on collecting.Summer Fun-22

Combining recycled objects and robots.Summer Fun-23

Paint ideas.Summer Fun-24

Duct Tape.Summer Fun-25

Shadow Puppets.Summer Fun-27

A shadow box with Lego guys.Summer Fun-28

And here is Harry already creating from his new book. He has already admitted there is no way that there is enough time to create, discover, learn all the fun stuff in the next 3 months.Summer Fun-30

 

Enjoy summer!!!

 

 

 

 

week in the life

What does a week in your life look like?

Week in the Life-2-Edit

For years, I have been taking one week of a year and going in depth with what a week looks like for our family, inspired by Ali Edwards. I usually take a week where I know it will be a fairly ordinary, average week (if that actually exists).

The following are examples of what I photograph and document:

  • what we are eating for breakfast
  • what morning hair looks like
  • the drive to school
  • what the pets are doing
  • what each of us is working on
  • what lunch looks like
  • what books we are reading
  • what school looks like
  • what projects my child is working on at school
  • what dinner looks like
  • what the nighttime routine looks like
  • what tv we are each watching
  • what shoes we are wearing
  • what hobbies/projects we are working on
  • what grocery shopping looks like
  • what receipts look like
  • what we are buying
  • what games we are playing
  • favorite toys
  • funny/ interesting facebook posts
  • what is  on our computers
  • laundry
  • the weather
  • friends
  • selfie photos
  • appts.
  • things we like
  • things we are struggling with
  • things that are motivating us
  • workouts
  • sports
  • sports practice
  • outside the window
  • gas prices
  • cleaning
  • lists
  • notes
  • asking questions of my family – what made you happy today? this week? what made you sad? what was your favorite part of the week? favorite moments?etc…

The list goes on and on. You will be amazed with all the parts that make up your story.

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I used Ali Edward 8.5 x 11 templates for my pages. Once I created my digital pages I put them together at Adoramapix. The quality of the book is just incredible – the vibrance of colors and clarity with thick lay flat pages.  This is one of my favorite photo book printers! My one and only complaint with the company having very specific page count restriction is now gone, you can choose exactly how many pages work for you (up to 76 pages). This project is so worth it!

cubin’ it

Block Project-1

Photo cubes are all the rage these days and they add of touch of personality to your decor. You can pick up blocks here and you can also find them at one of the craft stores, Michael’s, Jo-Anns, etc. After finding some of my favorite photos, I printed them out in 2 inch squares, cut them out, put Modge Podge on the back of the photo and the face of the cube to adhere them, added some patterned paper on a couple of sides and a few rub-ons (you could also handwrite some details or love notes or add even more photos). It really is a quick, easy project to display those photos and stories.Block Project-2 Block Project-3 Block Project-4

because design matters

Valentines Block-2At this point, it pretty clear I love photography and all things related to photography so it probably comes as no surprise that I love to give and get photography related gifts, Valentine’s Day was no exception.

I have been eyeing Artifact Uprising for quite a while and trying to figure out an excuse to make something. I love, love, love there core values. This was taken directly from their website:

OUR CORE VALUES

CREATIVITY / for all things, endless possibility. for every story, endless ways to tell it.
COMMUNITY / we seek to cultivate a community of inspired storytellers – of movers, shakers, do-ers, designers, creatives, artists, thinkers, joy-makers. we believe in the power of community to ignite creativity.LEAVE A LEGACY / we believe in the story that is archived for future generations. we believe in moving stories off our computers…and into our lives.THE POWER OF ONE / to create art. and change the world.

PASSION / without it, we are nothing.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY / we strive to be kind stewards to mama earth and her happy forest. we are committed to using environmentally responsible papers and are always seeking ways to minimize our impact on the outdoors – a playground that shapes so much of who we are.
AUTHENTICITY / in all things. in our communication. in our company. in the transparency of our supply chain. in our own story.

 

 

When I finally decided I needed to get my husband something for Valentine’s Day, I knew where I was going. I don’t know about you but I think men are so difficult to shop for. After looking through their different possibilities, I chose the “wood block and prints“. The wood block is made using beetle-kill pine reclaimed from the forests of Colorado. It also includes 12  5″x 5.75” heavy weight card stock photos that sit neatly in the wood block. Now the choice was finding the right photos. Most of their examples were black and white and very abstract which lent itself to my husband’s simple style but I did need to make it a bit more personalized – with special moments between us, a couple of our son and a couple of just me (it is for him) and converted these to black and white. I also added a beach shot, a sunset shot and a sky shot which I kept as color because that it was makes them special. Artifact Uprising was very easy to use and once I had decided on my photos, it only took me a couple of minutes to place on the computer and submit. My husband loved it! It is sitting in a prominent position on his desk. This was a great, easy and simple gift. I am thinking about making one for my desk too.

Valentines Block-1

Valentines Block-5

love you because…

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Another Valentines Day Idea! It is only 4 days away! Yikes!

I cut about thirty pieces of construction paper in various colors and wrote 30 (completely random number) love notes to my son, folded them, put them in a box and tied a bow on the top.

My son loved opening the box and each note was like a new present. He couldn’t get enough!

It is also wonderful to remember and write down all the good things (because sometimes it is hard and we forget).

I love you because…..

  • you are goofy and silly
  • we have so much fun together
  • you love your kitties
  • you have a really big heart
  • you always try
  • you are a great snuggler
  • you always let me take your picture
  • you share your last cookie with me
  • you are you
  • ( and a million more reasons)

I hope you enjoy this simple, meaningful project as much as I did!