It was a musical field trip on Monday as we joined throngs of kids for some musical movements at the concert hall. Stirring performances from the junior and then the intermediate orchestras. The senior youth orchestra was scheduled for the evening.
That meant a bit more updating on the smash books which are really chronicling the school year.
I do enjoy prepping these for the kids. These have more of my handiwork as I layout and glue in the pages, keeping in mind we need to end up on the last page at the end of year celebration. I do leave sticker room and some blank pages for them.
Because I want them to journal on their own, I gave Joshua a planner for himself which morphed into a fancy binder . What can I say; it was the perfect cover for him! Well, now the sisters need planners. :O But there were no more 3 ring binders like their brother's anywhere. Not online but I did look high and low.
It finally dawned on me that keeping up their three journals doesn't leave a lot of incentive for my own which had just happened to come with TWO three ring binders. So what is a grand Gramelle to do??? lol
I spent another whole day and a half dividing up my 'stuff' and organizing everything. What fun! The Rooster had to drag me off to bed where I lay for a bit shuffling stickers in my mind instead of sheep. awk! Reality check. They are gonna do these. Not me! So today I focused. Josh likes charts, details and the travel theme. I even found some vintage plan pages!
Eliana is NO planner and wants to show case her art. So she will have one calendar page for each month and LOTS of white mixed media paper. The binders for the unplanner project aren't quite as wide but they work. The covers are heavy craft coloured cardboard for personalizing. I have two stencils to differentiate between the girls. They can 'art' them up themselves now.
Jolina, I suspect just wants story pages and pictures. I found a pad of nursery rhyme papers from her aunt's stash! She is all about dollies and animals but really likes drawing and colouring. I have a colouring book I can photocopy come to think about it! 'scuse me while I add that to the pile. ;^)
Now today I need to march to the beat of their music!
They are coming tomorrow and are bringing their stuff. We shall upgrade and I'll send them each home with a package of papers and stickers and stuff. I'm deciding about holding back the coming months and just giving them out as each month begins. Might be less overwhelming and I can oogle what they have done.
What did I get out of this? A great cymbal smash! I hardly stopped for breaks. So much fun. Now how can I translate this happy sorting, planning, and making into my own art/collage works?
There is no waiting for stuff to dry, possible because I am working on three. Series work?
There is the challenge of unity and variety as I pull from the materials at hand. Challenge baskets?
There is a purpose, a flow. Story telling?
All I know is I'm mojoing right along. A few coughs but they are last gasps. I slipped out to do the chickens in my light sweater. :) The sun is Shining! April showers are forecast but...
I do believe it is pretty much brass band marches that I'm a hearing and marching with. Three cheers for SPRING!
Bing. Bang. BOOM!!!
Good for you to get your MoJo back. It is suppose to be fun isn't it! Glad you are feeling better. The sun is shining here too! My mom came yesterday and help me clear up some boxes of fabric. Bits and bobs from my years of sewing. Gift boxes of fabric from others. 8 Photo copy boxes of guilt out the door! Here is to Spring!
Wow! You have reached a wonderful compromise and the Grands will be kept busy every month. I love how you honor each child with their specialty in arts and journals. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Mr. C is finally winding down his 100 day coughing. Mojo Bliss Dear...
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