Friday, July 30, 2010


Today I discovered Sister Corita Kent's serigraph of these "rules"
via Keri Smith's blog (thank you, Keri!).
I'm still processing.
The level of awesomeness in these words will take a while for me to absorb.
I had one of those moments,
like a learning-to-read moment,
in which everything suddenly is clear,
but clear in a new way,
as words and meaning and moment converge,
and you find yourself in those words,
making them make sense and being made at the same time.

I do know that this WILL be shared with my students --
not "shared" like a bunch of "do-this-don't-do-that" directives,
but rather,
shared like a gift,
as it was shared with me.

"That's a great gift -- to teach people how to look to see."

ABC's from Central Office on Vimeo.

How did I only discover her today?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Scraps of Summer

As the summer days wind down
and I start gearing up to return to work soon
it's time for me
not only to stop sleeping in
(hee hee)
but also to savor every last scrappy moment,
every shiny happy little piece
of summer.

amidst all of the CHA-mania
and the quest for all that is new and novel,
I've been rediscovering
items in my stash
and thinking about ways
to make them "new."
Today's Lily Bee post is all about that quest.

You can find more details on the Lily Bee blog right here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

File Under Swoonworthy and Thud-Provoking

It's that time of year again -- CHA madness!
The madness is mostly mine,
characterized by a yearning to add product after product
to a stash that is teetering on the brink of crafty chaos.
Here's what's been making my scrappy fingers twitch:

New colors from Shimmerz...Stamps from Studio Calico (Clocks? Numbers? A ledger stamp? !!!!)...Studio Calico's "Elementary" line...

October Afternoon's "Seaside" (this is the "Yellow Bikini" B-side -- it's about time someone put Hawaii on the map!)...
Jenni Bowlin's "Family Tree" die cut paper...

THREE (!!!) new collections from Lily Bee...

Echo Park's latest...
7gypsies's lovely papers (LOVING those B-sides!)...

Crate Paper's "Restoration"...
American Crafts's cute Halloween accents...
and Dear Lizzy's "Enchanted" roses. Whoa.
Oh! And I can't forget the MME Lost and Found collections.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Attention Must Be Paid

While I still have her attention,
I hope she hears me:

Summer Fun

When I was a kid,
my parents would send me to Summer Fun programs,
and although these programs
were likely to be fun for your average child,
I would have much preferred to stay home and read.
That's still how I prefer to spend my summers, actually,
with one addition:
Now THIS is true summer fun for me.

I put this layout together this morning
using Shimmerz products (you can see more details on the Shimmerz blog)
and an uber-cute cupcake stamp from Stamping Bella,
as well as the new Studio Calico kit, Continental,
and some bits and pieces from the add-on kits.

Summer fun, the way it was MEANT to be.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Here's the Plan

As part of my summer reading, I've been immersed in Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap. This is one of the few books that I've read about education that really speaks to me as a teacher, a parent, and a citizen. It's not a perfect book, especially because I'm still having trouble visualizing how the big picture will play out within the walls of my classroom, but it is an important book; it has me questioning and thinking and speculating in the direction of positive change.

As Wagner sees it, there are seven "survival skills" that students need in order to succeed as "learners, workers, and citizens" in today's rapidly changing world: (1) critical thinking and problem solving, (2) collaboration, (3) agility and adaptability, (4) initiative and entrepreneurialism, (5) effective oral and written communication, (6) accessing and analyzing information, and (7) curiosity and imagination. He is particularly focused on the high school experience, and claims that "the real purpose of high school is to produce students who will be capable citizens and participants in our democracy -- students who know how to solve problems and add value, both in their communities and in the workplace."

I am a few weeks away from beginning a new position as a high school teacher, and perhaps this is why Wagner's book is particularly resonant for me. It's even influencing my scrapbooking!

I really did scrap "scraps" on this layout. I pulled together a bunch of items and papers that remind me of school -- bits and pieces that double as telling details to capture the glory and the mess and the wonder and the STACKS that are so much a part of being a teacher. I also included a manifesto of sorts (or perhaps a benediction?) for the year ahead -- my own kind of lesson plan.
In each student, a good and worthy voice.
In each lesson, let me learn as well.
In each morning, a reason to rise.
In each afternoon, a long look back.
In each question, more questions.
In each answer, more questions.
In each moment, nothing momentary.
I repurposed some of my school supplies here as well. I used Shimmerz Vibez and Spritz over a paper clip "mask" as well as over a few pages from a daily planner. More details about the layout can be found on the Shimmerz blog.

Maybe it's a little odd to do a school-themed layout over the summer, but this one just felt right to me. Here's to the continuous process of learning and growing...and scrapping!

P.S. A special thank you to Stephanie Wheeler, for featuring me on her blog yesterday!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bright Ideas

A few days ago on her blog, Doris Sander referred to summer scrapping as "the very best scrapbooking of all." In addition to being a scrappy genius, the woman speaks the truth. During much of the year, scrapbooking is a reprieve for me, an escape, but during the summer, it becomes a regular part of the ebb and flow of days.

Here are few of my Lily Bee summer layouts:

You can find more details about these layouts on the Lily Bee blog (including information about how you can become the September guest designer).

Happy summering!