Well my class preparations for my little teaching stint at Port Lincoln Escape 2 Create are all finished & open for registration! Its nice to be done & all I now have to do is jump on the plane, turn up & have some fun!
I've returned to my old stomping ground for a little bit & have been teaching my big girls how to scrapbook. Charlotte  was kinda interested so no doubt will do a few little things for her album. One layout has been completed already. Georgia on the other hand, totally loved it & has asked every day since if she can do some more. She's completed 3 pages so far.
We are starting simple; title, picture, journaling & embellishment. My focus for them is heavily on the journaling. It need only be a couple of sentences, but its the description of the memory or moment that I want them to record.
I think that was one of the things that started to get a bit stale with me. I was doing all these layouts, and often skipping journaling because it was too hard to get it all done by the deadline so I had all these heavily designed with loaded on products, but lacking in soul. Well, thats how I feel looking back at it now. And sadly, I'm not very inspired to get into it again. I am very happy to be doing painting & collage. But I still very much believe in the core reason to scrapbook - to record the memories with the pictures so that they will mean something to somebody in the future. So thats how I'll be teaching my girls. And I love the fact that to them it feels like artworking but its also sneakily getting them to do writing & improve spelling along the way!
I think its wonderful that they are picking up in their albums from where I left off & I can guide them in their memory keeping journey, without me trying desperately to fit in the recording for 5 kids and without me feeling guilty because I am not keeping up! As each child gets to 5 or 6, I'll start them doing the same, even Buddy. Afterall, boys can write about memories too!
So here's the girls [above] working on their very first page. No doubt I'll share some of their work over the coming months or they will share it on their blog. Very overdue for some posting there! Oops!
And along the lines of scrapbooking but without all the fancy schmancy, I've signed up for Elsie & Rachel's Art Journaling workshop this year. I am aiming to do one page per week and so far I'm on track. Each page only takes me 30-60 minutes. Thats easy to do while sitting in bed at the end of the day or between my graphics & my artworking... An hour per week is manageable for me. I'm loving it.
This an old handmade & bound journal I made years ago and journaled about 2 or 3 pages inside. Well its perfect to be continued with & I've done 3 new pages inside so far.
Cover. Gotta love Cavallini!
Title page made with washi tape & some notes on what I find myself daydreaming about.
Introduction page with my photo, what my journal is about & purpose. I also included my 'statement' here in list form of the parts of my lie I want to explore further in my life. Personal, Family & Art.
And finally, my Love list page where we had to choose a page from a magazine, alter it & record a whole heap of things we love all over the page.
Its fun & carefree & nice sometimes just to make arty messes & notes & lists. I am looking forward to doign my next page & seeing where the workshop promopts me to go throughout the year.