Preschool Book

My son started preschool last year only going two days a week.  The school he goes to uses Tools of the Mind as their curriculum.  I was so blown away by this program and it was great seeing the growth over the school year.  He came home most of the days with is play plan, science eyes and artwork.  I really wanted to be able to preserve this for him and keep the collection in an organized way.  So I decided to make it into a book.  The pages varied in sizes so I had to find a way to make it all work.  Since the majority of the preschool material was 5 1/5 x 8 I decide I would scan or photograph the large items and reduce them in size to make a 6 x 9 finished bound book.

Zoe ~ Artbooking ~ School ~ Catscrapbooking

I decided to use Zoe as my paper pack for the cover.  I mixed it with pomegranate and honey cardstock.  I used my Artbooking cartrige to cut the apple and photos mat. The new Jennifer’s Hand B1484 alphabet stamp set with Slate ink. I did use my black journaling pen to trace the number to make them stand out a bit.Zoe ~ School ~ catscrapbooking.comOn the inside of the cover I used his class photo and name plate from school. He would come in every morning and find the one with his name on it and then put it on a board depending on the answer to the question of the day.

Preschool book dividers -play plans ~catscrapbooking.com

The play plans are the key to getting them to start writing their names and drawing a picture of themselves.  The will also write their plan for the center they are going to.  For this divider I just wanted to use the stick figure since he started drawing a bit more of one by the end of the year. The title was cut using Artistry and stick figure is a SVG file with my Silhouette.

Preschool book ~ science eyes ~ catscrapbookingThis section did not start until the spring.  They would look at an object and describe it to their friend and then draw it.  He only brought home a few but I wanted to preserve these as well. The title was cut using Artistry and microscope and atom are SVG files with my Silhouette.Preschool book ~ artwork ~ catscrapbooking.com

This was the last section and since most of the artwork was small or too big I just photographed it all and will include a photo of the pieces along with a few of the original artwork.  The title was cut using Artistry and the pallet and brush are SVG files with my Silhouette.

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First Day of School ~ Preschool

Well Gavin will be going to Preschool 4 days a week starting this morning.  He seems excited after going to the meet and greet with his teachers.  He has one of the same teachers he had last year so that will be helpful.  I am excited he will be going four days as I will then get TWO hours four days a week that are mine!!! Granted I will have household things to take care of but I hope to get a few more hours of crafting!!!

I love seeing all the first day of school chalkboard signs and there are a lot of them out there which are free.  But I decided I wanted to create my own.  So I went to PicMonkey and it was easy. Check out my sign for Gavin to hold for his photos.Gavin's first day of school 2015-16 ~ catscrapbooking I was quite pleased the way it turned out.
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Teacher Thank You Cards

I posted a couple of days ago the gift that I made for my son’s Pre-school teachers.  I figured today I would share the cards that I made. I LOVE the Chalk it Up paper pack and knew it was my paper pack of choice for my Teacher thank you cards.

Teacher card ~ Chalk it up ~Teacher Appreciation ~ catscrapbooking.comHow fun is this card?  I am having so much fun with my teacher theme cards that I want to so some more for next year 🙂 I used my Cricut to cut the apple and star.  The star is actually just one of the basic shapes offered with the Cricut Design Space.  The Apple is from my Cricut subscription.  I used Chalk it Up, Lagoon, White Daisy, Flaxen and Sorbet cardstock.  The ruler/tape measure image is actually from Washi Wonder D1558 (retired hostess exclusive stamp set) which was stamped in Flaxen ink and then fussy cut.  I used the Teacher Appreciation stamp set D1612 to create the grid lines on the White Daisy star and to stamp the pencil.  Inside the card I used the “thank you” sentiment  and the “for all your dedication and effort this school year”.  The Lag0on wavy strip at the bottom is from my scraps of previously cut items.

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