MAR
12
2013

How To Make a Lapbook Video Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I get a lot of questions on how to create lapbooks, and how we use them in our homeschool. I thought it would be easier to show you all in a “How To Make a Lapbook” video tutorial for you! First I wanted to talk a little bit about what a lapbook is and how to use it in your homeschool or classroom. So what is a lapbook? Lapbooking is simply a hands-on method of teaching students about any topic! They can include drawings, writings, timelines, pictures, graphs, and any other information that fits your topic. They can be as simple or complex as you like based on the age of your students. Speaking of ages, while they’re typically used for younger elementary level students, really Lapbooks can be used for any aged student as the content is completely up to you! Lapbooks are an effective learning tool because they incorporate hands-on educational activities that can accompany any lesson. They’re also great to help review materials learned later on. As students learn about … [Read more...]

JAN
29
2013

Art Closet Video Tour

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Looking to de-clutter your art supply storage area? Today I made a quick video to show you how we organize all of our art supplies and keep everything easy to find and use! So if you’re interested, here is my video on our art supply cabinets! So welcome into my kitchen and I hope you enjoy it!  Our Art Supply Storage and Organization   Psst.... If you have any other video ideas for me, make sure to email or leave a comment below and I'll do my best to make another one! As promised, here are links to products mentioned in this tutorial: Small (10×11) Clear Project Cases Large Craft Glue by Lakeshore Learning Dust Free Powdered Paint No-Tip Water Pots by Lakeshore Learning Washable Tempera Paints by Lakeshore Learning Playfoam by Educational Insights Colored Sand Tissue Paper Squares by Lakeshore Learning Sharpie Fine-Tip Markers Craft Sticks and Grooved Building Sticks Beginning Leather Kit by Tandy Leather Small Aluminum Dish … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2013

Workbox System Video Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share a video tutorial on how we use the workbox system in our homeschool. I get a TON of questions regarding our setup, how I organize the boxes, and what we put in them. So I thought a video would be a fun way to explain our setup. Hope you enjoy it! Without further ado...here is our Workbox System Video… "live"…so to speak...   So that’s our current homeschooling workbox system, I hope you enjoyed the video! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Here are some links for products mentioned in this video: Workbox System Website My Workbox Printables 10 Drawer Rolling Carts Ikea Vika Alex Drawer units Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum Grapevine Studies Classical Literature Units  All About Spelling BJU Press English Abeka Letters & Sounds 1 and Language 1 Math U See A Reason for Handwriting Abeka History & Science Classical Literature Units World’s Greatest Composers Vol 1 Piano is … [Read more...]

MAY
17
2011

Bamboo Craft Review

I have the privilege of reviewing the totally awesome Bamboo Craft Pen Tablet today courtesy of the super cool gals at Pen Scrappers! I was so excited about this as I’m already a huge fan of Wacom Tablets and all of the awesome digital scrapbookers at Pen Scrappers! I use my Bamboo Craft tablet when doing any kind of graphic design work including creating printables for you all! One thing I haven’t done much is let my kids use my tablet. They’re constantly begging to use my “special pen”, so when I got this one I thought I’d give them a chance. I really wanted to see how I could incorporate the Bamboo Craft into our homeschooling. So I opened up some of my trusty A-Z Handwriting and 1-20 Handwriting worksheets and let them have at it! I was really excited to see that they loved to practice handwriting using the Bamboo Craft. My son said he liked this WAY better than his regular handwriting! I explained we’d probably switch it up so he could do this every now and then ;o) I’m still a … [Read more...]

MAY
09
2011

Easter Egg Dyed Yarn Tutorial

I recently found a wonderful tutorial for using Easter egg dye to create hand dyed yarn and just had to try it! Now, I’m not exactly a rule follower, and the tutorial mentioned prior was too much work for me, so I surfed around and found this tutorial which was much less work. I adjusted it a tad and it still worked, so I’m calling it a success! This is a great project for kids, and it was easy enough that they did most of it on their own, with just a little instruction from me such as measuring and help with the microwave. Supplies: Easter Egg Dye Tablets (I grabbed some after Easter for half off!) Distilled White Vinegar Plastic Wrap Glass Dish (or other microwaveable container, I used a 9x13 pyrex) 6 small dishes for dye tablets Microwave White/Cream Yarn (IMPORTANT: This must be yarn from an animal such as wool, alpaca or silk. If you try to use acrylic or poly-fiber yarns, the dye will not take! Please trust me on this one…) Step 1: Wind yarn into large oval shape, … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2011

Downloading from 4-Shared

Hi everyone, I wanted to take a quick moment to talk about downloading my Printable Materials. I’ve had several questions and some issues from you all saying that you can’t get the files downloaded and that’s no good! First, I want to mention that you do NOT have to sign up for a paid account with 4share in order to receive my printables! Of course they’ll advertise for that and try to get you to sign up, but don’t be fooled in to that! Download instructions: When you click on one of my download links it will bring you to the www.4shared.com  site. Then you click the BIG BLUE button that says “Download Now”. You have to wait for the little countdown clock to get to zero and where the clock is it will turn into another link that says “Download file now”. Once the countdown clock is finished, the area that says “Your download link will appear after wait” will turn into a link that says “Download File Now”. Click on that link. You should get a gray pop-up window that asks if … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2010

How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes

I gave away my first brush set yesterday, and thought some of you might need a quick tutorial on using Photoshop Brushes. They’re super easy and fun to use and can add that extra bit of digi-goodness to your designs! So fire up your Photoshop and follow along! STEP 1: Download my brush set! Unzip the set, then extract the files into a folder on your hard drive. If you don’t have an unzipping software already, here are a few free ones: Winzip 7-zip CamUnzip STEP 2: Once you download and unzip my file, simply copy and paste the .abr file to your brushes folder and the next time you start Photoshop, the brushes will be available from your brush set menu. The brushes are typically stored in the presets folder wherever you installed your Photoshop program. For example mine are here: C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop Elements 7.0PresetsBrushes C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS3PresetsBrushes STEP 3: Use your brush! Create a new Photoshop document, make it whatever … [Read more...]