Hello! It's Jenny Larson, here to share some school related inspiration on Labor Day! Labor Day in the United States is traditionally the last day of summer before students head back to school. Times have changed, and some students have been back in school for weeks now, but I took inspiration from school and thought I'd share some of those ideas for scrapbooking.
In particular, I took inspiration from traditional school subjects. Here's what the week will look like:
- Monday (that's today!): English/Language Arts
- Tuesday: Math
- Wednesday: Science
- Thursday: Social Studies
- Friday: Electives
That's the plan for the week! This will be going to school again, just for scrapbooking, something I would love to do! Let's start with the subject dearest to my heart.
1. English/Language Arts*
I am an English teacher by day, so naturally this was the first subject that started giving me inspiration. I think the study of language arts (language and literature) is a natural pairing for what we do as scrapbookers--heck, we record stories! Aside from that comfortable inspiration, here are some other elements of language arts that can inspire you:
- Letters: Use big letters on your page, journal in an acrostic, use letter stickers/rub-ons/stamps as a background
- Handwriting: Include someone's handwriting on a page, either for journaling or as a design element
- Definitions: Define the roles in your life (spouse, scrapbooker, reader, parent, etc.) or the life of a person close to you. What does it mean to be that person?
- Grammar: Which part of speech are you? Diagram a sentence that conveys your life. List words that characterize and describe you for each part of speech.
- Books: Tell a story in your life. list books that you love or scrap about a favorite book, take inspiration (color/quotation/story) from a favorite book, describe your reading life
- Speech/Words: Scrap your favorite quotations, journaling only using words and not sentences, take inspiration from conversation
Here's some projects that take inspiration from the subject of English/Language Arts:
A note from my son in his own writing is always terrific, especially when he is young and trying his best to express his feelings. I'm glad I'm a good day. This next page incorporates his signed name in the title:
I made this mini album as a creative challenge: for each part of speech, I came up with words and phrases to describe and define myself. I am actually going to use this idea in my classroom this year to review parts of speech. Here's the inner pages:
I love books, so I am so pleased at how much my boys love books too. I collected reading pictures from a period of time and put them together on a page. Christine Newman also shared a favorite childhood book:
I love so much about this page: the creative layout design that takes inspiration from the book, the contemporary photo that ties in to the childhood read, the bright, cheerful colors. And I also love that my son falls asleep reading Shel Silverstein at night! Here's another book layout Christine did:
One last page from me:
This one made me laugh. That one time I used the word "whom" and my son told me that it wasn't a word. This English teacher had to record it.
Thank you for returning to school with me on this last day of summer in the Northern hemisphere! Please return tomorrow for some inspiration from math. If today gave you ideas, please share them and inspire others!
*I know that for many of our readers, English is not their native language, so think of today's topic as being "Language Arts" instead, the study and refinement of one's home language.