Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Do young children REALLY need E-learning right now?

I am seeing a lot of stress and anxiety from my educator colleagues right now about the pressure to provide “elearning” to their students currently out of their program due to Covid closures!

I want to preface my following statement with the knowledge that I truly value the importance of early learning, the FDK program and well vital role of public education in general. Education matters!

However RIGHT NOW, for the majority of Ontarian’s or Canadians, I believe this is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. So much fear and anxiety and added pressure of being home with multi aged children and not able to get out and do the things we’d would normally do to relieve that energy the create  ... the thought of trying to do formal “e learning lessons” with them well sorry but I honestly don’t think the majority of kids are going to be in that mental state right now to even process that method of learning! Nor are parents in the mental state to support them in that learning process - it’s just going to add more stress and anxiety to an already tumultuous situation for many 😞

Right now I personally think it’s more important for children and parents to be taking care of their MENTAL health than their academic progress! If you loose the first the later won’t matter and with the first you can CATCH UP on the later, later when life is back to normal!

Play board and card games, take this time to teach your kids to cook and bake as a family, read some books together, do art and sensory fun stuff like long baths there’s never time for when life’s busy and we rush through routines, make music and dance!

IMO right now in this unprecedented pandemic let the focus for parents to be to CONNECT with their loved ones and make POSITIVE MEMORIES to get them through this time! Please do not add mandatory e-learning to their already full plate ... there are lots of free only home school options for those who DO want to volunteer to continue to formally feed their brains ... but here is so much VALUE in PLAY TOO!

Let families choose to PLAY right now!

Let them learn THROUGH their play!

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey DSP card 3 and bonus card


Sharing my guest designer post for Scrapbook Nerds with another DSP inspired card - playing with the Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey DSP, So Fun Stamp set and Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You to make a quick and simple under 5 minute card!

Here is a quick little process video to show how quick and easy this paper is to make a lovely card!


Here is a recap of the 4 quick and simple cards I was able to make in under 5 minutes each using the Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey DSP as my inspiration! 

Happy Stampin'
Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

March Paper Pumpkin - Outside the Box Scrapbook edition

I am SO loving this Paper Pumpkin! The embellishments and stamp sets are just adorable!



Plus for their 7th Birthday we also got an additional stamp set in this months kit! 



I was so excited to share my sneak peek when it arrived I did not even bother to edit my video and just uploaded it to Youtube! 

 
 I was eager to whip up my 3 trio design cards in the kit! I mean see how I was not kidding on how adorable are the embellishments here?



Today I have been working o on my Paper Pumpkin Alternatives today for Paper Pumpkin customers virtual class support over on my Totallyawake4-stampin' - double layout! If you are looking to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin please make sure to choose me as your demonstrator so I can support you with lots of 'outside the box' options!


I focused on one traditional with mat for a 5X7 layout - I cut up the card bases and envelopes and on this particular layout I used envelope pieces to create the banners along the top here as well as the stamps from the stamp set to create imagery along the white background and than card kit embellishments to add dimension. 

And than did one pocket with 4 mats for 4x6 photos! I had used the 3x3 cut outs from the card bases for the focal imagery along the 3 4x4 squares in the middle and stamped and fussy cut using the coordinating Under the Umbrella imagery on this layout It’s such an adorable little set 💕💕💕

 UNDER MY UMBRELLA BUNDLE (ENGLISH)



Happy Stampin'
Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Vicki Boutin - So Much Fun with Florals

Having fun guest designing over at Scrapbook Nerds!

Card Number One features Vicki Boutin's Color Kalidescope - So Much Fun stamp set with the floral stamps used to create a versamark collage embossed in gold on the crumb cake cardstock and than water colored with white pigment ink

Card number Two was a quick and simple card with the floral collage stamped in gold ink and than layered card fronts in the white, crumb cake and black ... just love this color combo! The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Concord & 9th Birthday Basics stamp set!

Seriously are these not two adorable quick clean and simple cards that pack a lot of punch? 

 
Made a fun little process video of the card I made for the Floral Challenge this week - you can play along too head on over to their Scrapbook Nerds & Friends on Facebook and join the fun! 


Happy Stampin'

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life 

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey Card 2

I am back with another installment in this months guest designer posts for Scrapbook Nerds with another DSP insipired card - continuing to play with the Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey DSP, So Fun Stamp set and Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You to make a quick and simple under 5 minute card!

Created a quick little process video to showcase just how quick and easy this card came together!

Happy Stampin'
Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Ornate Garden Suite JUGS challenge

Using my Sunday Social Distancing to have fun doing some card challenges - the Just Us Girls trend stretch #527 is “black background”!
I am playing with my sneak peek Orante Style stamp set and Ornate Layers dies from the Ornate Garden suite by Stampin’ Up! This amazing suite will be available to customers April 1st!

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I have created a nice clean simple any occasion card with a tiny pop of color on my daisies 💕 I used the Ornate Layers die for the black background. Stamped with versamark. colored the leaves in solid with a versamark pen and than embossed it with white emboss powder. I coloured the stems and the middle of the flowers with Old Olive and Daffodil  Stampin' Blends.


 Happy Stampin'

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

March SBN Sketch Challenge

Back with my Scrapbook Nerd Design team hat on playing with March’s Scrapbook Nerd and Friends card sketch! 


Showcasing the gorgeous Vicki Boutin Colour Kaleidoscope suite products available on the Scrapbook Nerds online shop!
Stenciling is so much fun and a quick way to add a nice pop of colour and dimension to a card!
Today's card also uses the So Fun Stamp Set with versamark on the blue squares - the photos did not do a great job picking up their subtle textures, the sponged the background with the coordinating Botanical stencils and I used both the Colour Kaleidoscope Ephemera Pack and Colour Kaleidoscope stickers with silver foil accents for my embellishments and sentiment choice. 
This card came together to make a quick yet stunning “Celebrate” card .... perfect for a birthday, wedding or anniversary!

Happy Stampin'

Margaret
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much 
Be Totallyawake4-life

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