Category Archives: Learning Project

The End of an Era… well a Learning Project

Well, the time has just flown by. Eight weeks is next to nothing. I must say I have really enjoyed this class and the opportunities it has provided me over the last few weeks.

For my learning project, I decided to give scrapbooking a try. Not only was it something that I was extremely interested in trying I also found that it was the perfect personalized gift that I could give to my grandparents for their 50th anniversary this fall.

What I didn’t anticipate was just how difficult and time-consuming it was overall.

My first week I started by creating my baseline. I was extremely excited and was eagerly anticipating how fun it was going to be to try something new! Here is my baseline blog post for the first week of my learning project.

The next week I was able to finally dive in. I was limited on supplies here in Yorkton so I resorted to online shopping using Amazon. It was so exciting to sneakily convince my grandparents to let me snoop through their photo albums! I also started going through different tutorials on youtube. you can read that blog post here.

The following week it was time to dive into it! I started trying to figure out how I wanted the overall project to look. I started experimenting with watercolor painting and found a few amazing online tutorials to guide me through it. You can see that blog post here. Following this week I really began to struggle with the learning project. I wasn’t happy with my work and I found that I was struggling to piece together a project for a grade. I realized that I needed to make a change and start approaching this project differently.

I then made the executive decision to get rid of everything I had done up until that point and start fresh. I was still struggling with finding online resources that stimulated me creatively. Here is that blog post.

The next week I had a real setback. I had some personal issues and a family emergency that made it very difficult for me to work on my project. I continued to look at old photo albums and watch tutorials to help me out. Here is that blog post!

My most recent post was about my experience with learning calligraphy for my scrapbook. This was by far the most difficult thing I have tried for this project. While I did notice improvement throughout my work there is still a lot of work to be done. Here is that blog post.

Overall while I enjoyed most of the process for this learning project, I feel like it is not very easy to learn online. While I did have some success with certain videos and blogs, it ultimately is a self-taught project that is mostly trial and error. It is not something that has strict steps for you to follow to for you to do it correctly. There are so many different ways to do it. Because of this, it is easy to become lost online because you have to weed through so many different tutorials to find one thing that kind of looks like something you would do.

Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my scrapbook. It is going to be a collection of photos of my grandparent’s life together and gradually morph into more recent pictures showing the growth of their family. And unfortunately, I won’t be able to complete it until after their anniversary because I want to be able to include photos from that event. But I will be sure to post a finished product when it is done!

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me it was fun!

 

 

 

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The Letters are Scrambling!

Last week for my learning project I decided it was time to start practicing for the scariest part of scrapbooking (in my opinion) the lettering.

I have ok penmanship, but I have often found myself jealous of my mother and grandmother’s writing. For my project, I decided that it was time to pick up my pen and start practicing my calligraphy. I knew that I would have to practice this for hours before I could even consider putting any writing on the pages for my project. Now you may be asking why don’t you just write normally? You could easily just do bubble/ block lettering, you could even use a stencil. Well, my answer to that is I don’t know I guess I like to torture myself.

In all reality, I like the overall look that calligraphy gives and I think it will really add to the overall project. I also have been left in charge of signing envelopes for the anniversary party and I thought this would be a good excuse to get some practice. Who doesn’t like to kill two birds with one stone!

I watched a million tutorials online but this one seemed to be the most helpful.

I purchased the Sheaffer Calligraphy pen from my local Staples. What I soon realized is that most people do not use actual calligraphy pens anymore and most of the tutorials on Youtube are “cheat” calligraphy.

I am in the process of breaking the habit of writing in cursive. They say the trick of Calligraphy is 9 different pen strokes and I have mastered none of them. Another thing I am still getting used to is the different nib sizes. I didn’t realize that was a thing.

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Learning this online I think was easier than from a book in the sense that you could actually see what they were doing in order to achieve their end result. What was difficult was actually finding a video that actually used a pen that was similar to my own. Most “calligraphy” tutorials online don’t actually use calligraphy pens they use markers. That isn’t a bad thing but I found that I had a lot of troubleshooting that was just trial and error.

I have a lot of practice before this gets put in the final draft of my scrapbook!

 

Not really learning…

This is not going to be my typical learning project post. This past week has been very difficult for me and because of this, I feel as though my learning project has suffered. Something that many people don’t know about me is that I have anxiety and depression. While on a normal day I can function exceptionally well I have triggers just like everyone else that gets me into a state where I have to take a step back and re-evaluate what I am doing and see the change that needs to be made to make the situation better.

This week I had an incident that took place that made it necessary to take a step back from school this week and I am slowly clawing my way back out of the homework pile that I have built for myself. While I love working on my learning project I found that last week I could not bring myself to get motivated. I was overwhelmed and I think this may have been a result of trying to learn online.

While I enjoy being a creator and being able to teach myself there comes a time where you need a little structure and guidance and that is where I was at last week. I was watching tons of different youtube videos about scrapbooking and a number of different blogs. What I found was that they were all providing inspiration and starting points but never really explained what to do once you reached the point of how to tie it all together or how to create a cohesive theme. This is the point I am at in my learning project.

I have tons of ideas and I have attempted to start putting them together but I am getting frustrated with how difficult it is to be satisfied with the overall look and feel of the project. I have been fighting with it now for a while and I have already restarted a few times but one thing I did not really take into consideration was the overall cost of the project.

I knew that there would be a startup cost. My first shopping trip to get the basics like a book, paper, and protective pages was $70. Then I realized that I don’t live in an area where I have easy access to art supplies so I had to make a trip to Regina and order the rest online. My online order got left out on the step in the rain and everything was damaged so I had to wait twice as long to get my materials. Shoutout to Amazon customer service for being awesome and trying their best to help me out in a crummy situation. Boo to FedEx who claimed someone signed for a package when it was left outside in a storm.

To make a long story short I will be posting an actual learning post this week after I have some time to make some actual progress.

For anyone else who is also struggling to balance work, school and life here are some awesome online resources:

Mental Health Wellness Week (Good Mental Health Strategies)

Crisis Center (Coping Skills)

Positive Psychology Program (Stress Management)

 

 

Scrapping the Scrapbook…

Well, I had a bit of a breakthrough this week. This post is a bit later than I would have wanted but I decided this weekend that I was going to completely overhaul my color schemes and designs. When I initially started I was using more muted and dark patterned paper that I got from Amazon.

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But as I got started I didn’t like the vibe of the pages as I continued to put them together. I realized that I wanted the scrapbook to have a more uplifting tone so I went to my local Walmart for some cardstock. I settled on two separate books. One is marbled colors where the other is more patterned.

 

I felt reinspired when I saw these books. I began to organize the photos according to the type of page that I wanted to create for it.

I then started putting the pages together. I started by painting on borders and cutting up the patterned paper.

And once I started that I began to add some pictures in.

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I still have a ton of work to do. Starting over was a big set back but I feel that it will benefit the overall project in the long run. I was able to partially finish several pages but I still have what seems like thousands of photos to sift through. I also still have to determine what kind of layouts and writing style that I want to use throughout. But I am relying on my Pinterest boards and Google searches to guide me. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to leave advice!

There is so much paper!

Considering we just took part in the #saskedchat that discusses the #paperless classrooms I feel like I am doing the complete opposite of everything discussed. This week for my learning project I had planned to have all of the themes laid out so that all I would have to do is put in the pictures and embellishments and complete the cover and I would be closer to done but boy was I wrong. My Amazon order got delayed even though it was supposed to be here Friday so I had to make due with what I had on hand for this weekend. I managed to find enough to keep me busy!

The first thing I did was finish up the cover of the scrapbook. I personalized it using the most recent picture I took of my grandparents on their farm and then I included their last name on the cover.

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Once I finished that I took apart the inside of the book so that I could customize it with the color scheme I had chosen. Inside the base color of each page is going to range from white to black with several shades of gray in between.

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All of the white pages were going to be hand painted using watercolor paints. For the inside cover, I decided to do a tree to symbolize the family.

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I then embellished the sides with a burlap style tape to border it.

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I plan to use the black paper as a blackboard style theme, where the greys are going to be accented with different patterned papers. Unfortunately, the supplies needed won’t be here until Tuesday but I will be using our regularly scheduled class time to catch up.

The patterned paper I chose is more muted tones I want the photos to be able to pop off the pages and speak for themselves. The white pages that are intermittently placed throughout will help brighten up the rest of the book.pattern paper.jpg

For anyone wondering about the watercolor tree I drew my inspiration from two separate artists:

Youtube Channel: Watercolor by Shibasaki (Highly recommend this channel)

Youtube Channel: Paint Academy

I wanted my tree to be more full, like the second video but I wanted the texture of the first video. I am pleased with the overall outcome, I haven’t explored much with watercolors and they are not exactly the highest quality so considering these factors it had turned out better than expected.

Stay tuned for next week!

Learning Project Update!

This week was an organization and planning week for my learning project. I realized this project was going to be a large undertaking after doing some research on Pinterest and simple Google searches. I started off by planning what kind of pictures I would like to include in this scrapbook and decided that because this was going to be a 50th wedding anniversary present I wanted to include pictures that spanned over their last 50 years of marriage. I took a trip out to the family farm to go through mountains of photo albums. Luckily we live in a digital age and instead of taking the very delicate photos in to make copies I was able to use my phone to take a copy of the photo and then print them off. I also started researching what kind of materials you should start off with and I found a site with wallet-friendly suggestions. I watched several youtube videos to give me a better understanding of what would be most appropriate for my project. This video seemed to be the most useful for determining supplies:

Unfortunately, I don’t have a local craft store, however, I was able to find a few basic supplies at the Walmart and Dollarama and I ordered the rest online on Amazon. I settled on the basics for now and I will continue to collect materials as I need them.

Starting Materials:

scrapbook (12″x12″)

-acid free paper (cardstock 12″x12″)

multicolor/patterned paper (assorted sizes)

paper protectors (12″x12″)

metallic markers

-craft bond photo glue

-glue stick

glue dots

scrapbook markers

watercolor paint set

-ribbon

-lace trim

-jute tape

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Learning Project Baseline

When I first heard about the learning project assignment I felt defeated. I thought, how am I supposed to dedicate 30-40 hours to a project when I am already overwhelmed with work and school? However, after a little thought, I began to see the assignment for what it really was, an opportunity. This assignment will force me to take time out of my chaotic schedule to practice something that I have always wanted to try but had always put on the backburner because I didn’t have the time. For this learning project, I have decided to learn how to scrapbook. Scrapbooking can be very beautiful when done well and it is a talent that I have always admired. Throughout this semester I will be creating a scrapbook using different tutorials that I hope to find on Youtube, Pinterest and of course Google! At the end of the summer if I am successful I hope to have created an amazing scrapbook to give to my grandparents for their 50th wedding anniversary. I think they deserve more than 40 hours on their anniversary present, don’t you?

 

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