Friday Link Up!

Friday Link Up

10 Back-to-School Tips for Teachers Using Google Docs via Te@chThought

Cultivating Creativity in Standards-Based Classrooms via Edutopia

“Interactive Sites for Education” Roundup from Larry Ferlazzo

Why Are There Silent Letters in the English Language from Mental Floss (via Larry Ferlazzo)

Ten Free Apps and Tools for Starting Out (and Staying) Organized via Edutopia

Favorite Pins

Setting Up Your Classroom: 9 Practical Things You May Not Have Thought Of via Teach 4 the Heart

Practice Makes Perfect: Citing Textual Evidence via Lesson Planet

53 Ways to Check for Understanding via Edutopia

Modge Podge Projects Shmojects

Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!

Without sounding cliche, but I know that I will, I cannot believe that today is the last day of 2014.  It’s been a great year, full of beautiful people, places, and reminders to be ever grateful.  I will post more about my reflections of 2014 and how I am looking into 2015 as the year of discovery and creativity, but today I want to share a few DIY/crafting projects that I started yesterday and finished up this morning.

Per Pinterest, I made a goal of completing two crafting projects:

1.  A modge podge framed initial

Inspirational piece

Inspirational piece

2.  A display board/wall adornment for my Washi tape.

Inspiration

Inspiration

What I would need to complete these projects:

  1. Old frames
  2. Black spray paint
  3. A letter F
  4. Faded, worn classic books
  5. Modge Podge
  6. Thumb Tacks

On our way home from watching “The Hobbit” 3D and lunch at Bento, my husband and I stopped at a second-hand store and picked up two frames for my DIY projects:

Frames 1

I chose them because they were cute and cheap just like me.

Frames 2

Once I setup a drop cloth over some cardboard boxes, I spray painted both frames flat black.

Spray Painting

While the frames dried, I went into my craft room and started searching through my $3.00 book collection for excerpts that I wanted to feature in my project.  I loved the look of the Faust and Candide copies, but I definitely had five lines from Hamlet.

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” (Act I, Scene III)

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” (Act I, Scene III)

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Act I, Scene IV)

“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (Act III, Scene I)

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (Act III, Scene II)

Modge Podge Collage

The next day (today) I began to piece the background together.  This was my first time using Modge Podge, and I think it turned out quite well.  I used a sponge brush to apply the Modge Podge, and I used the cardboard backing of the frame that came with it as the canvas.  I allowed the pages to overhang the edges, and afterwards trimmed the dried pieces down to size.  Using multi purpose, tacky glue, I affixed the letter F to the center of the piece and placed it back in the dried frame.

Framed Work

I was so pleased with my finished piece, I didn’t want to stop!  Looking around my craft room for another victim blank canvas to work on, my eyes landed upon the second tray I had refurbished over the summer.

FLASHBACK!

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Modge Podge Tray

Later today I will be working on my Washi tape display area.  Updates to come!