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A Peek Into Her Creative Process

My daughter loves to paint.  This is an understatement.  I have hundreds of photos of her using different mediums: finger paints, water colors, tempura, poster paints.   From different approaches: on her belly, at her easel, on a chair or at the table.  With different tools: hands, fingers, brushes, sponges, toothpicks or chopsticks.  And from early ages, starting at about 9 months to just today. I keep her easel set up with access to paints in spill proof cups at all times, which keep the paints fresh for the week as well, so when the mood strikes, she is ready to create! (and no, this is not disastrous, at nearly four she’s never painted anywhere inappropriate – i.e. only on paper, her hands or body.)

In a few years, I plan to put together a photo book of her early works.  I think this is an excellent way to archive the mountain of childhood artwork most parents accumulate and then don’t know what to do with.  I generally take a photo, even if it’s a not so great phone camera photo, of just about everything she paints or draws.  This way, I have the record, but not the clutter, conveniently pre-dated.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not so heartless to throw away every precious bit of her creations, because they’re all precious to her:

“Mama? Do you remember that picture, on the blue paper, that I cut up into a puzzle?  Where did it go?”  “I’m sorry Jana, we don’t have those hundreds of bits of paper from three months ago around anymore.”

I have a few choice pieces that I have in an art cabinet frame that houses and displays her work in a way that it makes it so simple to occasionally slide a new “front page” piece in.  I’ll write a date on the back and any comment deemed necessary so that when looking back in chronological order, they can stay that way and oh, yeah, that *is* a jelly fish she drew.

       

 

 

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One would hope, now that I’m on maternity leave that I’ll have time to catch up on the backlog of posts half written and photos to update. There may be a flurry of activity of back-dated entries, as is my custom, to have events chronicled by date in this blog. Which reminds me to spend time with Blurb putting together the latest book compilations of our blogs and photos before Epsilon arrives.

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Taps Fingers Impatiently

Right now, as I write this, the second book that I’ve been working on is uploading to the Blurb site.  It’s half way there.  It’s taking its time, the final page count is 304, there are over 700 photos from our travels through Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Greece, Austria, Germany, a brief few pages from Belgium and just a few page spread of Turkey for the continuity of the time line (and sans a few trips Mark made on his own for brief business purposes to Italy, France, Netherlands…).

I had briefly considered not making the book so photo intensive.  But quickly nixed that idea when you consider what it would cost in the long run to have all our photos printed out, the time it would take for me to arrange them in photo albums and make notes on the back of them.  Considering I have boxes of loose photos at home in no where near that state of organization, the odds of that actually happening being slim.   Having these shots printed in context with my travel blog entries just makes so much sense.

But, anyway, I’m just waiting for this volume to finish uploading so I can hurry up and get the copies I want to send out to family ordered and on their way.

Tap, tap, tap, tap…

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Buy Our First Book

After a weekend of the most annoying and irritating internet problems, I’ve finally been able to upload our Turkey book. If you are so inclined, you can order your own copy here. I only just ordered our copy so I can’t really comment on the quality of product just yet. But I can tell you I can’t wait to have it in my hands.

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Blurbing Book Mania

The Turkey travel book is done, which has a total of 164 pages! Not a bad size for a photo and travel journal book of a two week trip. It’s currently in the proof reading and editing phase in Mark’s hands.

Today I finished book number two, the “Adventures through Europe: 2006-2007” up through our trip to Austria. Since we’ll be in Germany the first week of December and I want the book to be inclusive of all of this year; I’ve laid out a number of pages pre-formatted and ready for entries. It’s already 247 pages. Despite some complaints I now have with Blurb, a product of just using it for hours on end, I still find using it to be fun and easy.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the finished products. The previews look gorgeous.

I think I need to take a break from the Blurb book making mania though. I had a difficult time getting to sleep the other night. When I was so close to finishing, I could just see what I had left to do, trying to hold it all in my head. I was imagining that I was blurbing and then I was blurbing in my dreams. That’s when I know I’m doing something a bit too much. When I can’t even escape it in my sleep.

Although, I already have a good idea for what and how the third volume will unfold. The “Moving Abroad and Life in England” book. But it will probably have to wait until next year. Or it should really be an ongoing project until we actually leave. All I can say, this would have been such a daunting project if I haven’t been keeping this blog. A huge chunk of the writing is already done.

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I can’t keep quiet about Blurb

I’ve put in hours and hours of work, but 162 pages later, and two squinty head achy eyes from spending too much time in front of this laptop screen, I have created a book. This is a book that includes just about all the photos from our trip to Turkey interlaced with my blog entries and quite a few of those I expanded upon the writing as I went along.

Mark pointed me to this this book making tool: Blurb that works in conjunction with Flickr. I was able to upload the full photo set plus additional individual photos into the Booksmart tool. From there I was presented with dozens of page layouts for text and photos. I would pick my layout for each page, drag and drop photos into place and copy and paste my text out of my blog where I wanted it. I went with the 8×10 hardback version for this particular book, but there are several size options that can also be made into soft cover books.

Initially, I thought I would keep quiet about this book making. I was making them in mind for when we are home over the holidays visiting with family who do not have computers or for those who don’t visit our photo’s or blog’s, to see our adventures. But it is so cool, I can’t keep quiet. I plan to start working on two additional volumes, one that will be about our moving abroad and the things we’ve done around England and another for all our other European travels.

It’s exactly what I wanted to do with my travel blog posts anyway, only this way I can also include all the photos to go along with the story.

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