Book Wrapping Party

How can you tell a book is well-loved? The pages are worn in, the corners are a little bent, and the covers start to fade a little. I have many of such books, so my friends and I decided that to keep our precious books in "loved" form (and not totally tattered) we would give them a little makeover.

So one sunny afternoon we gathered our books and materials and went to a friend’s home for a book wrapping party. We used gorgeous rice paper and contact paper to make our book covers, so they were attractive and durable. My sister got fancy and layered two different kinds of paper on one cover (top right and middle left), and another friend used her scraps to make pretty bookmarks. Honestly, I am not the craftiest of people so it was a bit of a challenge for me, but in the end I had four beautiful protected books (middle right).

From Book cover party

To celebrate each newly covered book we sat among our scraps and nibbled on beignets and sipped on coffee. We were all quite famished, so we feasted on a delicious fondue platter.

Just an idea for a productive, fun, and delicious party =)

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Back to School

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To me August means one last summer trip, new clothes, and of course new school supplies! As a student I know that having the right tools can help you be more successful in school, and as a future teacher I think that the right tools can help immensely in the classroom. In light of my love for school and school supplies I thought I would share some recommendations for the upcoming school year. (Pictures of my recommendations are in the mosaic above).

*Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook- Large: Writing on this paper makes notetaking totally effortless. I would especially recommend this to college students who are planning to keep and use their notes even after the class is finished.

*Clairefontaine Staple-Bound Notebook- Medium: This notebook is great for any type of science or writing journal  that has to be turned in on a regular basis. The sturdy staple binding ensures that pages won’t fall out (like in glue-bound composition notebooks). Teachers will love them because they stack neatly, and won’t lean and topple over (which is what happens with 30 spiral-bound notebooks).

*Have a planner! Life is easier when you can remember what is going on. I like the Wish Making Diary because it’s fun and I can write whatever/however I want. For something a little more structured I would recommend the Quo Vadis University Academic Agenda, I especially like the hour-by-hour planner for each day.

*Love Pet Pens– I love these little gel pens. They write better than regular black/blue/red ink pens, and they’re square so they fit better between my fingers.

*I spend an incredible amount of time highlighting, and I hate having alternating thin and thick highlighting lines. I like the Staedtler Triplus Textsurfer because no matter how you pick up the highlighter the size of the line is the same. I also like that the colors highlight without being blindingly bright.

*I really like the idea of having a set of Red Rabbit pencils in a primary (K-2) classroom and using them as prizes or maybe as a "special tool" for when the kids need to practice their neatest handwriting.

*With the Staedtler Non-photo pencil teachers can mark up worksheets with notes and plans and use the same master sheet to make clean student copies!

*And finally… Yes, once again, I HIGHLY recommend the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen. Taking notes with this pen requires a lot less effort (way fewer hand cramps!) and it forces you to write with better penmanship. The tiny extra bit of concentration might help you stay awake during the most torturous lectures, and you will be able to read your notes come finals week. Plus, being able to refill the pen with any color brings doodling to a whole different level. I suggest teachers try grading with a fountain pen; you will feel the difference after a dozen papers.

So that’s the list. Hopefully you will find some of these suggestions useful as parents, students, and teachers. And if you know someone that could use a little motivation during this bittersweet season, the gift of a nice pen or notebook might be the ticket.

Please tell me what you like to keep in your desk, backpack, or classroom.

Have a great 2008-2009 school year!

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Credit Card Wallets are so handy!

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Employee Favorites – The Credit Card Wallet

If you’re like me, you hate to carry around a burdensome large handbag with a huge wallet that weighs a ton. Instead, I love the light-weight, streamlined convenience of the credit card wallet. This tiny 2 3/4" x 4" wallet has clear pocket pages that hold 12 of my credit cards, membership & club cards, driver’s license and gift cards.  I’ve been using the Lamb-Lamb Jungle Credit Card Wallet for over a year and a half now, and as you can tell from the picture, it still looks as cute as ever. However, with daily use the elastic closure has become loose and the plastic card pockets are beginning to tear. This is not a problem because with such reasonable prices and several adorable designs I am happy to start using this new Dreamer Card Wallet by Jetoy.

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