Friday, August 10, 2012

Letter Play - Sunny Side Up Snapshot Sheets

The following crafts tutorial is brought to you by Nicole from The Madlab Post...
It’s time for Letter Play - Where DIY activities, cinema and life offline collide!

Here is a little quick and upbeat photo project that you can do at home just for fun or give to your kids to do at their summer camp. It is inspired by last week’s Alphabet Remix discussion on suicide. The following instructions will help you create a cute little sheet to look at on days when you’re feeling down and out.

The materials you will need include one yellow 8 by 11 inch sheet of cardstock paper, three photos cut into 2½ inch squares, one pencil, one or more pens, one ruler, one marker, glue, scissors and four of your favorite inspirational quotes on either happiness or the sun.  

Instructions for How to Make Sunny Side Up Snapshot Sheets:

Step 1. Drawn nine 2½ inch squares on your yellow cardstock sheet, using a pencil. 

Step 2. Cut off the excess space from this sheet and then outline your pencil markings with a marker.

Step 3. Write one inspirational quote in four different squares on your cardstock sheet, using an ink pen.
Step 4. Glue one photo each into three empty squares on your cardstock sheet. You can use photos of yourself, your loved ones, favorite places or photos of things that make you smile. I used photos of Barbie dolls because those photos were the only ones that I had access to that could be cut up at a moment’s notice. If I dedicated more time to this project, I would have likely opted for photos of my cat or humorous images of myself that were snapped for fun.
Step 5. Fill the two remaining empty spaces on your cardstock sheet with smiley face stickers, pictures of the sun or images taken at dawn. Since I don’t have any smiley face stickers at the moment, I just doodled some things in those spaces, just to help you get an idea of what could be done.

….and voila! Instant happiness, or so you think, right? Well, at least it gives you something to help lift your spirits on a cloudy day. Stick it on your bookshelf or regriferator -- pin it to your vision board or hang it on your door. Whatever you do, Stay Golden :)

Also, if you have some time, support the IndieGoGo campaign for “Rear View,” a short film about a man who hides his dark feelings and suicidal thoughts while trying to maintain his tough image for the sake of his career. From my understanding, this film will be made in Texas and could use all of the support that it gets.The director and producers are also donating any funds that they raise beyond their goal, to Suicide Prevention programs.

Happy Friday to You All. Until next week...have fun playing with letters!

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JoJo said...

What a great project! 'Stay gold' - loved 'the Outsiders'....I wanna follow it up with the word, Ponyboy. ;)

Ghadeer said...

Something to try :)

Arlee Bird said...

This could be a great project for making personalized gifts. Now's the time to start for Christmas giving. One could get quite elaborate with this and come up with some absolutely beautiful creations.

Tossing It Out

Tina said...

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost, my favorite.

But we can stay golden, we can keep on keeping on, one day at a times as some wise folks tell us.
Nice project Nicole.
As a teacher, I used to keep what I called my "Fuzzy File". It was right there, filed under F all proper and everything. (This was back when I did file properly. Now I PILE. A lot less useful, but there ya' go.) Anyway, I'd put in the sweet little notes the kids wrote me, thank you notes from parents (these are rare as any teacher will tell you) encouraging notes from co-workers, math nerd jokes, you get the picture. When I was feeling blue, like I just got off the phone with Johnny's mom explaining that as a team we had imposed the following discipline on him and would you please follow up at home, do you have any questions?" I'd be met with some version of, "Johnny wouldn't do something like that." Well of course not, we six adults all got together and made this up because WE HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Or another favorite, "I'm taking this to the superintendent. Or court. You canNOT do this." (Put a child in a small room with a secretary supervising him and force him to do school work all day. You know, like most kids who come to school do all day...) Sigh. Turning into a post. I apologize.
Anyway, that's when you need a Sunny Side Up Snapshot sheet, and a fuzzy file.
Tina @ Life is Good
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Lynn Proctor said...

fun craft---everyone needs a little smile each day--the movie night blog sounds interesting :)