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Paper Project: Gnomebook!

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If you’ve never had a little gnome buddy, you’re missing out! Whether jotting down secrets or grocery lists, your bearded garden friend will keep them safe in your very own gnomebook.

Gnomebook Materials

What You’ll Need:

4 x 6 Notebook, Scissors, glue stick, pen/pencil, a variety of colored cardstocks, ruler, colored pencils/markers, and  the gnomebook template.

First, you’ll need to make a wrap for the entire notebook. This will serve as the background for your gnome. We chose bright colors, orange and green, for our gnomes.

You will need two pieces to cover the notebook completely. Cut out an 11″ long strip of cardstock to fit around the notebook.

cut orange background cut out background fit background around notebook

Next, secure this strip to the back of the notebook with glue. The top of this strip will fold over the top of the notebook a little bit. Make the top crease and the crease that comes up around the notebook (so it can eventually flap shut with the gnome bearn).

glue stick

Glue the section of the strip that will attach to the back of the notebook.

glue notebook back

Glue down the top flap to attach to the notebook.

Fold top flap over

Cut another strip to fit the front/top of the notebook. This one will be about 4″ long.

cut top flap of notebook

Glue this flap to the top of notebook (on top of your first flap) and fold it around the front/top of the notebook.

glue top flap fold over flap

Print and cut out the gnomebook template. Trace the head, hat, body, and pants on different colored cardstocks (or print the template out on different colored cardstocks…mix and match to make different gnomebooks!). I chose to trace mine, but feel free to do what is most fun for you!

cut out pattern trace each template

Cut out the gnome pieces.

cut out pieces assemble gnome pieces

Now its time to start assembling the gnome! Start with the head and hat. Glue the head on so that the beard hangs off the top flap. Make sure not to glue the bottom part of the beard, because then you won’t be able to open the notebook! 🙂

glue head and beard

Next glue on the hat. It will fold over the top of the notebook just a bit. Glue it up well so it stays on there!

glue hat

Next, tuck the shirt piece under the gnome’s beard. Glue the top part of the shirt onto the top flap of the notebook, then cut the shirt where the flap ends.

glue shirt glue shirt under beard

Then glue the bottom half of the shirt onto the bottom part of the notebook (the two pieces of the shirt should come together where the flap comes down, and remember the beard will tuck in to close the notebook). Glue the pants on now, you know, right where this gnome’s pants might be!

glue pants

Now comes the part we’ve been talking about – getting  the  gnome’s beard to tuck into his belt buckle so he keeps your notebook shut and your secrets safe! Mark on the shirt where the bottom of the beard hits.

mark where beard overlaps shirt

Then, make a slit with scissors or an exacto knife. The slit should go through all pieces of cardstock.

cut slit for beard to close notebook

Give it a test to see if it works!

outline the gnome

Now comes the tricky part- cartooning a cute gnome face. Get creative, or just use gnomebook template and darken the lines. Start with pencil and finish off your design by tracing details with a pen or felt tipped marker.

draw a gnome face, or use the template outline facial features with pen or marker finishing touches, shoes color the beard

Time for the finishing touches. Use markers and/or colored pencils to add color to the gnome’s boots, belt, and beard.

finished notebook

When you’re satisfied with your creative touches, these gnomebooks are ready for their first scribbles!


 Kristin AnKristin Andersonderson is a Luther Grad from Des Moines where she designs graphics, paints, eats, and dreams of owning a vegetable farm. To see more of her work check out her webpage!

 

Paper Project: Award Ribbons

Award Ribbons

Got a spouse/son/daughter/coworker/roommate that is Crafty, Smart or Rad AF? Spring is a great time to give someone you love a huge THANK YOU and a nifty homemade award for the great work they do every day.

What You’ll Need:

• Selection of cute card stock (you can choose to handwrite your message, or you can choose one our options. Print the page right on your cardstock – this one is for grown-ups, this one is for kids)!
• Hot glue gun (or craft glue)
• Scissors
• Pen or pencil
• Ruler
• Safety pin (optional)

award ribbon materials

1. Choose one of your decorative papers for the fringe around your award ribbon and cut two 1.5 x 8″ strips.

ribbons step 1   ribbons step 2   

2. Fold each strip accordion style trying to keep the folds a narrow consistent width.

Ribbons Accordion fold

3. Glue the two accordions together to form a ring.

hot glue ribbon Ribbons Accordion fold  

4. Make the center of the award ribbon by cutting two circles of different diameters out of different card stocks. (1.5″ and 2″ circles.) If you’d like to use one of our sayings (rather than handwrite your message) you can print some options out here > (print them right on your colored cardstock). This page is for grown-ups, this page is for kids! 🙂

 trace circle

5. Glue the circles together.

 cut larger circle

6. Attach the center circle by applying plenty of glue to your accordion fringe.

glue outside

7. Hold the circle in place while the glue cools.

8. Choose a new paper for the “legs” of the ribbon. Snip the end of the strips off at an angle and glue these together, and then to the back of the ribbon.

cut legs glue legs

9. At this time you might want to attach a safety pin to back so that your award can be worn! This can be secured to the back of the ribbon with a strip of paper.

attach safety pin

10. “Smart,” “Crafty,” “Strong…” What will your award say?


Kristin Anderson
Kristin Anderson had a blast putting this spring’s paper project together! She is a Luther Grad from Des Moines where she designs graphics, paints, eats, and dreams of owning a vegetable farm. To see more of her work check out her webpage!

Me Time is Important Too!

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Me Time: Taking care of yourself makes it easier to take care of others (gasp!)

Introduction and infographic by Aryn Henning Nichols • Originally published in the Winter 2015-16 Inspire(d)

Learning how to live generously is really important work, but before you can do that, you need to be generous with yourself. It’s that whole “secure your oxygen mask before helping others,” thing, and it should be the highest priority on your list. Because you can’t do a good job helping others if you’re tired, worn-out, scattered, or cranky.

That’s right, people, you need spend some time on YOU! Lately, I’ve been repeating the mantra, “if I’m not healthy, I can’t give.” Getting yourself healthy can mean a lot of things – eating right, exercising, stretching, meditating, getting counseling – and only you can know what it’ll take. We’d like to suggest, for starters, Me Time – i.e. Downtime, solitude, play, fun, relaxation, idle moments.

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets,” essayist Tim Kreider writes in a 2012 New York Times piece, The Busy Trap. “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration – it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

Yes. Yes!

And remember that Me Time is different for everyone – some folks might feel like an hour at the gym is an escape, while others feel it’s totally torture. Respect what your self is saying. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to meditate, get some classes on the schedule. If you need to unwind with an hour of Property Brothers every day, then make it so. Afternoon naps make you feel like the shining sun? Do it! Don’t feel guilty – know that by taking care of you, you’ll better be able to take care of others. And you will. Because that’s the kind of place in which we live.

Check out this fun infographic for Me Time ideas and tips!

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