Today was a busy day for me as I had my hair cut and highlighted and then a mini photo shoot with a newborn. Despite the hectic schedule, we did savor the outdoors and the signs of spring blooming around us.
While the oldest went to a friend's house today, the middle was beside himself with sadness over the loss of his playmate, so we went on an adventure. We went in search of snapping turtles.
We have a wonderful nature preserve close by that is true swamp territory. There is a boardwalk/path providing the perfect lookout post. The youngest slept while the middle explored and picked flowers for his mother. And we were lucky enough to spot several turtles sunny themselves on logs.
I wish I had the time to fully partake in the "A Week in the Life" Project with Ali, but alas, this week is spring break for my kids and I have lots of photography projects on my plate right now. Therefore, I will be doing an abridged version. I am hoping to just take a few photos each day and share them here.
This boy had a blast on his first day of vacation...the beautiful sunshine allowed for lots of time outdoors playing hockey and baseball.
Tuesday brought a visit to the ice cream stand...Superhero ice cream for him.
And vanilla for him. He really loves his sweets...can you tell?
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I have a tutorial for you today, though it is so simple that I'm not sure if I should really call it a tutorial. However, I have wanted to make a 'Memory Game' for Luke for a while now, so I thought I would take photos as I worked on it and share it with you.
For this game, I made a set of 16 cards, though that seems to be a bit too many. We have been playing with 10 pairs (20 cards), but the extras allow for us to rotate different images in.
Here are the supplies you need:
(1) paper cutter
(2) corner rounder punch
(4) 2-sheets of cardstock (*I sandwiched the cardstock between the photo and patterned paper to give the cards more durability, but you can bypass this if you choose.)
(5) 2-sheets of patterned paper (*must be the same pattern)
(6) photos (2 of each)
I selected the photos I wanted to use and since I was making it to play with Luke, I chose images that would be most relevant and meaningful to him. In Photoshop, I cropped all the photos to 3" x 3" and printed them onto photo paper. Be sure you print 2 copies of each image.
Using your paper trimmer, cut out your photos.
Next cut your patterned paper to 3" x 3" and you will also do this with the cardstock. I made a total of 16 patterned pieces and 16 cardstock pieces.
I used the corner rounder here before adhering all the pieces together. I find that it is sometimes difficult and requires lots of strength to get the corner rounder to punch through several pieces of paper (some being cardstock). Now, this did require that I do some trimming when it came time to adhere the pieces together, but it wasn't a problem. If you have an extra durable corner rounder punch, you certainly can adhere all your pieces together and then corner round at the end.
I put adhesive on the back of the photo and adhered it to the middle piece of cardstock. Then I put adhesive on the back of the cardstock and adhered the patterned paper so one side is the photo and the other is the patterned paper.
Once you have all your cards made, enjoy looking at the personalized, meaningful photos.
And then play, play, play!
Enjoy! I hope you have found this tutorial to be helpful!
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