Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BLURB's Turning Your Blog into a Book!

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A few years ago, I started to create a blog to write and share my thoughts and opinions. It has become my journal online and I really fell in love with blogging. It's pretty much the same as keeping a personal diary, but the difference is the absence of a pen and paper. And because of the overwhelming influence of the digital world today, I was thinking, it would be wonderful to have my writings printed and read them over again, flipping through the pages while having my tea time.

My blog turned into a book? That would be an awesome idea.

photo grabbed from Blurb.com

Thankfully, Blurb came up with their exciting and newest feature that bloggers would definitely love!

Blurb now has a BLOG IMPORT feature on BookWright, where you can turn your digital content into a beautiful book! This new feature accepts just about any blog building tool, including the most commonly used platform such as Blogger, Wordpress, and Squarespace, and pulls text and images directly into the tool.

You also have total control by converting blog pages into your own print-ready layouts with BookWright’s help. This brand new tool is a great opportunity to build your brand or create profit opportunities from content you already have by making a digital or print book.

Amazing, right?! I can't wait to try this out and have my blog finally printed and make it to my own book!

And if you want to learn more about BookWright, please visit here

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Friday, January 27, 2017

NEW! Double Knitting Workshop with Edie Eckman

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In this easy-to-follow class, master knitter Edie Eckman provides you with all the skills you need to start double knitting. Edie demonstrates the basics to get started and shows how to follow charts, building up reversible patterns in double-faced Stockinette stitch. You will love learning how to double knit, and as part of this class, you'll receive the pattern to make Edie's Double Knit Scarf!

Share this class with your friends and learn how to double knit together!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

We're Half-Way Through Creative Boot Camp - Working in Monochrome

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We sure do love colors and use them on all our artworks, but sometimes you don’t really need every crayon in the box – one color is actually enough to create a wonderful piece.

In part 4 of Creative Boot Camp, Lisa focuses on choosing a single color and working in a monochrome color palette. Not only is this exercise good practice for self-editing, it also helps explain the various shades and hues that are possible within a single color. Using a variety of mediums and sketchbook spreads, you will unlock all of the possibilities of working in monochrome!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Creative VALENTINE'S Day Gifts with SEEDLING

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Valentine's Day is around the corner and this is one of my favorite holidays. There is nothing better than telling our loved ones how much we love them. If you are looking for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with kids, here are some great finds you will love.

Meet Seedling, the leader in creative activity kits. They currently offer 20% off all Valentine's Day gifts, until February 6. Use code love-17 at check-out.

Valentine's Day creative gifts

Check out the cute creative classroom gifts, or these Valentine's Day card making kits, perfect for the occasion, or the assortment of creative activity kits that make perfect Valentine's Day gifts for your little ones.

These gifts are sure to be a hit on Valentine's Day. Enjoy the 20% off coupon and START SHOPPING NOW.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Creativebug and Jo-Ann Exclusive Offer

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Here's another EXCLUSIVE OFFER from Creativebug and Jo-Ann to start the New Year with this fantastic deal!

New members will get a 30-Day Free Trial to Creativebug + Save 30% off at Jo-Ann. You will have unlimited access to Creativebug's online art and craft classes, and saving on the materials you need to get making at the same time.

New Year, new creative goals, new you! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Groovy Lab in a Box Is Much More Than Science Supplies

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What problems have you solved today? Every day we are challenged with solving problems, and as adults, we don't think about the process that goes into finding a solution because we have years of practice. We learned at an early age to be problem solvers.

Groovy Lab in a Box wants to help children be problem solvers too. They foster creative innovation of children, beginning in their early informative years, by enticing their innate curiosity and determination through the engineering design process.

What is the Engineering Design Process?

Engineering Design Process

NASA's example of the Engineering Design Process "involves a series of steps that lead to the development of a new product or system." In fact, all engineering design processes start with the identification of a problem, or asking of a question to a solution or conclusion.  Educators around the world use varying steps in a design process.

Here's how Groovy Lab in a Box does it

Each month STEMists receive a subscription box that focuses on a certain theme. The box provides all the supplies necessary to complete the investigations, experiments and design challenge outlined in a retro-style custom, subject-specific lab notebook.  However, their boxes don’t stop there. Through the contents of their boxes, Groovy Lab in a Box encourages children to channel their inner STEMists, guiding them through the steps of the engineering design process. In fact, the engineering design process is central for completing the activities in the box.

Next, children brainstorm on how they should complete each task based on the information they learned and discuss creative ways to design their project.  Then, they will plan how to build the design.  Once the STEMists build the design, they test their design, and observe and record the result.  The last step is to redesign it to fix any problems that may have occurred in their first design. STEMists go through this process with each of the activities, putting to good use the groovy lab notebook that guides them through the engineering design process. 

Groovy Lab in a Box has closely aligned its mission with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in teaching STEM to students. STEM education and learning through the engineering design process is imperative to our future.  Groovy Lab in a Box, like many educational organizations and STEM-driven companies, agree that America is behind other major-playing countries in teaching and learning STEM.

Thinking outside of the box

The lessons don't stop with the box delivered to their subscribers' doors.  All STEMists continue learning through access to "Beyond…in a Box," a unique web portal containing videos, interactive activities to supplement what they are learning through the box projects.

Groovy Lab in a Box challenges children to create their own designs by using the engineering design process and to think outside the box. Would you like Groovy Lab in a Box delivered to your door step? Check out their subscription options and get started today!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Part 2 of Creative Boot Camp is Here!

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Each of us has a color palette we tend to lean toward, and part 2 of Creative Boot Camp explores just this. 

Learn how to build upon your favorite palettes, investigating color relationships and proportions in order to achieve optimal composition and flow. To put this lesson into practice, Lisa will show how to create a sketchbook collage with these principles in mind. Creative Boot Camp is the perfect class for beginners and seasoned artists alike, with each week focusing on a new lesson and prompts.

Are you taking this class with your creative friends? Share your art work via Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #cbugbootcamp.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Year's Resolutions (and savings!) with Creativebug

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Get your 2017 started with your New Year's resolution to be more creative and have more fun with arts and crafts.

And with all the line-up of sewing and craft projects you have in mind, this is probably the best way to kick-start your year! Because Creativebug teamed up once again with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to offer their new members a fantastic deal:

Get a 30-Day Free Trial to Creativebug + Save 30% at Jo-Ann with code JOANN

You will find new sewing and crafting inspiration every day with online DIY classes taught by their leading artists and instructors.

Don't let this opportunity pass by, join Creativebug and check out their 1000+ online video classes now!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Creative Boot Camp: Spark Your Artistic Discovery with Lisa Congdon

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Lisa Congdon is in the house! Lisa is back at Creativebug and is teaching her meatiest class yet, Creative Boot Camp.

Creative Boot Camp is a 6-week series that will give you a deep dive into the artistic process, including how to work with color, add collage, and go outside to gather inspiration.

This series will help you develop your creative voice, and is ideal for both beginners and advanced artists alike.

This class is the perfect New Year's jump start. Don't miss out, part 1 is now live, and each new part releases on Tuesdays!