You might be wondering why I created a printable calendar at the end of March. Well, I'm due to have a second daughter on May 15 this year and I've just recently started to plan ahead. Perhaps next year, I'll create on that starts in January? We shall see.
At first, I looked for free printable calendars elsewhere and found some cute ones. I really loved this one from elli and printed it out only to find that it starts on Monday! I tried the Monday start of the week until I was fed up with it. Thus the calendar to the left was born.
While creating this calendar, I didn't want to have to manually plug in the right dates and holidays, so I was really happy when I found a site for editable calendars. Saved me a ton of time.
I may end up being the only one who uses this March through December 2014 Calendar, but I thought I'd put it out on the World Wide Web, just in case. Click to download the file below for personal use only ©Kaelie Nielsen Design.
2 • A little while after she learned the alphabet, I would be silent and have my daughter say "A" and "I" when they were in the story. Then I taught her "the" and two-letter words like "of" and "is". One day she surprised me while reading Dick and Jane - she recognized "something" and would say it when I pointed to it.
3 • We got the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat book app on our iPhones and she would touch each word to find out what it said then later we'd read from the actual book.
4 • She plays Starfall on our computer and we have a starfall app on our phone. I try not to have too much screen time, but if she's going to be playing with one, at least she's learning something.
5 • Instead of focusing on sounding out the words, we focused on memorizing them. Let's face it: every rule in the English language is broken.
6 • We read to her at night and since she no longer naps, I will read to her during "quiet time." She also likes to read on her own, which is a blessing. Before she could read, she would make up the stories, and I believe that's good practice too.
7 • I have been reading to her since she was born, she listened to all of Jane Austen's books because I was interested in those at the time. It felt weird to read to her when I felt like she wasn't really taking anything in, but I have since learned that she was taking something in. What? I don't know, but babies can understand a lot more than we tend to give them credit for. I also read board books when I wanted to interact with her and couldn't think of something else to do.
Will this work for you? I have no idea. Every kid is different. Why did I take the time to post this then? Because even though every kid is different, some do learn in the same way. Hopefully, this will help somebody somewhere.
My sister started a Crafty Christmas Swap over on her blog where a bunch of us random crafters signed up to make and then send ornaments to each other. I had a lot of ideas involving Shrinky-Dinks and some sort of printable. The joy ornament shown below is what I ended up going with. In the process, I created a few printables that didn't work as ornaments, but would work as something else. Please note all of my free printables are for personal use only.
I created the Christmas printables above for a 2" circle punch. I was going to put them on either side of a flat round glass ornament I had filled with epsom salt (to look like snow), but when shrunk, the designs ended up as the size of a nickel. A nickel was just too small for the ornament. However, these designs would work great printed on card stock as tags for presents to neighbors and friends.
P.S. I participated in this craft swap with 4 other crafters.
I'll come back and add to this post with photos of their ornaments as I get the goodies in the mail.
CGtextures is a great resource for designers. I have used the textures in many of my designs. For instance, I photoshopped the wood planks and paper pieces below...
I decided they needed a little more contrast, so I took them into photoshop again.
This was a fun project. If you live near St. Helens, I highly recommend banking with my client. They're really great AND if you know someone else who banks there, you can get 25 bucks!
Recently, I've been asked about a few things regarding typography. This blog is basically copied and pasted from my emails in response to the questions.
If you've read my previous posts, you may have noticed I didn't keep up with desktop photos. Since I was gone for the month of June, my desktop was outdated for a month. So, instead of designing the month on the photo, I've uploaded my desktop photos below (right click to download). © Kaelie Nielsen Design 2013.
Yeah... I'm a fan of flowers.