We had an amazing year this year and I wanted my little Rosalinda to have something to remind her of all the wonderful things we did and people we spent time with this year.
This project had a lot of headaches, but I'm hoping it is because I was newbie and not because it is the nature of the product.
When I decided to do a showcase, I figured it would help to have a theme to help inspire the invite and yearbook. I played with the idea of peacocks, owls, monsters, stars, dots, and a lot more. I found an invite using monster graphics on walgreens.com or walmart.com, which was my original plan. I wanted to be able to order nice quality, but economical invites that I could hand and mail out. Yeah, didn't happen. I couldn't change the "birthday" wording and couldn't find any other pre-made invites that would work.
So I ended up making my own and ordering them as photos from Walgreens.com. It took two orders due to their network resizing it and cutting off part of the invite, but we finally got it done.
|I made this invite in Microsoft Publisher, saved it as a jpg, and loaded it into my walgreens.com account.|
Sticking with this theme I went to work on her yearbook, about six weeks before the showcase. I made it all in publisher. Originally I looked at picture books, like Walgreens and Shutterfly, but for the number of pages that I wanted, I couldn't find anything in my budget.
I finally printed it out on my Epson printer (which did take A LOT of ink because I wanted it to be high quality) front and back on cardstock. I decided to take it to our local education store to be laminated and bound, but that was a fiasco. Their laminater completely ruined my pages and the laminate didn't stick to the page, creating huge bubbles. The bubbles made the images and words almost impossible to make out. It wasn't good. :( However, the owner of the educational supply store is amazing! She had me send her the files and she printed them herself, so that I didn't have to pay another $20 in ink, took it to an office supply store and had it laminated in really think laminate and bound. I didn't pay a cent! She took great care of us!
Here are my pages, so you can see how I organized it all.
|Table of Contents|
|All the places we did school this year: library, in a tent, on the porch swing, in a hospital waiting room, |
and other fun places!
|My family was listed as the faculty...I could've added other people as well that had contributed, but I thought it would mean more to my daughter if it was her family only.|
|Had to get some favorites so she can see how cool/dorky she was when she was 10, lol. :)|