Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Getting Our Spring On

Taking into consideration the obvious theme of many recent photos and various posts on the subject, I guess it goes without saying that I love the promise of early spring. With the beauty of every blossom I am inspired; each new bloom, each tender bud, each tiny revealing of color emerging from sleepy green stalks and woody branches.

My girls and I have been enjoying discovery walks, photo excursions and crafty afternoons all in honor of spring’s arrival. About a month ago we began working on a collaborative project we're calling The First of Spring. It’s a mix of photos, paintings, leave rubbings, words, and even a super-springy poem (courtesy of my 10-year-old). As the finishing touch we bound the pages in an HP Photo Book to have something to commemorate our celebration and creative burst.

Sharing my camera with my kids is a given. Yes, I’m one of those moms that hands over the big, heavy, expensive SRL to my kids and let them have at it. They were definitely excited to take photos for our project. But what added to the fun was the painting and the writing that we added to embellish the book and make it a true mixed media-scrap book kind of thing. The do-it-yourself-book binding worked perfectly with all of the elements (to my delight) because the binding opens easily and pinches closed to hold all the goodies together. I think I might even have the kids paint on the cover (it's linen) as an added touch.

Because more than anything, I suppose I’m gushing over my children's enthusiasm and creativity, I wanted to share some photos of our process (like the one I shared over at the April Snapshot at HP) as well as the spring poem my daughter wrote for the book. If you can't read the poem, feel free to pop over to the original collage created at Tabblo. Adorable!

Perhaps this inspires you and your kids to get busy as bees this month in celebration of the good green earth. Feel free to share your ideas and links to your own projects here in the comments.

Happy Creating!

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jen lemen said...

this is so luscious i can hardly stand it.

Christina said...

Oh my goodness, how I love this. the concept is beautiful and the execution is so lovely. My girl's a bit young for this now, but perhaps next spring we will create our own First of Spring project.

Becoming Me said...

That is awesome.

Megan said...

love that poem -- i she's as proud of it as you are :). i think we'd be out enjoying spring more here if it were not quite so wet...:)

melody is slurping life said...

This is just fantubulous! (a kid's choice word)

You are the girls do inspire. LOVE the poem.

Mandaroo said...

That looks great! Will have to try it. I'm sure Violet would love to help me make on : )

hipmomma said...

You are just the master of flower pictures. It's lovely.