when diana was done with her academic schedule (meaning, we gave her a test to submit scores for evidence of academic progress and then declared her to be done), she and i talked about what she wanted to do. she had liked my suggestion of doing a badge mini-camp, spending time every day for a week to focus on all of the essential elements of a particular badge. she thought it would be more fun to do this with a friend, and we were all pleased that taryn agreed to participate.
the girls had looked through all the possibilities, narrowed down their own lists of choices, found the similarities, and eventually settled on book artist. i helped identify a week and time block that could work for the three of us and diana took over from there, planning the schedule and activities and collecting supplies.
at first, i just wandered about the house, occasionally peeking in to see if i could be of some use, but learned that i was not needed. the girls collaborated and compared and discussed and decided.
diana invited me to get involved about halfway through when they started to make their own books. she told me about different techniques and options and pros and cons. for multiple hours over three days, we tried and failed and changed and succeeded and followed our own paths and shared with each other.
|i actually hand-stitched actual pieces of paper together with thread!|
|hot glue gun - an essential tool for our work|
|lots of papers and cardboards and good cutting tools|
|diana's book in progress|
|taryn adding decorative edging to her pages|
|checking the outer binding|
|rubber stamps for the win!|
|diana's cookbook (left). taryn's journal (right)|
|happy book artists|
|now i have a proper birding journal|