Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Origami Christmas

I'm relieved, proud, chuffed, worn-out and all sorts of other words to describe the fact that I've finally finished 'Origami Christmas'!

We had plenty of discussion beforehand to decide whether it should be in the form of a series of card kits but finally decided that a DVD was best.  That way we could include different colour choices for the same items together with matching backgrounds etc.

I'm pretty pleased with the results especially because, while a few of the origami concepts are tried and tested, for 2 or 3 of them I worked out the origami-folding myself!

All of the printed bits are of course our own design.  Much of the printing makes it extremely easy to work out where to fold it (and which way up to have the paper!), and where it doesn't we've provided guidelines to make folding pretty fool-proof.

Which is my favourite?  So difficult.... My OH likes the penguins best....

While I like the stars.... they're kind of sophisticated (but tricky to fold!).

But the snowman and robin are really cute - and really easy to fold....

The Santa is great for the young ones.... although I can think of some older ones that would like him too!

Had my nan still been with us she'd have loved this poinsettia.

It's been a pleasure working on all of the origami ideas so I hope you like them.

There are printable folding diagrams included on the disc which are pretty easy to follow but if you need more help, we have step-by-step photos on the website to make it really easy-peasy.

To take a look at all the card projects you can make, go to www.printableheaven.com

Origami Christmas DVD available now at the special introductory price of £9.99.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

American History

My 'big' project at the moment is working on an origami Christmas DVD for the website, as usual a labour of love where some days I'm focused and some.... well I'm just not!

I think I'll be more together from tomorrow onwards when both of my children are back at school, well I hope so anyway..... although I have decided that my job is far too sedentary and I should walk every day for at least half an hour to the post office.  And pick blackberries.... and go swimming.  More digressions from Origami Christmas methinks....

One of my 'sidetrack' days led me into looking at American history as I fancied putting together a product for another site that I produce for, Teachers Pay Teachers (www.teacherspayteachers.com).  This is a site where teachers (and publishers) upload products they've made that will assist with lessons and school work - a way to not 'waste' the lesson-plan you've worked on, but to share it with other teachers in order to make a little extra.

I've got quite a lot on there, lots of discs and graphics collections (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sandie-Printable-Heaven) including the one I put on yesterday - A Timeline of American History.

This isn't something that I think will make it onto Printable Heaven as it's not really the right kind of market for it but I'm hoping it will do well on TPT.

And in the true spirit of vintage, all the pictures included in the collection (all 85 of them!) come from an out of copyright American History children's book.  Here are just 3 of them (lots of Brownie points if you can name the event depicted!).

You can see the collection here.