all about loopy

Loopy had to produce one of those "all about me" assignments for her English class at the start of the term. Each student was asked to create a scrapbook about their lives, their interests and their families. It was a ginormous task worth a huge chunk of her midterm grade. She decided to put together one of her famous paper-bag scrapbooks:


Do you recognize the bags? I raided my stash of shopping bags, they're from Sephora. It just worked out that over the years I've had different sizes and shapes of Sephora bags... imagine that. This is why I never throw things away. Reduce, reuse and recycle, baby!


I helped her punch the bags together using the two largest ones for the cover and staggering the placement of the medium and small bags. This kept the book interesting and inexpensive. The tiny scraps of ribbon are all mismatched but that adds to the appeal, no?


We kept the handles on the outside bags, so it could be toted around and handed in easily. I saved the handles that I removed from the small bags, of course. You'll see those here other time. You know you will.


Straight up, let me tell you: Loopy kept this light and fun. Some teachers want the full story. You know... are your parents divorced? Who do you live with? All that jazz. Loopy would have none of it. She's not really into sharing personal stuff at school. Plus, it's all in her permanent record. The teacher can find it there if he is so inclined, she announced.


She decided to focus on "things she couldn't live without" and "her prized possessions," stuff like that. Check out the interactivity. The cards pulled out of the little bags. She listed her likes and dislikes on cards in that pink envelope... pasted upside down, it had been used before. Repurposing is what it's all about, man.


The Hello Kitty tags came on some PJ's. Some charms and mismatched earrings, too.


She sort of stole the clip from the craft room desk, but whatever. It matched.


A bag within a bag! A snap of her Triple Flip photo shoot mounted on a Triple Flip shopping bag! The pull tag was the cut end of a clothing tag from White House Black Market. I told you, I never throw anything away. Anything! You dig?



I dig the small bags laying on top of the medium and large bags. It all worked.



Pullout snapshots of cousins in the "family" bag.


She included our famous chocolate chip cookie recipe. She even made a batch of cookies and slipped some into that bag for the teacher. Nice work.


That cardboard iPod came from the iPod packing. Hey, there's the other half of that clothes tag... and a Jonas Brothers tag from a JB hat... imagine that.


A whole pull out bag devoted to the Jonai, filled with lyrics and info about them. You had to know she'd do that.


Her grade: an "F" for "fascinating." Some kids got "A" for "acceptable." Explain that to your kid with Asperger's.

39 comments:

Joanne said...

That book is nothing short of AMAZING! Wow! Talk about like mother, like daughter! That girl's got an artsy eye for sure! Love it, Loopy! :)

scrappaleica said...

That was super super awesome!!!! Sasha, totally send it in to the mag, or I will and make sure you identify it as a teenager did it! LOL I think that is totally publish worthy! seriously.
LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

submissions@canadianscrapbooker.ca

oh, and I can get the slides from you on Sat. I am going to teach them sat. night now.
thanks gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

It is so fab she is so cute. I too save all of that stuff with grand plans for it. After it sits around for about 6 months I trash it. I so wish you were my neighbor you are your daughter are soo damn crafty and kewl.

Lisa in DE

Karen of the KAGS said...

That is fantastic I love it - well done Miss Loopy & I'm totally with Leica - submit it!
I guess that means one day I really will use my collection of bags, tags, labels & other findings!

Babsarella said...

Super FANTASTIC and creative!!! What an incredible job she did...but then I would expect nothing less from such a marvelously creative family!! So glad she got the great grade and that the teacher could appreciate all the hard work she put into this project. BRAVO!!! Oh, and added kudos for all the recycling too!!

Cheryl said...

From another scrapbooker, I agree with Leica, send it in!!! It would be so neat to see it published. I could say I knew her when, once she becomes famous!!!

Anonymous said...

One word--BRILLIANT!!!

Stephanie B
ladyluck@shaw.ca

Sandra said...

What a fabulous project. She did an amazing job. The scrapbook is a permanent record of who she is right now. She will look back on her handiwork with pride and so should you! If my daughter has to do a project like this, can I send her to your house?

Naomi said...

WOW is all I have to say! That is STUNNING work! Makes me want to be back at school right now, looks like fun...hehehe. Great work Loopy! F for FANTASTIC!

P.S Our little Jonas puppy is being spoilt rotten! He has also gained a cute little bandanna around his neck :)

Grace said...

F = FABULOUS!! All these ladies said it all. I just stared and stared and said wow! Imagine when she is older and the 2 of you open something amazing together. You are both so crafty and beautiful. Yes definately submit it to a scrapbook magazine. Thank you for sharing tell her she so ROCKS!!!

SOINSPIRED said...

I'm speechless. Her book is nothing short of amazing. I'm assuming that Fascinating grade is actually an A.

Jerri-Lea said...

Awesome job Loopy! I have seen many of those assignments through the years and you "outdid yourself!"
I'm with the other ladies, Submit it!
And yay to Saucy for never throwing anything out!!

Taija said...

A-mazing!! What a fun project!! She did a fantastic job, no doubt it will create quite a stir when she hands it in! She had awesome photos to work with too! Loved it!

Jill said...

OMG! That book is fabulous! Miss Loopy definitely has an artistic sense-- so amazing!
Love all the "recycled" details- very cool!
Hugs,
Jill

the treat girl said...

wwwwwaaayy super FAB!!! Can't wait to show my Cindylou....it would be a fun project "just because"....and niiiiiccce touch with the cookies for the teacher!! :)

Sue Sparks said...

Wow, what a treasure to hand down through the ages:)

Suzy said...

I LURRVE it!!!!! So wonderfully creative....Great job Loopy!

Denise @ Life on Stepping Stone Lane said...

Love it! Good job Loopy!!!

MJ said...

Yahoo Loopy! Submit it!

(PS: I recognized the Diva stuff! Glad it came in handy!)

(PSS: Got the initials in the mail! I am swamped in mounds of photos presently so anticipate a delayed thank you note!)

alittlebitofscrap said...

ADORABLE!!

Just say Julie said...

What a fun project. I would love it if my students took the initiative to do something like that! Great job Loopy!

Carri said...

Wow how absolutely gorgeous I love it. You and Loopy are so amazingly creative.

jkddz said...

amazing... submit it for sure...
OR maybe she will be the next guest for a class at one of the Big scrap events!

I would love to make one like that for the Grandparents for Christmas...I just need a FULL how to with step by step photos ;)

Jen Anderson said...

You are both supergeniuses.

kerryanne said...

Okay, WOW.

Rhonda Roo said...

I 4 Incredible.
Loopy Rocks. :-)

Rafael's Mum said...

What a beautiful project! Loopy can be proud! Fantastic work, fantastic taste. I'd give it an III*.

Incredible, Inventive, Insurpassable STAR !!

Bet it was THE BEST there!!

Go Loopy GO!!

CuteStuffInside said...

A+++!

S.W.A.K.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That is SO outside the box--I LOVE it! Brilliant and Fabulous, Cunning, Divine and reeking of Awesomeness (I gave her an A-F on this project).

Tina S said...

What a great book! I want it...or one like it...for myself. Fab ideas and excellent use of recycled materials. I still cannot believe that girl is only 14! She is so glamorous and beautiful and poised! Magnificent!

bluemuf said...

Oh My....that scrapbook is totally fantastic. Loopy you did a wonderful job and it should be submitted.

Way to Go!!!!

Hugs Karen

Coco said...

She did a great job. I hope the "F" was really for fantastic. I would hate to think a teacher didn't like her creativity. They can't expect her to divulge her personal life if she doesn't want to.

ChaChaneen said...

An F....? As in below D-? Oh my stars! Well I think it says A LOT about her, what was he looking for... from birth to present day?
Hope the cookies repeated on him! lol

Loopy, you did a A-W-E-S-O-M-E job! I've never seen that type of scrapbook style bag before. I lurve it!

Doreen said...

That is totally amazing!!! As a very proud owner of an original Bag 'n Tag book by Miss Loopy, I can attest to her incredible creativity and vision!! Just like her Momma!!
Oh, and what the heck kind of grading do you have in Canada?! l-)

Amy said...

She is so talented! It looks wonderful.

queen-of-nostalgia said...

This is fabulous :) Loopy - you are one creative gal! love it! The "F" was a good one, right? Like the teacher was trying to be creative or something? Like in Harry Potter when "T" is for Troll?

My nephew (17) has Aspberger's, and my twins (4) have autism, so I can related to the frustration of "translation" of goofy adult behavior :)

Kim said...

That is nothing short of amazing. What talent. And, I think that those little details tell a lot more about Loopy than "I have one brother & a cat".

Tell me that the "F" was the best grade possible, please tell me that!

{Happy Homes} said...

You ARE kidding about the "f" right? So amazing and adorable;0)
blessings,
t

PLEASE tell me your are joking about the "f"...

Lisa said...

I love it! Ali Edwards does a Tuesday Tutorial on her blog every Tuesday, and I bet she would LOVE to post a tute on Loopy's bag album. I have made many bag albums, but never thought to use department store bags! I only have used lunch bags. This was GREAT! An A++ for Sidney!!