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.