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Weekend Creative : Naming Your Petals

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Last week this little gem made it home from school safe and sound in Simon's backpack.

What a very cool peek into some of his current favorite things and a little bit about how he's seeing himself (or how his teachers helped him identify some of his traits). My favorite petals include "reader," "kind," and "chicken burger."

I've done a variety of layouts over the years documenting our right now: things that are important to us, favorites, what we are into, etc. This is the first one in Simon's own words; in his own handwriting. Definitely a treasure to me.

This weekend consider documenting your own petals or those of someone you love. Maybe involve your family members by having them identify what are the important things in their lives right now. Ask simple questions like "what's your favorite food" or "what are you really good at?" and have them write their own words if they are able.Ali_petals

This is definitely not a complicated exercise. It's a silly little way to document a bit of your life right now. Grab a piece of scratch paper and draw a simple flower or download and print the one below. Simon's flower has 10 petals but don't worry about the number, just write. Don't forget to add the date.

These flowers would make a sweet little family minibook, a nice accent on a layout of each person, or you could gather a bunch together and create a "bouquet" of all your family member's flowers.

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AE_NameYourPetal_PREV To get you started here's a simple flower download (the same one I used for my flower above) that is ready and waiting to be printed and decorated by you and your loved ones.

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[ weekend creative is a semi-regular feature appearing on Fridays : past projects can be located in the here. ]

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114 thoughts

  1. Amy says…
    05/29/2009

    Very cute idea Ali! and Simon! It would make an adorable mini book!

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  2. Sylvia says…
    05/29/2009

    What a supercute idea!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the sweet gift!

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  3. Chris Dukes says…
    05/29/2009

    What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing the flower download. When I was reading your story I was thinking where can I get a flower like that?
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. {vicki} says…
    05/29/2009

    WOW! WHAT A TREASURE INDEED!
    WILL DEFINATLEY DO THIS

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  5. Victoria says…
    05/29/2009

    Cool, Ali. As a midwife, I'm very pleased to see that 'nursing Anna' made it as one of your petals. Good job! Thanks for the download and have a good weekend!

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  6. Christina Thomas says…
    05/29/2009

    Thank you for the download! I will be posting this to my blog today!! Love your creativity! Visit http://www.theoriginalscrapbox.com and check out their products.

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  7. Sara from La Mirada says…
    05/29/2009

    You should give a "shout out" to the teacher who gave Simon this assignment. Teachers love to get credit when it is deserved. ALso, my favorite word on Simon's flower is "accepting" I think that is a powerful word choice for a boy his age. Great idea...I may have to lift this and try it with my own students in the Fall. It would ba a great "ice breaker" activity. Thanks!

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  8. Allegra says…
    05/29/2009

    I hope my kid brings home something like that -- how so totally sweet. Star Wars? Smart? I love it.

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  9. Amanda says…
    05/29/2009

    Super sweet! I can't wait to get home to the boys tonight to fill one out for them. As usual, thanks so much for sharing another creative way to document our lives!

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  10. carol says…
    05/29/2009

    as always, thank ali for sharing your life, family & creative ideas with us! happy weekend.

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  11. char says…
    05/29/2009

    ALi,
    If you decide to turn this into a LO, please will you share it?!

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  12. Catherine says…
    05/29/2009

    Thanks Ali, luv the flower and what a great way to do a quick and meaningful layout.
    Catherine

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  13. Gabi says…
    05/29/2009

    This is such a great idea for a project, Ali! I love Simon's flower, definitely a treasure. I keep all of my children crafts in their keepsake boxes as well :). Thank you for the flower and for inspiration.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Carol (ScrapMomOf2) says…
    05/29/2009

    Thanks for the download! I particularly like this idea for this time of year. As the school year comes to a close, it's a great idea to capture what my girls' interests are right NOW! I'm printing these out for all of us today!

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  15. Jessica Stoops says…
    05/29/2009

    Cool idea! thanks for the flower. I was trying to figure out how I was going to make one that looked okay. You rock!
    Jessica

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  16. jenny says…
    05/29/2009

    fun idea..thanks!

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  17. Carol (ScrapMomOf2) says…
    05/29/2009

    Ooops, forgot to mention . . . Simon's flower is truly a treasure! I love it!

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  18. Jennifer Kolakowski says…
    05/29/2009

    So cute! Thanks so much Ali! Have a great weekend.
    Jen Kolakowski

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  19. Denise Laborde says…
    05/29/2009

    I have two words for you : AWESOME!
    Wow! I love this idea and can feel your excitement seeing Simon through Simon's eyes + handwriting. I am not there yet with my children so I will be writing in their answers.
    [I'm printing and filling my petals out and then I'll be back to read your petals.]
    Thank you. So. Much.

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  20. jakki says…
    05/29/2009

    I cant wait to do this! On myself and several members of my family for some layouts....

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  21. Hannah says…
    05/29/2009

    I just love Simon's petals!!! What a fun project!
    Thanks so much for the flower!

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  22. MelissaL88 says…
    05/29/2009

    Thanks for the inspiration, Ali! I already know what I want to do for my family :) Have a great weekend!

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  23. Brandi says…
    05/29/2009

    I love this Ali! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Joy Buss says…
    05/29/2009

    Thanks Ali! I printed it off and will name my petals today. Thanks for a fun Friday project! Have a great weekend.

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  25. Linn says…
    05/29/2009

    This is a cute idea...teachers are the best resources for scrapbooking, I think!

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