When I choose a love note to transform into a greeting card there are two main things I look for. First, I want a message that can reach a wider audience than my now six-year old son. (He's a wonderful audience, but an audience of one nonetheless!) Second, I want an image that will easily work in the traditional card format. For me that size is 4.5"x 6.25".
The first evolution I'm spotlighting on the blog is the Light Up Card.
The original love note looked like this, a quick sketch of Davis's snap circuit set and a sweet note. When I created this note we had just been learning how to build functioning circuits.
and the greeting card looks like this
Of course there are a number of differences between the original love note and the finished greeting card (I didn't think the greeting card should have the "love Mama and Papa" signature!), but the original concept is present. The fact that the connecting a simple electric circuit makes a bulb light up is true whether you are a curious preschooler, a busy college student, a tired parent, or a 60-year-old business man or woman. And like basic electrical circuitry, human connection is the same whatever our age. So take the time today to connect with someone you love and light up!
Welcome to the beginning of the Everyday Beautiful Human blog! And where better to begin than with the story about the start of Everyday Beautiful Human.
Everything began with my son, Davis, and when he started preschool at St. Mark's Preschool and Kindergarten in January, 2013. In each classroom there was a mailbox and the teachers told us that parents were supposed to write a daily love note to their children so the kids could receive mail at school. At first I dashed off a quick note right at drop off, but this evolved into waking up early in the morning to sketch more and more intricate notes. And with the sketches came little poems, more elaborate drawings, block prints, and collages, all bringing me back to my old love of creating art.
At the end of Davis's stint in preschool a collection of hundreds of love notes had been created, and from that collection emerged Everyday Beautiful Human. We hope you enjoy it!