Need a card? Print your own!

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Insanely beautiful and very trendy, these fun little note cards at the great little website called Caravan are FREE!  All you need to do is download and print them onto your own cardstock.  While you’re there, you can also read their creative blog and maybe be inspired to do something special this weekend! Have fun!

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Love, Aunt Karen and Uncle Louis

I found a funny site that posts actual cards, letters or notes that people send in, written by sincere but thoughtless people in their livesThe Christmas cards really struck me as funny but sad at the same time.  How about getting one of these in the mail?

vickiI especially love that although this person completely forgot the name of one of the people she was sending the card to, at least she didn’t leave them out altogether.    And what about this nice sentiment from someone’s aunt and uncle:

jessicaI’m not sure why someone would send a card like this, although it was under the heading “two birds with one snowman”, which sums it up.  Thanks to the people at Passiveaggressivenotes.com for the constant source of laughter.  (Some content on this site might not be suitable for all readers.)

Pop!

Pop up books are a favourite of the children at our storytime. I often have a completely focused audience when I open a pop up book.  They are really fascinating, actually, with gorgeous colours and wonderful shapes, so why wouldn’t a child be entranced?  But how exactly did pop up books begin?

The first of this type of book, which also encompasses movable objects in books, was made even before we started printing books, in the mid 1200’s. The first example is by a poet and mystic, Ramon Llull, who filled a book with moving circles which were stuck to pages in order to show the difference between superior and inferior things.  He believed the moving of circles which were of different sizes, was “a method of obtaining a higher knowledge of all things by simple mechanical means (the turning of circles) in the shortest time”.

In the fourteenth century, books with lift up flaps were used but mostly in medical journals of anatomy in order that a student could lift a flap to see multiple levels of a particular part of the body, from skin down to the bone and everything in between.

Children did not have their own pop-up books until well into the early nineteenth century, and even then, it took some time for them to catch on.  All of these interesting facts and more can be found at a fabulous site done by the University of North Texas here.

Puss in Boots. Illustrated pop-up ed. New York: Blue Ribbon Press, 1934. Illustrated by C. Carey Cloud and Harold B. Lentz.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own pop-up book, Joan Irvine has a wonderful and easy way to do so if you visit her page all about pop-up books.  I have planned my own version of this pop up card for a later storytime, and I know the kids will have a blast! You can also find a few more ideas at CyberBee.com

Pop ups are even becoming popular once again as handmade cards.  I have bought several this year, and all are quite beautiful and very unexpected, and most were for adults!  I love Etsy for the best ones, and some of my favourite card makers can be found here and here.

Tracy Chong Giraffes Pop Up Card

Crankbunny Hummingbird Card (The wings flap on this one when you pull the little flower petal.)

So the next time you see something with a pop up, think about all the work that goes into making it so enjoyable and you’ll love it even more!