06 May 2011

How to shine (Part 1)

I don't write much personal stuff on my blog.  But to understand the next project, it's probably useful to know that my 10 year old daughter lives life on the autism spectrum. Some days she is extremely rigid in her routine daily activities - fixated and inflexible.  Some days she is easily distracted and overwhelmed - with not a clue what to do next.  Mornings are a stressful time of day.  After positive steps forward in some areas this year, and regression in others, we decided we would try out some new checklists.

This is the first one, which is A4 size and designed to be clipped on a clipboard or just pegged to the fridge:

I used very few materials for this project:  The cardboard is a heavy piece of backing board that came with my photographic paper.  The fonts are freebies from the web - 'Block Letters Tryout' and 'Quick End Jerk'.  The patterned paper is from a very old Christmas range by Alison Ellis Designs.  The foam alphas are American Crafts Thickers.  The image is "Star Bright Tia" from Some Odd Girl.  I made the ribbon stars to mimic the asterisks on the paper:

I've had this on my 'to do' list for months and I've been procrastinating.  The following challenges gave me a push in the right direction:

# Charisma Cardz ~ No cards allowed
# My Partner in Crafting Crime ~ Incorporate numbers
# Show Us Your Stuff ~ Ribbon
# Paper Sundaes ~ Favourite hair colours
I coloured the image in PhotoShop.  The hexidecimal codes for the colours of her hair are: #ddba68, #debb69, #fad680, #fad67e, #cea646, #cda746

EDITED 23/5/11: Selected as "Most Wanted" at My Partner in Crafting Crime!
Thank you xx


  1. I love this Karen, Nate may be a part of this spectrum...he is going to pre-school instead of prep, it's just a year....what a great subject to document. need to do this too. Melxx

  2. Great project! Love the color combo - great stitching too!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

    Alica ;)

  3. brilliant, doll! i'm sure Jazi loves this, and what a positive way to approach something that might otherwise be annoying or a nag! SO happy you shared this with us - the Odd Girls and the Charisma Gals thank you for playing! ;)


    and a very, very happy mother's day to you, my lovely friend! you're fabulous!

  4. this is brilliant!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

  5. Hi Karen!
    So excited to see you pop up on SUYS! How are you? I gotta say how much I love this design and idea for Jasmine. My kids could use something similar I reckon! Gorgeous work.


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