Thursday, June 7, 2012

Honoring Teachers

So, this morning my youngest had his graduation ceremony from the Culinary Program.  He has had some of the best and most caring teachers influence him and keep him focused and motivated. He was Team Leader of a Culinary Management Team that won the NYS Restaurant Association's Prostart Competition.  They went on to Nationals in Baltimore and while they did not win they won the respect of many judges.  I went along on the trip as the unofficial "official" photographer.  I knew it was something I had to do.  It was a bad time money wise and time wise, but YOLO, right?  I am so glad I went.  I had the opportunity to see the interaction between him and his teammates and his teachers and it was inspiring and made me so proud.  I wanted to thank his three teachers that were on the trip so we picked out three pics that we thought would be the most meaningful to each of them and I made these shadowboxes.  I was short on time.  Almost none of the products are Close To My Heart.. very unlike me because I LOOOVE our products.  I went to JoAnn's to buy the shadowboxes the other night and knew I better get some pre-made embellishments.  I needed mostly masculine items as two of the teachers were men, and the one for the female teacher was the ship so I really couldn't fill it with flowers.  I got mostly products from Tim Holtz and Jolee and since I'd already slipped into the abyss I decided to use paper from CM that I had bought at a rep's crop.  Each one has a key in it to signify how they were key to the kids' success and development.  My favorite product find was the Filmstrip Ribbon from Tim Holtz.  I shrunk some of the pics from the trip down to size and strung them together and placed them behind the clear filmstrip ribbon... I LOVE the look of it... I can't wait to use it on a scrapbook page.  Never fear.. tomorrow I will be back to my CTMH ways.. but it was fun to stretch my creative muscles a bit and use some different products.  BTW... I think the teachers liked them!