Saturday, January 20, 2018

Postcard Happiness Project - an infowrap








Postcard happiness is a site dedicated to encouraging the sending postcards.

The idea is to explore the potential of postcard exchanges in various forms not limited to:
Sending kindness & encouragement where it’s needed most with the postcard happiness project:

Encouraging the world to focus their positive energy onto a small rectangular piece of postcard and sending it to people who could physically and emotionally benefit from a little encouragement or acknowledgement in the form of kind, written words from strangers and friends.




Go to:  http://postcardhappiness.com




Who is responsible for such a great idea?





I’m Tatjana, a graphic designer/ illustrator/ photographer/ adventurer/ with a passion for postcards, travel, ice cream and languages.






Unwrapping what it's all about



The postcard happiness project is a free initiative that enables us to send postcards to others who could benefit from a little postal kindness. It is about potential happiness. It’s not meant to make you sad about challenging times. It’s designed to lift your spirits in the knowledge that there’s something small and inexpensive that you can do to lift a stranger’s spirits in a big way somewhere out there.

· I post stories/ profiles of real people who could do with a little encouragement or support in the form of friendly, physical postcards.

· You and others can check out the website, pick a person you resonate with, take down their postal address and send them a friendly postcard (like in the good old days).

· That person receives a friendly postcard from someone (you) across the globe whom they have or have never met and they feel super happy. Or… even better, that person’s postbox is filled with friendly postcards from people around the world and their spirits are lifted. Mission accomplished.

· It’s free. The only costs to this project is the postcard (which you can make from images or photographs you have at home) and the stamp.


Who does it benefit? 


If you know someone who could do with a little support or love or celebration for any reason right now, send me their story and their postal address. I’ll put the story up on this page and voila, the ball is rolling. We can send happy people postcards too so if you know someone who has recently achieved some great personal goal, send me their details. It would be great if they received congratulations from a bunch of us.
Also if you have any suggestions or feedback feel free to let me know.


Unwrapping one creative idea for the design of your postcard
(many more on the website) 



Creating postcards using Postick:



Extracting the potential postcards that exist in “mundane” objects such as newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, flyers, drawings, packaging (and the list goes on). Turning these object into meaningful postcards by simply pasting a Postick on the back.
Join the postcard revolution :)


Things you could turn into
postcards with Postick:


· Photographs
· Drawings
· Flyers
· Invitations to events
· Fabric
· Vintage photographs
· Collaged bits & pieces
· Beautiful cardboard tea packaging
· Vintage/ used postcards
· Cut-out posters
· Nice gift wrap (but only if it’s nice)
· Torn-off corner of a Parisian paper place-mat 
· Magazine clippings
· Doodles on a paper serviette
· Torn-out page from a daily planner
· Kids drawings
· Paper menus
· Pages from old discarded books
· A section of a map
· Old concert tickets
· Pressed flowers
· Cardboard chocolate packaging
· Baby announcement photos
· Wedding pics



 Tatjana has also designed beautiful postcards to purchase.  















I love the whole idea and implementation of being a goodwill ambassador and sending words of kindness and encouragement to those who need some love in their life's journey.  Please check the website out and please participate if you feel lead to do so.  

What a wonderful caring and challenging project.  Words are very powerful and they can literally change a person's life.  They dispense hope and a sense of care whether they are for someone battling depression or celebrating with someone who has made a great achievement or is having a birthday.  Words of happiness are always in fashion and the right thing to do.     

Great work Tatjana.  Pass happiness on everyone. Let's change our world into a positive and uplifting one by making people feel special and showering them with happiness. 




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Friday, January 19, 2018

'Wallpaper" - a bookwrap











Unwrapping






"Wallpaper"
Created by Thao Lam

Ages:  4-7
Grade Level:  PS-3




Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations 










































About the book





This beautiful wordless picture book is the epitome of talent - starring Thao Lam's signature paper collage style illustrations. 

A shy young girl moves into a new home, and being new, doesn't know any of the kids in her neighbourhood.  She can hear them chatting and playing outside her window but she is too shy and apprehensive to go outside and meet them.  

She feels so lonely and sad.  She retreats to her room and idly starts scratching away at her wallpaper.  As the tear gets bigger she discovers a portal into a magical world of strange characters and exciting adventures. 

 While visiting there she interacts with flying birds, frogs splashing about in their pond, and a flock of funky looking sheep.  Then the unthinkable happens... she finds herself in danger (or so she imagines) by an alien-like monster who starts chasing her.  Oh my!  She is very frightened and runs to get away from him.  Then it dons on her that he is not threatening her at all but only wants to befriend her.  She does an about turn and bravely approaches him and says "hello!"  Thereafter they romp and interact and have a wonderful happy playtime together. 

When she returns to her reality in her bedroom she discovers she has been emboldened by the wallpaper encounters and with a courageous heart she approaches the kids outdoors and says, "hello!"

This book is perfect to share and discuss.  It will encourage and inspire kids to overcome their fears, overpower obstacles and step out into life and say "hello!"  The illustrations are truly amazing and I love the interaction between the little girl's imagination and her reality.   "Wallpaper" is creative on so many levels and a book I  highly recommend.  


Storywraps Rating ...  5+++ HUGS!!!!!








Introducing the author/illustrator









Thao Lam has been creating pictures for as long as she can remember. For her, drawing has always felt as natural as breathing. She has an insatiable love for coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages.

Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. As an art buyer for an educational publishing company, she has the opportunity to work with thousands of different artists from all around the world.

Since studying illustration for three years at Sheridan College in Toronto, Thao has developed her dual careers of illustrating and art buying. Her art works have appeared in publications such as Cricket and Highlight magazines. In 2008, she won the Highlights Five Pewter Plate award for verse illustration of the year. She has twice been chosen for the American Illustration Awards.





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Thursday, January 18, 2018

"The Toad Who Loved Tea". - a bookwrap









"A cup of tea please!"  "Thank you so much!"  "Pinky up........mmmmmm....yummy!!!!"



Unwrapping





"The Toad Who Loved Tea"
Authored by Fiaz Kermani

Ages: 7-11




Unwrapping some fun illustrations to take a peek at























About the book





This fun book is about a little frog named Tungtang who bravely hops off from Muddy River to a very scary destination...  into the local town!  Oh my!  She seems destined to leave her familiar surroundings and have an adventure that will totally change her life forever. 

As fate would have it she ends up in a unique tea shop and discovers exactly what she is created to do.  She falls toad-ily in love with tea!  

Tungtang causes havoc in the tea shop and the owners get scolded for mud on the tablecloths, tea that mysteriously disappears, and even missing dainties from their plates.  Now who do you think would be responsible for such antics I wonder?  

The owners, Lydia and Kamran uncover the mystery and after hearing Tungtang's passion for tea decide to use her talents and hire her to work in their shop.  Their decision to allow Tungtang to pass on her intuitive knowledge and her ardent love of tea to their customers brings everyone involved much happiness and satisfaction.  

The book encourages young readers ( and old ) to follow their dreams because yes, dreams do come true.  I like the fact that the tea shop owners are willing to patiently listen to Tungtang's story and accept her as she is... for her great instinctive talents.  The illustrations by Korey Scott are full of action, expression and humour.  

" Why, this is toad-ily tea-licious!" 





Storywraps Rating...  4 HUGS!!!!






About the author




In his free time, Faiz loves writing funny children's books, especially frog-themed ones. 

These include My Alien Penfriend, Golbo the Spider's Amazing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure, The Frog Who Loved Mathematics, The Frog in the Skyscraper, The Frog Who Was Blue and The Toad Who Loved Tea. 


His books have won awards in the US and UK and have been translated into French, German, Spanish and Russian. He is also involved in various literacy projects with schools.





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