Sunday, September 16, 2018

HELPING KIDS GROW



There's something wonderful about watch a kid grow and learn with a little help from Mother Nature and a garden of their very own.  All one needs is a small piece of land or some large patio pots, soil, seeds or started plants, a pair of garden gloves and small gardening tools to get going.  Since this was my granddaughter's first try at growing her own flowers and vegetables, we started with a sweet potato slip in a mason jar so she could actually see the root system develop with each passing day.  We talked about what each plant would need in regards to sunshine, watering, regular weeding and how some garden insects are needed to help keep a garden healthy and happy.  All spring and summer long we watched her garden bloom and she was simply thrilled.  Many life lessons were learned in this first garden and a happy harvest was the results of our efforts.   Although my granddaughter became a bit distressed when her green bean plants slowly died off at summer's end and her mammoth sunflowers began to hang their heads, it provided a great opportunity to explained the life cycle of a garden and make plans for the next growing season.



JOURNAL IT!  Throughout the spring and summer months, I took digital photos, saved a few sample seeds and their packages, and clipped and dried a few blossom petals to include in a garden journal.  We began the project by digitally scrapping the pages and printing them on white cardstock.  Seed packets, seed samples and a few flattened flower petals were taped to the coordinating printed cardstock pages. Pages were then laminated on both sides by running them through my Xyron Creative Station.  Once laminated, we simply punched some holes, assembled the pages and inserted them into a small 3 ring binder.
Not only is this garden journal a keepsake of my granddaughter's first garden, but it will prove useful for discussing and planning next year's garden as well.  The most amazing surprise of all is that while she had fun watching her garden grow, I had even more fun watching our little "gardener in training" grow.  Life truly is a happy garden when Mother Nature lends a helping hand.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ROAD TRIP!


Each year in late summer or early fall, I love to take a short road trip to recharge my creative batteries and get inspired by Mother Nature.  This year, I went with a group of family members to tour the Traverse City, MI area wine country for the first time ever.  The weather was beautiful, the vistas were breathtaking and each winery visited had it's own distinct identity.  I can't possibly imagine what the area looks like with all the brilliant colors in the fall but I'm sure spectacular would be a good description.
I put together a grouping of collages that I digitally scrapped from the photos I took and created them on a widescreen size layout to use for my home videos as transition screens.
Enjoy the views, get inspired and should you ever happen into Traverse City, MI Wine Country make sure you add these establishments to your tour!














Friday, September 7, 2018

MAKE IT FUN!

There's nothing that makes you smile more  than a book filled with designs of happy kids!  No experience is necessary to create your own creative projects with timeless designs that are fun for all ages.  This publication has 21 full page vividly colored whimsical designs chosen from my most popular kid character images to use for your creative DIY projects  You’ll also find the line art patterns for each of the designs that you can trace, transfer and color any way you please.  Whether it’s a tote bag, wearables, canvas art or papercrafts, the sky’s the limit when you work with professional designs and patterns created by Annie Lang.  So go ahead and get your Creative Adventures started and we’ll share a few smiles along the way!

Friday, August 31, 2018

MAKE IT HAPPEN!


As you've probably heard by now, you can now create your own interactive online stories for free using digital images contributed by Annie Lang.  Many of the images you'll find on Elementari are from the many collections currently available as clipart on the Annie Things Possible website.  If you find collections on the Elementari site you would like made available as licensed clipart to use for your personal projects and classroom needs, there's a way to make it happen.  Simply "Like" collections on the Elementari page and I'll know which designs to consider for adding to my store.  I'm still in the process of uploading art to the Elementari site, so check back periodically to see what's been added.

Here's how you can help me decide which collections to add to my online store. Begin by searching my art collections on the Elementari site.  When you like the collection, it let's me know what interests you so I can consider adding the images to my store.


Store clipart collections are available with a license that allows art to be used for finished items for personal projects, resale products and classroom needs.  Collections are high resolution 300 dpi .png image files on a transparent background and each image is a digitally rendered original design by Annie Lang.



Thursday, August 30, 2018

Make It ELEMENTARI

Create and share interactive storybooks online for FREE!  Elementari is an online platform dedicated to the promotion of arts and literacy where people can come together to read, write, share and remix interactive stories for the online screen. You don't have to be an illustrator to bring your story ideas to life as there are thousands of backgrounds, images and animations you can drag and drop onto your pages contributed by a community of artists, illustrators and composers.
This is a terrific site for kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, home school educators, storytellers and more. Whether it's a story written for a class assignment, teaching a concept or just a rainy day project to work on with the kids or grandkids, Elementari has everything you need to make your story happen!  You'll find my contributed characters and images on my Elementari page here and you are free to use them to create your stories to share online.

The step by step tutorial below show you how I built my first interactive storybook using art and characters I contributed to Elementari.  When you see a blue halo highlighted on a page, just click on it to see what happens!  You can navigate the book pages by swiping the page or clicking the navigation arrows.  If you enjoy my art, don't forget to LIKE your favorites and FOLLOW me to keep up with all the new art and stories I'll be adding.
If an image glows...CLICK IT! 































































Friday, August 17, 2018

GET THE BUZZ!

Watch this quick tutorial video as Annie Lang draws her adorable Silly Bee Character!
It's hard to believe this little bee character has been with me for over 30 years and he's still just as sweet as ever!  Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel because more adorable characters are on their way to the drawing board.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

MAKE IT SUPER

Make it SUPER...Make it a BLAST!

Originally designed for use as graphics for Superhero party items, this new clipart set is easily adaptable for jazzing up any creative project.  You'll find yourself using this collection over and over again!  Here's a quick tutorial showing you how I created fun decorations for a Super Heroes Party using my Silhouette Portrait cutter.  If you don't have an electronic cutting machine...no problem!  You can easily hand cut any of the designs in this Superhero Bursts collection to create printable signs to fit 8.5"x11" color cardstock sheets.


Monday, July 30, 2018

DIVE INTO AUGUST

August is here and LOTS of exciting products have just been added to the Annie Things Possible website!  If you are an e-news subscriber, don't forget to get the bonus code for the FREE August downloadable.  So go ahead and Dive right into your DIY projects this month because summer will soon be coming to an end.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

FIND YOUR BOOKWORMS

You'll find Annie Lang's Bookworms and more at https://www.anniethingspossible.com/
Do you know where the bookworms are?  They've just arrived in the Annie Lang's Store!  Find Classroom, Library and School Days Bookworm clipart and Paper Clip project sheets and let your creative adventures begin.

So head on over to Annie Things Possible now and 
Let's make Something NEW today!