Dearest Super Koala,
Week 2! I am successfully posting on time for the second week in a row! I know that isn’t much of a streak, but it will be soon. Of course you know what the pages of our project are this week, so I will just get right into it.
The first page was a little tricksey. I had already done something similar in our previous books, so I wanted to try something different.
I was really excited to do the shoelace thing, and it was my idea from the beginning, but it took so long for me to figure out how to make it work. I did follow the instructions and make the holes an inch from the sides and each other. However, once I marked it out, I realized it was impossible to get to the inside marks with the hole punch. I was thinking about how to fix this and decided on poking holes with a pencil. The holes aren’t very pretty, but they are round, and I was able to thread my ribbon through them, so I guess that is all that matters.
My next issue was that a page in a book is unlike a shoe in the sense that I cannot just pull the string through and have it be ready to thread again. After threading the first two holes, I quickly realized this was a major flaw in my plan. In order to overcome this challenge, I had to thread the ribbon through and then thread it through the back again so that way it could be on top again. This meant that I did not allot myself enough ribbon and had to cut a longer piece.
I finally finished about a half an hour after starting, but I think the effort was worth it. It looks pretty cool, and I successfully achieved the image I had in my mind which doesn’t happen often. Just a warning for when you go to do this; maybe try to think of something a little simpler because I had quite the struggle.
The next page was fairly simple except for the fact that I had no idea what I was going to use for a sticker. I couldn’t find any stickers anywhere. I thought I still had some puffy animal ones, but I could not locate those. I almost went out to buy some stickers when at the last minute I realized I had my Koneko Cat coloring book with stickers! I was super excited to get to use one. After picking the cat I wanted, I knew exactly what scene I would draw.
My Koneko Cat is at a Fiesta! Complete with lantern decorations and food stalls. I think it is pretty adorable, and once again I am very happy with how this page turned out.
That’s all I have for this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with on Monday.
– Captain Spazzmataz
P.S. We should Skype on Sunday to read Joy Luck Club.