#82 -- September is Back to School
time! It has been a whole year since Martin retired from Kindergarten
teaching, but he still gets attacks of the old August Angst: "Time to
clean the classroom! Put up bulletin boards! Wash the stuffed animals!"
Frankly, I don't know how he did it for 34 years, but I do know he got
as much out of teaching as his students did, because he loved it so
You may know a teacher who should be recognized for the love she puts
into her hard work. Or perhaps you have children or grandchildren
heading into a milestone school year, and want to create a keepsake for
Wouldn't this be a good time to make a special "Happy School Year"
card, or begin that scrapbook for a child's first year of school?
In this Back to School edition of The VIC Pictorial, we can help with:
Let's get crafting...
- A FREE vintage image of School Days, the 1907 song
that still reminds us of when "we were a couple of kids."
- Our exclusive Back to School
scrapbook layout and instructions, with some of the cutest
vintage school children we've ever seen.
Free Vintage Image
School Days sheet music from
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Click here to play a 1907 recording of School Days,
as performed by popular turn-of-the-century crooner, Byron G. Harding,
and chorus. This recording, from
the UCSB Cylinder Preservation and
Digitization Project, was
originally produced as an Edison Gold Moulded Record. Just humming this
iconic song still evokes memories, albeit for a time long past. We
think this original vintage sheet music cover would make a terrific
focal point for a card or embellishment for a teacher's gift. See what
you can create!
Scrapbook Layout and Free Vintage Images
The first day of school can be an emotional collage of excitement,
bewilderment, fear and adventure. All of these show up on this school
scrapbook page (and face) of five year-old Linus braving his big day at
Union School. We wanted to capture the thrill and newness of it all, as
well as the centuries of educational tradition that Linus was now
This scrapbook page is designed like an antique "school slate," once
used by Victorian children for practicing their letters and numbers.
The effect is easy with black paper and a simple frame of wood-grain
paper. Across the bottom, we assembled a collage of vintage
school-children "scraps," figures cut from larger vintage images, with
various school artifacts as slates, pens and ink wells, balls, books,
globes and apples, of course.
See how it was done, and download the wonderful FREE vintage images!
Click here: Vintage Back to School Scrapbook Layout.
We'll be announcing the VIC Creative Challenge
next month. Yes, the theme is Christmas
Cats, but the thing that will make you purr "Joy to the World"
will be the wonderful prizes provided by Sterling
Maybe you are not going back to school - but keep learning and you'll
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