• Breanna Boersma

Day 4: Creativity Long Stretch

Are you excited to start the last creative challenge for this week? (Don’t worry, we have 5 more weeks of creative challenges in store!)

Here’s a little recap of the past week:

  • Day 1: Established personal creative guidelines!

  • Day 2: Made a 10-minute creativity list.

  • Day 3: We started small and made our first big steps towards a new creative endeavor.

And that brings us to today. I’m sure most of you, like myself, are frustrated with the Covid guidelines, and although they are important and absolutely must be followed, 6ft is a pretty lonely distance.

So today, we will be making a 6ft long, fold-out book!

Things you will need:

  • A few sheets of multicolor construction paper (you’ll only need 3 pieces). Plain white printer paper or any paper you have on hand works too! (Walgreens and CVS sells construction paper, if you know of anywhere else let us know so we can share the word!)

  • Clear scotch tape.

  • A pair of scissors

  • A pen, sharpie, or pencil.

First things first you’re going to cut the paper in thirds, long ways. Try and get them to be as equally sized as possible, but don’t worry if they aren’t. We can go pack and clean up the edges at the end.

You’re then going to align the two strips together so that the edges of the short sides are flush to one another. Make sure there’s no gap between the two pieces but also no overlapping. You’re then going to take a piece of tape and join the two strips of paper. You’re going to do this on both sides and on both edges.

Repeat that step until you join 7 strips to form one big line.

After you have a 77 in. long strip of paper, you can go ahead and fold each strip in half so it forms a zig-zag pattern when you have the condensed line folded in on itself.

Extra: Cut half off of one of the end strips to make it closer to 6 feet.

Finally, you can write on and fill up your book.

Some ideas on how to fill this book:

  1. You can make it a time capsule and record some of your favorite/least favorite moments of the pandemic.

  2. It can be one really long strip that you doodle on during online classes!

  3. Write on one side all the things you are grateful for, on the other all the things that have been bothering you.

  4. Make a memory calendar. go through the year and as chronologically as you can, describe what’s been happening.

  5. Record all of your dreams on each fold of paper.

  6. Write a tiny poem or quote onto each folded slip.

Somethings to keep in mind. This book is your own and can take whatever shape you want it to.

There’s no due date or deadline to complete this book (other than the one you give yourself!) so take as little or as much time as you would like!

We hope you enjoyed this first week of challenges/lessons. Like always, we would absolutely love to see anything and everything you come up with (whether completed or not)! So please email us, or DM us on IG or Facebook.

See you again next week!

Bre and Ariel

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