Whilst searching for new and unusual publishing methods, I came across something which is definitely inventive in producing invitations, by www.burning-house.com. I have previously blogged about using Bookleteer as an method to produce invites to weddings, birthdays, baby showers and so on. However I came across the ‘DIY wedding invitation wheel’ which I think is a marvellous, playful creation.
Just like Bookleteer, this is another great way to make something and personalise it, then have them printed and can also be kept as a keepsake, just like eBooks and StoryCubes.
I remember as a little girl keeping a diary of what I remember of totally random things, which if I looked back on now, would be quite cringe worthy!
There’s all sorts of diaries available on the market, however a diary is a personal thing and Bookleteer can most defiantly relate to this. Bookleteer allows customisation, meaning a diary can personalised. There’s the freedom to have as many pages and whichever days wanted and put whatever they like into the diary. Additionally making the diary by hand will make it feel more ‘their own’ and special.
Take a look at the example I created below of a front page and the inside.
Encourage your younger relatives to get on Bookleteer to unleash their creativity! A great activity to do over Easter and Summer!
In stressful times of work and family life, a little ‘you time’ is always good! Yoga, is not only a great stress relieving activity, but great for the body too! If yoga classes aren’t for you or you simply don’t have the time to attend, maybe my ‘Yoga Guide’ can be of help!
I have stuck to the scrapbook idea, which Bookleteer can be used for, over and over again for many different purposes. I like the idea of having a handy guidebook, as it is small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag and can be easily transported anywhere you like. You can even print out more copies from Bookleteer for your friends and family.
Take a look at the mock up of my ‘Yoga Guide’ below.
Each page shows two different yoga poses, beautifully drawn by Mandy (thanks Mandy!) and the name of each pose. Additionally I drew the ‘om’ sign, the Hindu symbol, and is frequently chanted when doing yoga, to create a sense of inner peace and tranquility.
A mini guide to an activity is always a great ‘must – have!’ Using Bookleteer to create a type of guide is a quick and easy way to do so, with the handy pocket size, easily fitting into a pocket or a handbag, meaning easy access whenever needed! Creating the guide or even a scrapbook, means its can be printed numerous time for many people and purposes.
There are a variety of things I decided to include in my camping guide. For example:
how to build a tent.
a survival kit/checklist – compass, plasters, tents, sleeping bags, a whistle, a torch and so on.
a map of the area
Alternatively, you can add to the guide and turn it into a scrapbook too, so for children not only is it an informative book, but also a keepsake or memento if you like of their camping trip. For example in my scrapbook I included:
blank pages for a treasure hunt map – for kids on camping trips it could be a fun idea to draw treasure hunt maps in each others books and have a competition to see who can find the most ‘treasure.’
‘My Journal’ section to write about my daily (and nightly) happenings.
activity pages – ‘starry eyed’ – search the sky for constellations – draw and match up the stars in the sky, or ‘night time sounds’ – listen, write and guess what your hear in the woods!
Keepsake pages – ‘things I found on my camping trip’ – collecting and sticking in things found, such as different types of leaves, funny shaped twigs etc.
Have a look at the ‘Guide to Camping for Kids’ book I have created…
This is a format which can be replicated for a number of activities, such as Sailing, Skiing, Golf, Poker, Surfing and the list goes on!
In my previous blogs I have mentioned about the variety of eBooks you can make on Bookelteer, from invites, to user guides to scrapbooks. However I haven’t yet mentioned how Bookleteer can be used in the learning process as a valuable learning tool.
A number of ideas prop to mind when I think of using Bookleteer in education. The part I like most is that it’s not restricted to one age bracket. From younger children to older kids in secondary school an eBook can be used in many ways.
For example, for the younger age group, I have created an alphabet book. This can be customised to the child’s preference, such as using their favourite cartoon characters on each page as a visual stimulant. Of course this is where the older brother or sister or parent come in use, to actually create the book on Bookleteer. Or a blank eBook can be printed and with the guidance of parents, children can help draw and stick each letter onto each page, a fun learning activity all rolled into one!
As for the older kids, Bookleteer can be used as an alternative way of presenting coursework, projects, art projects or even as a revision tool or a diary format to keep track of their revision timetable/schedule.
Using Mandy’s artistic ability, I made a mock up of what the alphabet eBook could look like if it was made.
The magazines are full of make up tips and latest trends of colours for the new season. Sure I will rip the page out and vow to refer to it the next time I need that handy tip for the smoky eyes look! However amongst all the things on my desk, from books to documents to photos, that little piece of paper will surely get lost in the heap!
It’s great to use Bookleteer as a tool for making scrapbooks for example making a make up catalogue if you like, or even to create your own make up tips. Have a look at the eBook I created on ‘eye make up tips’ below.
It’s quick and easy to print out, and small enough to keep with your make up or can even be folded to fit into your make up bag. 🙂
Either design, upload and print your scrapbook out on Bookleteer or print out a plain eBook and start cutting, sticking and creating your own make up tips scrapbook.
It’s great when the whole family gets together to play games, its so much fun, especially at Christmas time. But then I see the silver briefcase come out and it can only mean one thing! It’s time to get your poker face on! The only trouble is I can’t play poker 🙁
I constantly ask what hands are what; ‘what’s a flush?’ ‘what’s a full house?’ and the list goes on. I think I could be an annoying poker player with all my questions and confusion. Leave it to the pros…I think not!
I always think if I had a book with all the poker plays listed and the rules, it would be great! Easy to refer to in a time of need. No cheating, simply a reference! 😉
Creating this type of book is so simple using Bookleteer. Being able to download images straight from a website, it’s quick and easy to create this book for your own personal use. Each page can be assigned to each type of poker, or a book for each type – Texas Holdem, 5 card draw, 7 card stud etc.
Take a look at a quick glimpse of my book I have created…
Easy and fun to make, with your own personal touch, so you can make it as complicated or as easy to understand as you want.
I was watching my 12 year old cousin plan out her party invites to her 13th birthday party, as I remembered using the same method when I was younger, using Publisher or making them by hand.
As I watched her I realised how much more she could do with her invitations by creating them on Bookleteer! A more creative way to make an invitation. You can insert pictures, maybe one of the birthday girl/boy on the front or have different coloured invites by using different coloured printing paper!
I find this method fast and easy and I think it looks more professional than the conventional booklet making. Being able to upload your own pictures or even straight from html saves the hassle of downloading or saving a picture first!
This can be used for endless occasions, not just birthday parties, which then means anyone from kids to adults can be using this method to make invitations. Weddings, baby showers, hen parties..the list is endless.
Have a look at the mock up birthday invitation I have created.
Coming from a family that has endless recipes and being expected to know most of them, I have trouble remembering what goes into which dish. The vast amount of ingredients that goes into Indian food can be quite mind boggling!
I now understand the need for recipe books! Not the ones already filled with scrumptious dishes by our favourite chefs, but ones that are empty – so I have my own place to write down all my delicious creations. 🙂
Customising my own version on Bookleteer allows me to personalise my own recipe book in different ways including number of pages and size. So if it’s a mini pocket size book you prefer or a larger book, you can customise and personalise on Bookleteer, something which I can’t do if I go to buy one in Paperchase or Smiths.
It’s easy to edit and change things on Bookleteer too. Maybe a variation on a recipe – ingredients or amounts…so instead of re – writing the recipe or scribbling things out, easily edit it on Bookleteer!
A great use for all ages – children can get creative with weird and wacky recipe ideas, maybe on Halloween. Uni students can scribble down recipes, instead of boiling some water and plopping in some supernoodles!
The recipe book can be adapted for all sorts – you could have a themed book for each cuisine, your favourite recipes, even a cocktail recipe book! A cocktail recipe book is always handy! I have been in situations, where we all come up with the fun idea to make cocktails, but is too much hassle to go find a recipe on the internet.
An easy way to compile a list of variety of recipes for all types of food and drink and for all ages!
Take a look at the example of my ‘Cocktail Concoctions’ book…
I feel people tend to go to the gym and expect to see results immediately, which is obviously not the case. It’s a matter of being committed and, if you’re anything like me, recording and keeping a track of the results.
Creating a book on Bookleteer is a great way of doing this. Using the book to record weekly weight loss and keep hold of vital statistics such as original weight, height, measurements etc.
Additionally I tend to ask for advice on the types of food I should be eating. It would be great to have a section in your own ‘health planner’ about what sorts of foods can be eaten and how much and even recipes that contain these foods. An easy way to remember and handy enough to keep with you, so whenever you spot that ‘powerfood’ on the supermarket shelf, just jot it down in your food planner, so you don’t forget for next time.
Take a look at my examples of a health planner I created…
This would be a great way to stay healthy, amongst all age groups! A fun and active way for kids to stay fit and healthy and keeping a record of their activities can be something fun for them to do on a weekly basis.
It’s easy to create your very own health planner with Bookleteer. Get creative and healthy at the same time!