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I am so inspired! I want to make one too!

Polly's Paper Studio

I’m very excited to share this project with you today as it’s my first art journal smash book! This is going to be a long post… grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and settle in for a while.

I should mention first that I have not yet tried a smash book for the reason that my poor little brain is very challenged to make things that are “random.” As any of my Peeps that work in the shop with me will attest that I usually choose all the elements to my projects then spend wayyyy too much time arranging and rearranging them to get them just right. Smash books by nature are much more freestyle. I am pretty happy with how it turned out in the end…even if it took me to work outside my comfort zone.

I started this book with a pre-made chipboard cover since I wanted…

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If you already have photoshop, bookmark this page. It’s got a bunch of great design elements, and most importantly, you can download them for free!


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The past year I’ve worked as a tutor and administrator for the Business Ethics module, a subject that falls under the Philosophy department. It is a core (or compulsory) module for second year business students, and introduces them to concepts such as: Utilitarianism, Aristotle’s virtue ethics and Deontology. Students are also required to appropriate the theories they study to relevant case studies and contextual scenarios.

Students despise it. I mean, they really hate this subject, they are as stubborn as hell about doing the reading and completing assignments. Some have repeated the module up to seven times. The experience has been quite different from last year when I tutored first year Philosophy. However, in all fairness, business students didn’t sign up to write essays. They have an entire different set of priorities compared to humanities students. This said, I never expected their lack of basic reading and writing skills, not to mention their critical thinking abilities. I blame our school system. It might sound cliché but our schools are experiencing a very real crisis when a fourth year engineering student can’t spell “university” or even copy it off the exam paper.

Here are some of the less depressing and more humorous blunders I’ve come across in my BPE marking adventures:
(Keep in mind these are mistakes made by, at the youngest, 20-year-old students)

“A business needs ethics and ethics need a business.”

“Events resulted in a historic circumstances.”

“We have to fight for our tights.”

“South Africa has a history from the 1970’s and 1980’s.”

“People come from different backgrounds and upholds.”

“Directors are human! And man’s biggest enemy is self.”

“Codes are principles which directors can use in their strife.”

“A company must be driven towards long lasting sustainability, keeping environmental and social importance in the eye.”

“Prospective responsibility is when a positive outcome has resulted from a future event.”

“The effect to have companies to be transparent.”

“We must all be virtually ethical.”

“…to fulfil their pockets.”

“measureminds” (measurements)

“diversy” (diversity)

“An indirect but certain proof of the fact that people feel unhappy, and consequently are so, is also abundantly afforded by the terrible envy that dwells in all. In the circumstances of life, on the occasion of every superiority or advantage, of whatever kind it be, this envy is roused and cannot contain its poison. Because people are unhappy they cannot bear the sight of one who is supposed to be happy.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Vanity and Suffering of Life

English literature was one of my majors, and everyone in my personal life knows what a battle that has been for me. Not so much because of the course work but because of the department. I enrolled for a proper English studies degree. But at the end of my second year I felt I had worked too hard at and enjoyed my other subjects (Visual Communication and Philosophy) too much to drop them with only a year to go. The English department did not agree with this and would not let me register for those subjects! The course coördinator believed that english students should focus only on the set work in their final year. How boring!

I ended up having to change my degree to BA own choice (doesn’t that sound nice) in my final year just to be able to finish all my subjects. That’s why I have three majors 🙂 and although it took me four years instead of three I’m really proud of myself for seeing it through. What I learned in Philosophy alone that year has proven invaluable! A good friend of mine once said that it’s good karma to finish what you started.

Since that day the department and I have not see eye to eye – we took every opportunity to prove the other wrong. It got so bad there was a time that I refused to go to class, set on proving that I could do it all on my own. I conceded that point quick enough though…

Last year, November, I wrote my final english final and I was stressed, I could not fail! It would have been a personal failure as well as an academic one. As I sat waiting for the exam to begin I envisioned obscure extracts and pages of dense poetry…but instead I saw question 1 was this poem by Emily Dickinson:

445 (613)

They shut me up in Prose-
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet-
Because they like me “still”-

Still! Could themselves have peeped-
And seen my Brain – go round-
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason – in the Pound-

Himself has but to will
And easy as a Star
Look down upon Captivity-
And laugh – No more have I-

How appropriate! Needless to say I passed.

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