The book is DONE!!!!!!!!!!
After three long months of hard work and patience, it is finally finished! I ordered a few sample copies to make sure things turn out ok before I order the bulk amount, but for those who ordered, it should be in the mail to you in the next two weeks or so.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project and even bought multiple copies! The book took about a month longer to make than I anticipated due to a few unfortunate events and some late information, but everything looks SOOOO amazing.
My sad news is that I did not get the grant (first year teachers do not typically get this one, but it was great practice at least for next time). Now, I am looking into a grant that can at least provide a class copy for me to use with classes. I am writing a donorschoose.org project proposal to help fund our Family Art Night, where the book will be introduced and students will be able to make ACEOs/ATCs with their families to trade and collect. I am hoping when this proposal is funded, that I can earn enough "points" on their site to make a special request to fund more student copies of the book. It is odd the way that site works because you can only order certain things from certain sites. Baby steps...
I submitted my proposal to present the book and a presentation about ACEO/ATC art at the 2008 AEAI Art Education Association of Indiana conference, which will be in November. I am excited to present (it will be my first time).
The students are keeping my on my toes about the book and ask me every day about who is in it and when they can see it. Currently, students are preparing letters and ATC art to send to those artists and Etsians who donated cards back in January and February. Be on the look out for those in the next month or so if you were one to donate!
Please let me know if you have any questions, if you are interested in donating to this project, or participating in the next edition! I have included a few student samples at the top of this post for your sneak peak enjoyment!
(ONLY 2 PRE-SALE COPIES LEFT AT THE DISCOUNTED PRICE IN MY SHOP!)