I’ve been busy getting ready for the up and coming school year by making some lapbook printables to go along with our study of world geography and cultures. Here’s a preview of some of the printables I’ve made and am sharing with you:
To take a look and download them, click here. Lots more will be added over the next couple of weeks!
I recently had someone ask how I made my printables. Basically I work out of several programs. For the country and cultures lapbook I worked with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Poser, a Wacom tablet and Adobe Acrobat.
Illustrator is a vector illustration program. I used it to make graphics that have simple shapes: the flap books, the dotted lines for fold marks, the graph for the mountain heights, the tracing of my hand for the prayer book, etc. I also used it to clean up some of the clip art images that were purchased through Clipart.com (Jupiter Images).
I used Photoshop to put everything together. I arranged the graphics, drew things, erased lines, used special shape brushes and so on. I saved my creations as a high resolution gif to import into Acrobat so that they would look nice printed.
Acrobat makes the PDF files for you to download.
Poser is a 3-D program that is used to create “people”. I created a child in Poser, exported a picture of the child into Illustrator and created the “blank people” template that is used for one of the cut out projects.
It probably looks very simple but it’s a lot of work!
Anyway, take a look and let me know what you think. All of this work was prompted because I couldn’t find a country lapbook that had graphics I like. In fact, I was very disappointed with a particular purchase I made awhile back and so, I just created my own. Please check back soon for additions that are in the works. The whole thing will be finished in just a couple of weeks.
For more info on lapbooks as well as links to lapbook freebies, please visit Jimmie’s Squidoo lens!