Creative Dreams Are Realized With Collaboration and Teamwork

By Beth Olson

My daughter Zoe wrote a book last month. She is ten years old. Knock me over with a feather! I knew she was a bit addicted to typing on her computer, but when she told me she had written a whole book I was quite surprised.

Having a creative child is really exciting, but it can also be a lot of work. When my daughter told me her news I could not just back and say, “Oh, that’s nice, Zoe.”

What’s a mom to do? I had to take action.

While Zoe’s story was very fun and thorough, it needed a lot of editing to be put into a book format.

I started off by editing the book myself.  I spent several hours over several days on this part.

Next I passed the manuscript on to my dad for proofreading. I asked a friend to help me format the text into the correct page sizes.

Zoe drew a picture for the book cover.  She had very definite ideas about the way she wanted it to look. This is where Angela came into the process, she started making cover art for the book.  Angela was able to envision background graphics for the book cover.  Next, Ashley went to the drawing board, to give the canaries the animated personality that Zoe envisioned.


Overall the process of turning a manuscript into a real book turned out to be a wonderful collaboration with friends.

What fun!

Don’t let your dreams just be dreams. Do your homework and make your ideas come to life!

Creative Prompt

Are you looking for a way to repurpose that holiday paper that you saved?  Fashion Forms provides templates to provide hours of paper crafting inspiration.  Here are a few of the outfits that Zoe has been making this holiday season.

We look forward to sharing lots of creative adventures with you in 2016.
Thanks for joining us,
Beth & Angela


Beth L Olson