Friday, 23 January 2015

Crafting with a 3 year old

Bob has recently become a lot more interested in making things, and I really couldn't be happier about that.  He loves rummaging around in my craft room and particularly loves cutting tools.  Between the Big Shot, scissors, guillotines, punches, Crop-a-dile and Bind-it-all, not much of our junk mail makes it to the recycling bin intact these days :-)  He's also becoming more interested in the idea of doing and making things for other people, so I've had a new crafty challenge recently - designing cards that will be fun for him to make, that he can feel he's done it mostly himself, that are relatively quick to make (3 year olds are not known for their long attention spans!), and that will still look pretty good.  It may not seem like that last one is important, given that he only makes things for close people, but he's really quite self critical.  I'll tell him that I like how he's coloured something in and he'll say "Yes, but not really, because it doesn't look like Princess Elsa".  I worry that my designing something for him to make might be suppressing his creativity, but it does seem to keep his self criticism at bay, and I also think it helps him to learn how to listen to instructions, and some basic form and balance.  He still has plenty of other opportunities to run free with stickers and paint, so I think it's OK.  He is so pleased when he hands over a card that he's made, and can't wait to explain how he did it. :-)

Anyway, here are Bob's most recent makes.  I'd love to know what you think, and to see what you make with your children - just leave me your blog address in the comments.

Happy crafting!

1. Christmas card for Daddy

This was one of our advent activities from last month.  Bob made it in two sessions - one to cut the snowflakes with the Big Shot and one to assemble the card.  Bob turned the handle on the die cutter, popped out the snowflakes from the die, chose where to put everything, and chose the greeting.

What we used: Papermania silver glitter paper, Sizzix snowflake dies, Papermania greeting.

2. Birthday card for Nanny

Bob chose pretty much everything here - the card blank ("the purple one, because Nanny likes purple"),  the present die, the papers and the greeting (he said it looked like a cake with writing).  He did the die cutting and stuck everything in place too, I just assembled the present from what he cut.

What we used: Sizzix present die, iridescent paper, Papermania mulberry paper, Papermania cloth greeting, Papermania patterned card blank.

3. Birthday card for Daddy

For this card, Bob got to use his patterned scissors to cut strips of blue paper to make a sea.  He chose which scissors to use, the papers, the ducks and the greeting.  I helped him line up the papers (we held one end each)

What we used: Craft Planet scissors, Papermania Colossal paper pack, business envelope, various die cuts.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Crafting Cafe January Challenge - Lots of Layers

This month's theme at the Crafting Cafe Challenge Blog is Lots of Layers, and the sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.  Once Christmas is out of the way, I just want it hurry up and be Spring, so I've chosen their beautiful butterfly image to work with for this challenge.  I printed it once onto paper and once onto vellum (for an extra wing), then coloured it with metallic markers and matted with plain and shimmery papers.

Happy crafting!

Crafting tips:

  • I cut the vellum wing out with a piece of the body still attached, then folded along the join between body and wing.  I made a slit at the base of the wing on the main image and pushed the piece of body on the vellum wing through the slit and stuck on the reverse.  Not only does that mean there's no visible tape, but it also means the wing stands up really well and flaps :-)

What I used:

Image: Bugaboo Stamps Butterfly digital stamp
Papers: Papermania coloured papers, Papermania shimmery mulberry paper
Embellishments: Papermania light green mosaic square gems, Papermania Capsule Collection adhesive stones - "Sunshine"
Colours: Papermania fluid metallic brush markers

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Layout 16 - Craft Talk October Challenge

I lost my way a bit with scrapping towards the end of the year, but my final tally for 2014 was 16 layouts - 4 more than my original target.  I was hoping to make it to 20, as I have several layouts that are in progress.  Hopefully I'll get decisive and they'll give me a good start to my 2015 target :-)

My last layout of the year was for the September sketch challenge on the Scrapbooking forum of Craft Talk, on the docrafts site  The theme was Autumn, and this was the sketch:

Here's my layout.  It's OK, but it bothers me that the paper and ribbon feature different leaves to those in the photo.  Yes, I really am that fussy.  Now you know why it takes me so long!

What I used

Paper/card: DCWV textured cardstock, Scrapperdashery "All the leaves are brown" double sided paper.
Embellishments: Jolee's Boutique "Fall Season" (for the title), Papermania adhesive ribbon, Papermania raffia, Copper leaf peel-offs by Goldlabel and 'DD'
Tools: XCut border punch, QuicKutz circle frame dies, Spellbinder Nestabilities scalloped circle die

Crafting tips:
  • The leaf paper is double sided, featuring the same image but at different saturations, so I used the paler side for the journalling block. I used the darker side for the leaf peel-offs and to frame the ribbon and the journalling too.
  • For the leaves in the corners, I stuck the stems directly to the base card, but lifted the tips with foam pads, to give a fluttery effect.