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Gorgeous DIY Book Covers

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Image of Houses Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

Now that back-to-school season is on the horizon, it is time to think about all of the ways kids can make their upcoming school year as bright and fun as possible.  Covering text books with whimsical, charming, or even funny patterns can turn your kids’ backpacks into mini art galleries.  This kind of personalization can help older kids feel more connected to their school experience.

I found the above seamless, repeating house pattern on Shutterstock, and I instantly felt like my eyes could hang out in this colorful neighborhood for days!   Seamless patterns are perfect for book covers because you don’t have to worry about centering images –  it is like wallpaper for your books!

Mustaches, because they are all the rage right now:

Image of Art Deco Mustache Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

And, hot air balloons — to remind us of grand possibilities:

Image of Retro Hot Air Balloon via Shutterstock

Visit here and here for two fabulous DIY book covering tutorials.

Searching for your favorite images can lead to hours of fun! A nice rainy afternoon activity, perhaps?

Enjoy!

-Emily

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Sewing School!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

My children and I got to review the new book, Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing and we had a blast testing out the projects!

Sewing School 2 is a wonderful way to introduce children to sewing with a machine because it encourages them to be confident in themselves while inspiring them to be creative in ways that feel fun and productive. Plus, the projects pictured in the book are made by other children, which leaves my kids feeling inspired and connected to all of the creative possibilities within.

There is a book review (and give-away) on my blog, Red Bird Crafts.

Happy weekending!

-Emily

 

 

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Story Maps at the Eric Carle Museum

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Hello beautiful readers!

I’ve returned from a week long vacation at the shore to a full speed ahead week of teaching.  While my two little lovelies are at camp, I’ve been busy teaching a 3-day Storytelling Art Workshop at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  My students are just so delightful and also full to the brim with creative ideas.

Yesterday, we made Story Puppets

And, this morning we made Story Maps, both from my book  Show Me a Story:

I’ll post finished photographs of their puppets at the end of the week!

Now, to brave the hot, hot weather we are having on the East Coast while 7 1/2 months pregnant –  A/C and lots of swimming have been the rule around here.

xo

Emily

 

 

 

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Make it: Speech Bubble Stamps

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

This is a creative, fun way for children and adults to leave sweet (and sassy) messages for each other.  Put them in snack bags, tape them to pieces of fruit, stick one on the mirror or in the cabinet.  It is a charming project that offers children practice writing words and sentences during the summer vacation weeks!

Materials:

pencil

carving block — rubber eraser or an easy cut carving block such as a Speedball Speedy Carve Block

carving tool — X-Acto knife or linoleum block carving tool will work (to be used by adults or with adult supervision!)

ink pad

card stock paper

thin black art marker

How to:

1. Use pencil to draw the shape of a speech bubble onto the carving block.

2. Use carving tool to cut along the pencil lines. (This step should be completed by an adult or with adult supervision!)

3. Dip the new speech bubble stamp into the ink and press firmly and evenly onto a piece of card stock.  Repeat.

4. Set aside to dry

5. Once dry, use art marker to write messages inside the bubbles.

6. Place them in fun places

Cheers!

Emily

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Love Rocks :: Valentine’s Day Craft

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d pop in to share my Conversation Love Rocks project with you. It is a simple, easy, quick project with super satisfying results. Check it out here, and spread some witty, cheery rocks to your loved ones.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Love,

Emily

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