Hiya, Jamie here! I’m so excited to share this fun project I put together for a friend’s daughter. It’s her first scrapbook + a coloring book + an activity book!
Lauren just turned four! She’s at the age when she can shakily write her name. For me, that’s such a fun age because in my mind, they’re probably still into stationary and other fun school supplies!
For her birthday, I handmade this junk journal using patterned paper from Amy Tangerine’s Oh Happy Life collection. The Midnight Snack donut paper was what inspired me in the first place. Those donuts will look so adorable colored in!
I don’t know a lot about what children can and can’t do at the age of four, but I knew I wanted to incorporate activities into the book. If it’s too advanced, Dad or Mom can help her! In this book Lauren can write, color, add stickers, glue die cuts, cut out shapes and just have fun with it! I wanted it to be bright and color and the Oh Happy Life collection is definitely that.
The pages themselves are all different shapes and size, housed inside of a 4 ½ x 6 ½ in cover. I pierced holes in the middle and sewed the book together using black twine. Then I added spots for photos (using photo corners) and just a few embellishments. The rest Lauren will be able to add herself. To help her out I created homes for the die cuts by outlining them in pen so she knows where to glue them. I also punched circles and included them as spots to add stickers.
When I was done putting it all together, I added post-it type notes to the book so that Mom or Dad can help her “complete” it. In her gift bag, I also included crayons, a few pencils, some kid friendly scissors and a glue stick.
This was a lot of fun for me to put together and I hope she has as much fun playing with it! I took so many photos I thought it would be easiest to create a slideshow for you to see a quick flip through of the whole thing. Video:https://youtu.be/oJPes_
Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life: Patterned Paper - (76200) Midnight Snacks (76201) Crazy Fun (76203) Oh Lovely (76204) Sweetie (76213) A Great Day (76214) Cruising Along (76199) Sure Thing (76216) Enjoy the Ride (376224) Cardstock Acetate Ephemera (376226) Mini Washi Tape Rolls (376228) Erasers (376233) Sticker Book (376234) Stickers (376238) Puffy Stickers
Designer Desktop Essentials: (370798) Sticky Note Pads (370837) Pencils (341013) Office Supplies
Hello crafty friends! It’s that time of year again, where we send the kids back to school! We covet their school supplies, we dance through the empty house and, of course, we miss them like crazy. My oldest son is going into the first grade this year, which is thrilling, because now I can officially put notes in his lunch every day and I know he can read them! I decided to create a lunch note station that will live in the pantry and help me maintain my lunch note habit throughout the school year.
Next, I prepped a few cookies as the first week of school is always a bit hectic around here. I wrote out a few notes and folded them into cookies, following the technique below.
1. Fold your circle in half and make a small crease in the middle of the fold.
2. Unfold your cookie and fold it in half again, so that the crease you made is now perpendicular to the new fold. Do not crease the new fold.
3. Push the center/crease of the cookie inward as you pull the top and bottom of the cookie in the opposite direction. Take your right hand off the outer edge of the cookie as it folds.
4. Once your cookie is folded and your fortune has been tucked inside, add a sticky dot to the center of the cookie to help hold its shape.
Make sure you have a few good pens and enough sticky dots to get you through the first month and your lunch note station will be ready for the first day of school!
I hope your school year is a great one! Happy crafting!
Supplies: Go Now Go Clear Acrylic Stamps (375277), Go Now Go 12 x 12 Paper Pad (375268), American Crafts - Precision Pen (62383), American Crafts Creative Zen Coloring Markers – Jewel (374274), American Crafts Sticky Thumb - Sticky Dots (340275)
Hello, it's Evelyn! I’m so happy because when I drop my son off at school I feel like I’m reaching a new milestone in my life! My son goes to school twice a week since he still in Pre-K1. So, to make keep him busy at home, I created this DIY busy book using flannel and a glue gun from American Crafts. Trust me. This book is also perfect for all kids, ages 2 and over.
I used the flannel as the book cover and then I just used my glue gun to glue everything down. It’s so easy and fast! In this busy book, it has a small notebook that fits perfectly inside the flannel cover. The notebook from the Hall Pass collection will keep kids busy for hours. My son loves to draw and is starting to trace his ABC's and numbers so it's also educational. The notebook can double as a coloring book, too!
For the cover, I used my glue gun to paste fun icons like a giraffe, owl, umbrella and doughnut. I also pasted my son’s name right in the middle of the book. By seeing his name spelled out, he will learn new letters and eventually recognize his own name!
If you open the book, I stored some pencils and a pair of scissors on the right side. This could also be a storage space for colored pencils or crayons! I also attached the wooden necklace in this space so my son can learn how to count the beads and identify colors.
Don’t worry, I still have some space for stickers as a bonus rewards for your kids! I also give him silver alphas so he can learn how to peel and stick into the notebooks.
Interactive enough, right? Create your own DIY Busy Book now!
Supplies: Amy Tan Happy Life Washi Tapes (376226), Amy Tan Happy Life Ephemera (376224), Dear Lizzy Saturday Ephemera (376273), DIY SHOP 4 Thickers Gold (376308), Hall Pass Adult Coloring Notebook With Elastic Band (SKU373595), DIY Shop 3 Alphas Silver Foil (370868), Cutup Fine Tip Craft Scissor Gold (370800), Dear Lizzy Saturday Wood Beads
Well hello from Australia! It’s Gail here and I’m so excited to share my first project on the American Crafts blog today! I’ve been playing with the latest collections and my layout today is using Shimelle’s new collection with a bit of a twist!
The new collection from Shimelle, Go Now Go, is inspired by adventures and travel! It was perfect for documenting my son’s first day of kindergarten as I’m sure it’s going to be quite and adventure for him!
This layout is actually a HUGE step out of my comfort zone! While I usually like the look of clean, white backgrounds, I challenged myself to use one of the amazing patterned papers for my background. What do you think?
I began machine stitching a couple of large circles on my background as my base for adding my elements. This is one of my favourite techniques for breaking up a layout where everything can seem quite “boxy” with lots of straight lines and corners such as my photos, title and even the background paper design.
I can then go about adding my photos and rest of my design elements around the circle!
The alphabet Thickers are amazing and nothing like any other style I’ve seen before! Since I was having a longer title, I chose to do a mix and match style and used the Thickers for one of my words, clustered with a few embellishments to draw your eye.
I did add a couple of layers of patterned paper behind my photos to make them stand out from the background slightly.
You can see how I’ve gone about finishing off my layout with a “sprinkle” of embellishments around my stitched circle. The Puffy Stickers, tiny Enamel Dots and Wood Buttons were perfect for this technique and the colors and sentiments worked so well with my theme.
I hope you will agree that it is such a versatile collection!
Supplies: Shimelle Go Now Go Patterned Paper – (375243) Run, (375247) Café, (375255) Move, (375258) Race, (375259) Pond, (375260) Date, (375261) Drive, (375264) Picnic. (375270) Departure Thickers, (375277) Acrylic Stamp, (375276) Chipboard Stickers, (375279) Enamel Dots, (376177) Puffy Stickers, (375278) Wood Buttons)
Hi guys! It's Nancy and vacation mini books are one of my favorite projects to make. Little snapshots and details of a trip bring all the memories back - I love them! I wanted to keep this project clean and simple. The DIY Shop 4 collection with its beautiful patterns and classic gold embellishments is perfect to create a mini book of memories. Let's take a closer look at how it all came together.
Let's start out the story with a photo of the clock on Main Street and everyone's favorite icon - the castle!
The next few pages capture some details from the Happiest Place on Earth - the confectionary and bunches of balloons on Main Street.
Next, highlight favorite rides, restaurants or special vacation spots. Choose the ones that bring you right back to that place and time. For me, it's Peter Pan!
To end the story, I used a photo of the clock which tells the time we left. That was a very long day in the parks! Taking photos of all the little details is a great way to tell a vacation story. The journaling is minimal (or nonexistent) because the photos do all of the talking.
SUPPLIES: DIY Shop 4 (376326) - Gold Star Acetate), (376327) - White Numbers Acetate, (376308) - Follow Thickers, (376310) - Gold Puffy Numbers, (376312) - Gold Puffy Hearts, (376313) - Gold and White Flair, (376313) - Clear Gold Stickers.
Hiya, Jamie here! DIY Shop 4 is one of those versatile embellishment collections that can be paired with just about anything! I had so much fun mixing and matching the DIY Shop 4 collection with Amy Tangerine’s Oh Happy Day.
This project is a different way of memory keeping and I’m really excited about it! I’ve been reading a lot about happiness lately and also listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier Podcast and knew that I wanted to make sure to focus on the happy moments in my own life. As the saying goes, “every day might not be [happy] but there’s something [happy] in every day.” I make have taken some liberties with that quote…but it still holds true!
So to document these happy moments, I created a happiness jar! Every day I plan to write down what made me happy that day and drop it in the jar. At the end of the month, I’ll have a ton of happy moments to reflect back on.
I used the DIY Shop 4 mason jar and filled it with the large sequins (because sequin is happiness all unto itself!) and decorated it with paper and a rubber embellishment from the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Day collection. I also added the most fantastic little gold puffy stickers from the DIY Shop 4 collection. See, versatile! And blends in very easily with other collections.
I knew that at the end of the month, I would need to empty the jar to start again. But what to do with the little paper slips? Why add them to my 6x8 happiness album of course! I decorated the page protector using the gold dot transparency and elegant gold outlined Thickers. Then I added a few “happy” themed products from the Oh Happy Day collection. The paper slips just slide right in.
Oh, and the paper slips themselves, I designed those too! I printed them out on white cardstock, trimmed them up and adhered them to paper from the Amy Tangerine collection. I used the DIY Shop 4 roller date stamp to add the date to every one! I also die cut mini postage stamps and embellished each with either a DIY Shop 4 puffy heart or sequin. And just a few got a flair badge.
I’m excited to document happiness this month! Just seeing the little jar on my desk has been making me happy. Maybe one of the days, I’ll document it!
(376308) Thickers Follow/Gold (376312) Puffy Stickers Hearts Gold Foil (376316) Flair Button Gold Foil (376320) Sequins Gold Foil (376321) Mini Mason Jar Gold (376322) Rotary Date Stamp (DIY4SP-76326) Gold Foil Dots on Acetate, Patterned Paper — (OHLDS-76195) Everyday Happy (OHLDS-76201) Crazy Fun (OHLDS-76203) Oh Lovely (OHLDS-76204) Sweetie (OHLDS-76205) All Smiles (OHLDS-76214) Cruising Along (OHLDS-76197) Little Moments (OHLDS-76198) Rise & Shine (OHLDS-76199) Sure Thing, (376225) Rubber Embellishments (376231) Rotary Phrase Stamp (376238) Puffy Stickers
We're excited to announce new Homemade with Love products! Celebrate upcoming holidays with these convenient tins that are perfect for packaging homemade treats. Assemble fun gifts for friends & family and tie them with twine and a few embellishments. Easy and adorable!
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Happy Friday! We hope you've enjoyed this week's theme and are excited to start creating with Shimelle's Go Now Go collection. We're finishing off the week with a fun, free printable! Click here to download. Have a great weekend, friends.