Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Minutes Craft - Baby Book

I'm starting a new video series called: 5 Minutes Crafts!
Not everything we create has to be an elaborate project with lots of materials. Sometimes we want to create a fast, fun and easy project that would not take days. So how about 5 minutes?

The first project in the series is a baby play book made of 4X6 canvas sheets with bold colors like little kids like. The binding is so easy and the book's content is nothing but a letter stamp and paper scraps.

Here's what you'll need:
4X6 canvas sheets
Large Letters Stamps
Black permanent ink
Paper scraps

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mixed media canvas - Fill Your Life

Sometimes it's really fun taking things literally. Especially art. Usually art is something expressive that you can take to different directions and interpret how you want. But this mixed media canvas means exactly what it says...

I started thinking one day about all the good things my life is filled with and how I never want them to end. Then i thought this could be a great subject for a "Wall of Inspiration" canvas. "If only I could actually fill something with these things..." But wait...I can!

I remembered all these little bottles I have kept around (because I never throw anything away...) and knew they will be just the right thing for this canvas. You can use old perfume bottles and test tubes and you can also get them in craft stores. From that point everything was really quick and easy and doing the video was pure fun!

Check out all the texture I created on the canvas with layers of old book pages, gesso and a bandage (yes that same kind you buy in the drug store). Then I simply added my bottles and the signature word for the canvas. as you remember every "Wall of Inspiration" has a word or a phrase.
I loved how it turned out...What do you like to fill your life with?
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Making a Family History Book Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of making a Family History Book! I have some more tips for an old school traditional heritage scrapbook to share!

Use Office Supplies

Last time we stopped at the middle of the first chapter that was about the first link in the chain...my son. The next page is avout the school years and would be great as a design for Back to School page. I used an old fashion notebook for the text. I removed all the pages and inserted the printed cardstock that I cut to size.

The page when the notebook is closed

Note book opened

More Text Less Space

A great way to insert long texts to a limited space is to create interactive mechanism. A small notebook or booklet that measures 4"x6" will only take that space although it can include a lot of text. Print the text on flaps or fold A4 pages in half. This way you can use more that one A4 page aslong as you stackthem together.

Parallels and Contrasts

Use parallels and contrast to present the text. Oneof the things my son had to write about is how he sees himself today and how he sees himself in the future. Instead of presentingeach paragraph in a different page I create a "Time Clock". One side with the Today text and the other side with the Future text. I printedthe two texts in half a circle shape and added halg a clock that turns to reveal each side. This idea will be good for young Vs. old photos or story, Now and then, father and son and more.

"me Today" side

"Me in the Future" side


The next page is about the Torah Portion. According to Judaism each man has a story in the bible that coordinates with his date of birth. each story is comprised from a few chapters in the bible that are called a portion. In the Bar-Mitzvah ceremony the boy readshis portion in the synagogue.
Historical events or religios events are the perfect opportunity to design apage with symbols. For this page I used a brick wall stencil to create a pattern that resembles the wailing wall (which is the part of the temple's wall that exist to this dayin Jerusalem).
If your grandfather was in the civil war you can use brass buttons, if you have a relative who came to the US when it was established you can add a parchment as a declaration of independence, or stars and banners for apage about a soldier.

Tune in next Friday for some more tips and tricks on how to create more heritage pages with a unique style and embellishments.

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