Thursday, June 9, 2011

picnic food book

After using corrugated cardboard to make the trees on our red bird, blue bird cards I started thinking of what other household things you could use to make stamps with. Turns out there are quite a few things...

The cover of or picnic book was easy to make. I just cut a piece of checkered paper (like a picnic blanket) and Claire used her thumb to make some ants. Draw on some legs and antennas, add some googly eyes and you're well on your way to making your picnic book.

Cut a potoato in half and chop off one of the ends to make these prints. Claire painted the bottom of the potato pink and stamped the cards. Using the end of a lollipop stick she made the watermelon seeds. I added on the green line so that we didn't end up with a giant scribble of green paint all over the watermelons! (Inspired by the watermelon wrapping paper seen here.)

I think that the grapes were my favorite one. As you can see below I drew a triangle on the card so that Claire could stamp anywhere within the triangle, which she did, more or less :)

 This one was pretty straightforward, we just used an apple to stamp- the apple!

Claire and Simon each made a strawberry page. If I may say, please don't worry about perfection. (Normally I like things just so when I'm crafting, but I'm learning to go with the flow- at least when it come to crafting with Claire.) As you can see her hand wasn't painted well enough so there was a gap between her thumb and the rest of her hand. No big deal, we just made two berries out of it.

Corn on the cob. Claire just painted a piece of bubble wrap to make the corn. Then we popped outside and picked a few leaves off of some shrubs so that we could paint the husks for the corn.

The hotdogs and hamburgers were made the same way (just used different colors.) A piece of corrugated cardboard for the bun, and a mini carrot cut in half lengthwise for the hotdog/hamburger. Then you can just paint on any extra condiments that you'd like.

Claire and Simon both used their thumbprints to make the ice cream cones. We just used another small bit of cardboard to make the cones.

Claire really liked making this book- but it wasn't done in just a day (or two). I spread it out over a week and a bit because Claire has the attention span of a 3 year (which is fitting since she is 3!) I used my cricut to cut out the shapes, but really square or rectangle pages would have been easier. If you make one of these link it up, I'd love to see it. (Or, if you have ideas for new pages that we can add to ours let me know in the comments.)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

summer picnic book preview

Just wanted to give you guys a quick preview of the picnic food books that we've been working on. We made a book of picnic foods using things that we found around our house and stamped them on the pages. Tomorrow I'll share all our secrets and what we used to make each page!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

summer fun printable

Update: I recently posted an updated version of this list. It's much more printer friendly, and doesn't have the year on it. Check it out here.

This project was totally inspired by all of the summer bucket lists that I've seen floating around on pinterest. Now, I need to take a minute to once again declare my love on pinterest. Are you on there yet? I l.o.v.e. it. (If you need an invite to join leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send you an invite.) You can see my pins here.

I love the idea of having a list of things to do with the kids this summer. Last summer I had wanted to do some of these things with the kids, but somehow the summer passed and we didn't get a chance to do half of them!
I've seen lots of these lists, but I think that a lot of them are geared for older kids. Mine is definitely geared towards toddlers, which is good since I have a 3 year old and a one year old! Some of the ideas I saw on pinterest- like the make your own car wash, tin foil river and giant bubbles. I made my own list and then rounded it out with some other ideas I've seen floating around. I especially liked this list form The Crafting Chicks.

I had my summer fun list printed at Costco, since I was ordering a few other enlargements anyway. It's an 8x10 and was just $1.89 (mine has a matte finish). Then I cut a piece of foam board to mount my picture on. I put some tape around the edges of the board so that it looked a little tidier. Foam boards not so easy to cut, so my edges were a wee bit jagged! You could use ribbon too.  Then I just covered the front of the foam board with a light coat of Mod Podge and stuck my list on top of it.
Looks like we're going to have a busy summer! If you'd like to download this list click here. (For personal use only please.) Let me know if you use it, I'd love to see how you display it.

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