The idea for this page was a bit of a process. Some of the things that I considered for this page include a puzzle page, a photo flip page, a memory page and the list goes on. Ultimately, I wanted to include something architectural in this book (as both my husband and I are in the field), but the problem remained, how I would actually go about this. I didn't want to do velcro or snaps because I had already done that, so, for a while, I was stuck. Then, a couple weeks ago, while visiting my sister, the bright glimmer of hope shined! One of the toys she uses for her daughter at church is a little tin with magnetic letters in it. Now the problem remained of whether to buy pre-made shapes or to design my own. I leaned toward the design side, but wasn't sure how I would turn it into magnets, then again, my sister shared another idea. A friend of hers had printed pictures of their kids onto magnetic paper, which seemed easy enough, but.... well I will get into that during the process part. (The update for this post is just in the pictures).
These little cupcakes are one of my proudest quiet book moments. The page is a bit on the time consuming side, but so darn cute! I came across a little baking page by Imagine Our Life when I was originally looking for quiet book ideas, which inspired the lovely page in this tutorial. (By the way, the only updates to this tutorial are to the pictures).
Super Soft Play Dough
Today's post is a shout out to Kid's Activities Blog for their Super Soft Play Dough. I made this a couple weeks ago and my toddler played for 2 hours straight and even took a bathroom break! Granted, it was her first experience with play dough, but never the less, it is a pretty easy homemade dough to make and you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand.
This page is perhaps the most friendly of all the pages as the smiling face waves hello. The inspiration came from two places. The face and hair came from Craftalicious, but the waving hand came from a pirate page at Orange Crafts. If I were to make this over again, I might add a little pocket to the shirt that would hold hair ties.
Just like the Babushkas Page of a couple weeks ago, this page doesn't need any construction updates, just photo updates. It is actually the first quiet book page I made as, the name page is one of the most classic quiet book pages. This particular page does double duty, however, because it features a zippered pocket to store the letters. You can download a pattern for the pocket that gives the option of a scalloped top, or a zig-zag top. To create the name, make a pattern in Word (I used Janda Manatee Bubble for my font on this page).
A couple weeks ago, I posted some Nature Bracelets that I made with my nieces. That same day we did the bracelets, we also made bubble snakes. I first saw this science experiment last March on a local show, Studio 5. Turns out, these are all over the web. There are tons of tutorials on how to make these fun bubble towers, probably because it is a cheap craft that keeps kids, young and old, entertained for quite a while.
The construction of this page hasn't had any issues, the update here is just the pictures. They needed some touching up. Originally, I found this babushka page when looking for inspiration and essentially duplicated it, but added my own flare. I'm quite pleased about how it turned out, however, there was a bit of a snare that turned into a learning experience for the rest of the pages. By the way, I did create a boy version of this page that features woodland creatures.
I noticed the other day that my posts have been really heavy with dessert recipes, so I thought I would post a fun little craft to do with kids. Yesterday, I got to hang out with 3 of my adorable nieces and we made these little bracelets as we walked home from the park. The idea came from Skip to my Lou. Basically, you cut a piece of duck tape, then put it around the child's wrist with the sticky side out. Then, attach flowers, leaves, grass, sticks, dirt, whatever strikes your child's fancy!
So I am pretty sure that this is the last of the pages with an update in the construction of the page. I will still be updating the rest of them, but more to edit the pictures, not so much editing the instruction. Ultimately, though, the purse has left the book, but is still the crayon container of choice.
Most of the lace up quiet book pages include a shoe and weaving pages are usually pies or just strips of felt. I wanted both of these pages, but I couldn't find anything that I really liked. While perusing quiet books on Etsy to gain inspiration, I came across the Monster Album. A couple of days after first seeing this little book, it hit me, monsters under the bed!
Hey there! I'm Kristin, aka Kit. Here is just a peek into my crafting mind. I hope you find something to spur your creativity!
Kit's Crafts Shop