Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photo Scrapbook Bookmark

This is a post that I did as part of a guest blogger spot for the "The Unsung Creative Mom Casting Call" at Small Fry & Co but I thought I would post it on my blog also for my readers.  Happy bookmark making :)

Photo Scrapbook Bookmark

Know of someone who loves reading?  A simple crafty gift to make for them would be a photo bookmark.  The ones I usually make are like this one where the top has the picture cut around it.  But you could also put photos onto the middle of the bookmark, hole punch the top, add ribbons and you would have more of an old school style of bookmark.  Either way you make it these bookmarks are sturdy enough to last for years because the center of it has a thin layer of cardboard.  So what are you waiting on go recycle that box sitting in your trash can and make something special for someone today.

Thin cardboard (Like a cereal box.  I used an eggo box)
scrapbook paper or construction paper
scissors or xacto knife
glue stick or other adhesive
scrapbook embellishments or stickers

Step 1:  Cut a piece of your cardboard the size you want your bookmark to be this will be your template.  If you want your picture to fit inside the bookmark make sure the template is wide enough.  Cut another piece of cardboard bigger than the template this will be what your bookmark will be cut from later.  If you want to have the picture stick over the top of the bookmark make sure this sheet is tall enough for the template plus the part of the picture that will stick out.

Step 2:  Glue the bigger sheet of cardboard onto your scrapbook paper or construction paper.  Then glue another sheet of paper to the other side of the cardboard.  You are going to cut this down to size later so all the layers don't have to be exactly the same sizes.  By making this wider and longer than you need now an then cutting it down later this will give you crisp edges for your final bookmark.

Step 3: Cut your photo around the person or object you want to put on the bookmark.  Put the smaller piece of cardboard (your template) on top of the one you covered in colored paper and trace around it.  Then glue your photo on the colored cardboard paper letting it go over the top edge you outlined.

Step 4: Cut the big colored cardboard paper down to the lines you traced from your template and around your picture if it goes outside those lines to make it the size of bookmark that you want.  Then add any other scrapbook elements or stickers that you want.  The back side of mine is just a solid color but you could have used a patterned paper or added some scrapbook elements or stickers to that side also if you didn't want it to be plain like mine.  Now go find a book to read so you can try out your new very awesome bookmark.

The Front
The Back

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Origami Jumping Frog

Ok, picture this.  You are stuck somewhere and the kids are bored there is nothing for them to do so you are rummaging thru your purse trying to find something for them.  All you have is a couple old pieces of paper but they have stuff printed all over them so they won't make very good paper for them to draw on and you have nothing else.  What to do, what to do???  But wait you remember reading my tutorial on how to make Origami Jumping Frogs (and luckily you bookmarked my blog on your smartphone) and all is saved!!!  You make the frogs and your kids have a good time having frog jumping races and give you a few minutes of quiet.  Now on with that tutorial...

Origami Jumping Frogs

Step 1:  Get a strip of paper.  Mine is about 3 inches wide.
Step 2:  Fold a corner over until the end side lines up with the side of the paper making a triangle.
Step 3:  Fold the other side of the paper up along the middle line you just made.
Step 4:  Fold the excess paper back along the edge of your triangle and tear or cut off the excess.  Disregard this excess sheet of paper or hold on to it to make another frog out of if it is big enough.
Step 5:  Take your paper that you have been folding with and fold onto its self to make a square to give you a center line.  Then open the paper back up flat.
Step 6:  Take the opened flat piece of paper and fold each side to the center line you just made.
Step 7:  Pop one of the corners open (see right side of pic) then push crease into the center (see left side of picture)
Step 8:  Repeat for all corners.
Step 9:  Fold each of the middle flaps up to the corner lining it up to the corner & sides of the paper.
Step 10:  Repeat folding all 4 flaps up.
Step 11:  Fold your flap back over lining it up to the fold you just made in the step before.  (These will be the frogs legs)
Step 12:  Repeat for all 4 legs.
Step 13:  Flip over
Step 14:  Fold the 2 sides up to give you a center crease line.
Step 15:  Fold the to sides in to the center crease line.

Step 16:  Fold the bottom area up.

Step 17:  Poke the two sides into the pockets in the bottom section you just folded up. 

Step 18:  Press down flat.
Step 19:  Flip over

Step 20:  Fold the frog up along the center line so the back legs are on top of the frog legs.

Step 21:  Fold the legs back so the bottom edge of the back of the frog lines up with the crease you just made.

Step 22:  You are done!!!  If you press down onto the middle edge of the last fold you made to the back of the frog it will make your frog jump.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pom Pom Party Decorations

While searching the Internet for party decorations a while back I found this tutorial for Tissue Paper Pom Poms on Martha Stewarts website.  They looked so great floating over the table and the mini ones looked so cute sitting on the table settings.  I knew I just had to make them some day.  Well that day came while I was cleaning for a birthday party and found some tissue paper that I had used for a party the year before.  I only had a few sheets of tissue paper left but I really wanted to try to make one.  So I stopped cleaning (Because what is more fun crafting or cleaning.  Crafing Right!) and found some ribbon and scissors.  In the Martha Stewarts tutorial she says to use floral wire.  But really how many people have floral wire sitting around their house.  I found that curling ribbon worked good as a replacement and who doesn't have a little curling ribbon stuffed somewhere.  So this is how I made my pom poms

Tissue paper, 8 sheets for each Pom  Pom 20x30in (my tissue paper wasn't this big but it still turned out fine)
Curling ribbon

Step 1:  Take your tissue paper leaving them stacked on top of each other.  Accordion fold them.  Martha's website says to make them 1 1/2 in wide folds.  I think I made mind a little narrower but it still worked good. 

Step 2:  Take the curling ribbon and make wrap it around the center of the folded tissue paper that you just finished.  Tie it in a knot making sure you have it wrapped tight around the tissue paper but you don't need to make it so tight that it starts wrinkling the tissue paper.  Leave a tail on one side of the curling ribbon long enough for you to be able to hang it by that ribbon.  The other side of the ribbons knot should be cut short because you don't want it to dangle out of your pom pom.

Step 3:  Cut the ends of the folded tissue paper.  Scallop or point cuts work the best this will make the outside of the pom pom look fancy.

Step 4:  Take the top layer of the tissue paper separating it from the rest and fluffing it up.  Continue for both sides until you have fluffed up all of the tissue paper and turned it into a very fabulous pom pom.

Step 5:  Hang by the long ribbon.  I tied mine onto a ceiling fan leaving some extra ribbon hanging down on the other side and curled the ribbon a little.

Here are my finished pom poms. The larger one was easier to fluff than the smaller ones but I think they all would have been easier to fluff if I had made my folds bigger.  Have fun making your own!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter makes the best cookies and candies.  I mean really when you think about it it's second only to chocolate, which of course will always be #1 in my book.  This recipe is one that my mom likes to remember as the first recipe that she ever learned to make when she was in 4H.  It's a quick and easy recipe to have your older kids help you with as long as you watch them while they are using the stove.  My mom made this with her 4H clover kids group this last weekend but I forgot to take a picture of the cookies (and I had eaten all the leftovers by the next day).  So the picture below is one that I took for a recipe book that I gave out for Christmas gifts a few years back.  If you are feeling adventurous you can try the recipe with different types of cereal or even add in some chocolate chips or drizzle some chocolate on top.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
1/2 c. White Corn Syrup
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Peanut Butter
2 c. Cornflakes

Put corn syrup & sugar in a pot on the stove.  Stir and bring just to a boil.  Remove from heat and add peanut butter & stir until combined.  Add cornflakes and stir until combined.  Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper.  Cool down then enjoy.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Unsung Creative Mom Casting Call

I'm happy to announce that I am part of "The Unsung Creative Mom Casting Call" on Small Fry & Co.'s blog.  You can see my guest post at Small Fry & Co's website by clicking here to see my tutorial on how to make these really cute photo bookmarks.

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