Monday, February 28, 2011

Art Journal Book for the Kiddies

Hello everybody!  How are you all doing?  Fab?  Super fab?  I hope so!  Today we are going to talk about a super quick and easy project you can make for young children.  It is a great project book to take in the car, or when you go out to eat, to the doctor or anywhere you need to keep young children quiet and amused.  I used one of the oh-so-fab 8 x 8 Zutter CoverAlls (the snazzy ones sized for the Zutter Pre-Punched Page Protectors) for the easy peasy cover of this album, as well as some colorful bits and pieces from my embellie stash.  Next I selected some of my fav Zutter Pre-Punched Page Protectors.  They make creating a BREEZE!  One of the things I love about these page protectors is how versatile they are. 
I created a little canvas page that can hold crayons, pencils, markers, or chalk.  Then I used my Pink Bind-It-All (otherwise known as the BIA Version 2.0!) to punch the canvas so it would fit in the book.
Next I used my BIA and punched holes in the "chalkboard fabric" I had glued to a Zutter Clip-Board Wood Cover (one piece, I saved the second piece for another project).
Then I put everything together and assembled them using 1 1/4" Antique Silver O'Wires.
I put the canvas page first, then the "chalkboard" fabric page second. 
Next I filled the page protectors with coloring pages I printed.  There are many free coloring page websites out there.  I selected these images from Better Homes and Gardens. 
Here are a few more pics of my filled page protectors.
I put 6 or so of each printed coloring page in each page protector.  Now my grandkids can either color the same page multiple times, or select several different pages.  Either way, it will be handy for coloring for many visits.  They can use the firm chalkboard as a base for their coloring pages, or  use chalk and draw on the chalkboard, or on their pages.  Whatever they are in the mood for!  I might even put some blank paper in there for them to create their own pictures to color.  This whole project took under one hour, including my printing time.  It can be used for years too, which is a great return of my time, don't you think???  ;) 

Here is the cover, one more time.........
Can't wait to see what you create!  Happy crafting ~ Pam


Anita Bownds said...

that is way kool Lynne

Jan Hennings said...

so cute and love the little canvas pouch for crayons!

Merian Candioli said...

Loved the idea... so useful for kids when going out...

Anonymous said...

Love, love LOVE it! I love the Me and My Big Ideas stuff and how you used it all together is just adorable! Thanks for the detailed description on how to make it...I can't wait to try it myself!

sanadon said...

This is ADORABLE!!! What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us.