Saturday Morning Art Kids

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Welcome to another edition of S.M.A.K. where I show you an arts and crafts project to make with kids using supplies from my craft room! Here is a very short film introducing this project! We up-cycled some plastic toys we picked up at our local Salvation Army (you may even have some laying around- we would have if we had not moved so many times and given away old toys so many times already) by painting them with acrylic paints and then embellishing them with all kinds of sparkly things.

 

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My daughter Gigi made this parade of fantasy animals as a decoration for her room. The steps are easy!

  1. Make sure toys are clean and dry
  2. Paint with at least 2 coats of acrylic craft paint. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Use a low temp. glue gun (safer with small fingers) to embellish with pom poms, sequins, and any other trims you would like to use!

 

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I think they would also make really cute party favors, toppers for glass storage jars, or to decorate birthday gifts!  Lately anything with pom poms and tassels seems to be trending.

 

I hope that this column inspires you to share your crafty stash with some kids in your life. For more ideas, search keywords Saturday Morning Art Kids for more posts.

-xGia

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Welcome to another Saturday Morning Art Kids post!

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In this episode I am sharing my experience of documenting in traveler’s notebooks with my 12 year old daughter Gigi.  Out of seven kids, I was bound to have one (maybe? possibly?) who enjoys scrapbooking like her Mom. She has watched me do many TN layouts before and then she helped me make this video of how I set up my latest TN’s.

 

 

I am using two TN’s at the moment. One contains inserts for painting and sketching and more mixed media. The Clique Kits shop carries some specialty TN inserts (watercolor and mixed media) as well as lots of cute exclusive inserts with bright white paper inside. I am grateful to my friend Lacey for sending me a handmade palette of peerless watercolor swatches. These are perfect for keeping in a travelers notebook! You can find TN covers and inserts in the Clique Kits shop “Basics” section and also in the new products right now. The other TN I set up is for my traditional memory keeping- which will hopefully remain “clean” to protect my photos.

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When Gigi asked me if she could “set up” one of my older TN’s for herself  of course how could I resist! We ended up spending a couple of hours together working on our projects.  This is Gigi’s TN

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Here is Gigi and our other guests- some Sloths…and here are Gigi’s layouts:

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These unicorn clips from Shimelle Glitter Girl collection (last year’s October Clique Kit) were right up her alley!

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I love this page with the photo taken in McDonalds because she color coordinated the washi tape and hearts with the Ronald McDonald colors. She also picked out the french fries embellishment- very apropros. Aww- she even made a page about me. So cute.

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While looking through my stash for supplies for Gigi to use for her TN I discovered that it was about time for me to thin out my stash of embellishments and ephemera, which I organize by color. When my stash gets too crowded I have a much harder time using it. So I took the opportunity to pull out lots of items for her to “shop” from for her own stash, and all of the leftovers will likely appear in my Etsy shop pretty soon!

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I think that if you are lucky enough to get any of the youngsters in your life whether kids or grandkids or pupils in Sunday school interested in scrapbooking I have a few tips to offer from this experience:

  1. Traveler’s Notebooks are a relatively inexpensive way to get them started. Most inserts run under $5. They can also easily be handmade using plain white copy paper and a patterned paper cover. There are many tutorials on You Tube and Pinterest for DIY inserts.
  2. Some simple “design” tricks they can easily learn as soon as they are old enough to know their colors are how to pick out colors in the photos to coordinate with the layout supplies and embellishments. You can also ask them to describe the memory in their own words, which can prompt ideas for them to choose a title or theme for the page.
  3. Tape runners and glue sticks are easy for little people to use and non-toxic as adhesives. For larger items like flair or wood veneers, glue dots in different sizes work well.
  4. Some supplies are so abundant that chances are you wouldn’t mind sharing. For me, washi tape is one supply I love to collect but have so much more than I will ever use.

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I just want to make the experience of scrapbooking with my daughter one that will be enjoyable and not stressful for both of us. After all, we have an obligation to leave our legacy by creating the next generation of scrapbookers!

-xGia

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I am not going to lie. I really don’t like sharing my art supplies with my kids. That’s why many years back I started Saturday Morning Art Kids or S.M.A.K. Sometimes we get on a roll and do a project every weekend and other times I slack off and space them out a bit more. But by setting aside this dedicated time  to do an arts and crafts project with as many of the kids as choose to participate it prevents them from invading my space and messing with my stuff when left to their own devices and Im not around. They know that when it’s time for S.M.A.K. they will get a chance to play with all that tempting, colorful, and pretty stuff I hoard in my crafty hideaway. I even keep several storage bins of paints, markers, crayons, and scraps of paper and embellishments that are just for them. I’m a firm believer in controlled chaos.

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Last week’s activity was kind of a no brainer since it is almost Easter. Instead of dying Easter eggs I decided to let them play with some acrylic paints from my collection of Spring colors from Target. They even have pretty metallics like gold and rose gold. Obviously, these are not artist quality paints and they are pretty cheap so they could go ahead and have at it!

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These eggs are plastic ones. Acrylic paint should not be used on real eggs meant for eating of course. My kids still love to do egg hunts even though I think they are getting kind of old for it. How about you? Do you have any Easter traditions? Do you allow your kids to craft with you? That’s all for now!

-xGia

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Do you remember shrinky dinks? My kids love to use my stamps and inks to create charms to turn into jewelry, zipper pulls, and other fun stuff using heat shrinkable film. Here is how we did it!

 

 

There are still some of this adorable stamp available in the Clique Kits shop! I just love using the cactus and adding the faces and bows and the polka dot pattern! Have you got yours yet?

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-xGia