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411  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Mom I Want to Craft Too - Sharing your kids crafts and craft ideas for kids on: January 01, 2007 04:00:20 PM
I would also love a kids crafts board!  I teach crafts to kids at an after school program, ages 4 - 12. I've been doing it a couple of years now, and I have a couple of websites I steal ideas from. http://www.enchantedlearning.com is my favorite.  They even have a feature that lets you view crafts by materials.

My two favorite crafts are making things out of paper plates, and making things out of toilet paper tubes.  For the plates, you can make just about any kind of animal.  Cut the small circle out of the middle, that's your head.  Glue the head to another plate, which is your body.  Cut out feet, ears, tail, etc.  Color it with markers, crayons, paint, whatever. Or you can make a snake by cutting out the circle in the middle and using the other part, the ribbed edge part, and glue a bunch of those together.  Or glue a bunch of full plates together to make a giant catterpillar. So many possibilites.

For toilet paper tubes, cover them with construction paper, or even blank white paper that you can color.  Draw and cut out head, feet, arms of whatever person, animal, or creature you want to make and glue them on.  These can be just decorations or pencil cups.  Or, you can just make them pretty so they are a vase for paper flowers!

Paper flowers: tissue paper, pipe cleaners. You can cut tissue paper into circles, or you can go one step further and cut them into simple flower shapes.  Make a small loop in one end of the pipe cleaner.  Thread circles (or flowers) onto the pipe cleaner from the other end, so the loop is like the stopper keeping them from coming all the way up. Crinkle them up, then spread them out again, and you've got pretty paper flowers.

Anyway, those are just some basic ideas.  I've got tons.  Tons I tell ya!  The main thing is though, is to let the kids experiment and have fun, and let them know that perfection isn't the goal, having fun is the goal. 

We have a policy at my job that if a kid asks us "Do you like mine?" about a project, we respond "Do you like it?" because it's important for them to not rely on other people for their self-worth.  And if a kid does NOT like something he or she has made, we never try to minimize that feeling by telling them they did a good job if they don't feel that way.  Instead we ask "What do you not like about it?  Which part?  Do you think you can fix it/change it? What do you think would make it look better?" 

As for making examples, sometimes we do use the dreaded kits from Oriental Trading (I hate them, my boss loves them) and it's good to have a finished example with stuff like that. I usually try to give them options for things they can do to personalize the kit projects though, like glitter glue, sequins they can glue on, etc.  And honestly, sometimes it's not so bad if a kid wants to copy you, because even if they're not being creative, they are learning technique and building motor skills.  We just try to make sure they're not always copying something, that it's only once in a while.

One of the things we do to foster more creativity is every Friday we have Arts and Crafts Freeplay, where we'll put out a variety of supplies and the kids can make what they want.  Scissors, glue, paper, pompoms, craft sticks, leftover kit pieces, etc. It's awesome to see what they come up with.  Sometimes I'll even, ahem, borrow one of their ideas to use as a project for the whole class.

Anyway, sorry this was so long, but yes, we should have a kids' crafts forum!
412  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / "Digitally Assisted" Scrapbooking Tips on: January 01, 2007 10:02:25 AM
I suppose the method of scrapbooking I use would be called "digitally assisted." I crop and resize photos in a computer program (Photoshop, but others will work too) and print them, then cut them out and glue them to my page.  If you're new to this and you also print your pictures at home, then these tips might help.

Something that I feel has made the process a whole lot easier, is that I also plan my layouts on my computer.  You can create a document the same size as your scrapbook page, paste in your pictures, and then it's easy to rearrange the layout until you get what you like.  If there are certain stickers or other embellishments I know I'll want to use, I will measure them and then draw a roughly matching shape the same size with the paintbrush tool in the computer program, so I can see where I want to put the embellishments too. 

This has saved me a lot of photo paper, because otherwise I'd probably be printing out my pictures and then realizing they were too big or too small and then having to start over, because I'm horrible at guessing. 
413  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Painting a "leatherette" scrapbook? on: December 31, 2006 04:16:42 PM
So, the book I'm using for my DragonCon scrapbook (scans of the pages are here: http://www.mindspring.com/~designbyluna/scrapbooks/dragoncon/) is a plain, black, book covered with something called "leatherette."  Looks like leather, but isn't, I guess. I was thinking, to go with the pirate theme, I'd paint a stencilled skull and crossed swords on the cover.

My plan is:

1. Make stencil.  Done.  I printed one off my computer on card stock and cut it out with an X-acto.
2. Use spray adhesive to temporarily adhere it to the cover of the book.
3. Use a sponge brush and white acrylic to paint it.
4. Spray acrylic sealer on to preserve it.

Does this sound like it will work?  I have no idea what leatherette is so I don't know if acrylic paint will stick to it.
414  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: covering a boring photo album/scrapbook on: December 31, 2006 04:10:02 PM
Another idea is to use fabric and spray adhesive.  I think it's easier to spray on the fabric and then adhere it to the book cover. To make a nice finished edge, fold it over to the inside of the cover, then glue down a piece of card stock on the inside of the cover, covering the edges of your fabric.
415  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Simple paper clown on: December 30, 2006 11:04:34 AM
Thanks y'all!
416  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Simple paper clown on: December 30, 2006 08:57:36 AM
Made from paper scraps and tissue paper.

417  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My nephew as a clown on: December 30, 2006 07:07:23 AM
Thanks y'all!  As I said in another post, when I do digital art instead of . . . manual art? I feel kind of like I'm cheating because it seems so easy.  Even though I did take the photo myself, and photography itself is a type of art, and I painted and erased the clown makeup for like an hour before I got it the way I wanted, so in all senses of the word I did "make" it, it still looks to me like not nearly as much effort as those of you who cut out all those little fiddly bits by hand.
418  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: 'What do you look like?" atcs! on: December 30, 2006 07:02:14 AM
These are all so cool!  SinDoll, I kind of get what you're saying about digital. I like everyone else's digital work, but for my own I sort of feel like I'm "cheating" in a way, probably because I've been messing around with photo manipulation since the late 90's as a hobby, so by this point I find it really easy. But then again, I still agonize over every detail and try things a bazillion different ways until I get the look I want, so it still takes me just as long. 

False_desire, my sister makes and sells feather angel wings, and if I had any pics of them I'd show you, but I don't. But . . . I did a google image search for feather angel wings and there are lots of pics if you want inspiration for how to arrange your feathers, although I think it looks mighty cool as is.

tristitia, I love your card!  Your hairstyle goes perfectly with the theme!
419  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: 'alternative' scrapbooking on: December 29, 2006 05:47:06 PM
LOs are layouts. If you ever get any of them posted online, make sure to let the board know, I bet we'd all like to see them.
420  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My nephew as a clown on: December 29, 2006 05:10:04 PM
Thanks!  He likes to get really close to the camera.
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