School Memories Book

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make a “School Memories” book to hold school photos and milestone moments as a keepsake of your child’s grade school or even college years. Make it fast with adhesives by Xyron!

Materials

  • Simple Stories Red Sn@p Binder and Inserts, 6”x8”
  • Vintage book page
  • Pink Paislee Daily Junque Collection Chalkboard Stickers
  • School-themed cardstock stickers
  • Michaels Apple-Shaped Felt Frame
  • Assorted ribbon: white, yellow, striped
  • Hydrangea Hippo Rainbow Rick Rack Assortment
  • Buttons Galore & More Sunshine Yellow Buttons

Tools

  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Xyron 5″ Create-A-Sticker Max
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • White crayon (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

6”x8”

School Memories Book

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, run vintage book page through Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max. Peel page off backing and apply to center of binder cover. (Note: With Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max, there is no drying time, unlike découpage medium, and the texture of the vintage book page is preserved.)

2. Apply adhesive to back of felt photo frame using Xyron Mega Runner; adhere frame to binder cover as desired.

3. Adhere chalkboard sticker to center of photo frame. Adhere two school-themed stickers to chalkboard sticker. (Note: In place of school-themed stickers, write message or child’s name on chalkboard sticker using white crayon.)

4. Adhere buttons to felt frame as shown using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

5. Wrap white and yellow ribbons and rick rack around binder cover and tie into bows, clustered at top. Tie smaller striped bow. Adhere bow and button to ribbon cluster using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • Use Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots to hold buttons, bows, and other dimensional embellishments to any surface, from paper and plastic to wood and metal.

by Jennifer Priest for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Clay-Swirled Pens

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Don’t show up on the first day of school with the same boring pens as everyone else. Create vibrant and stylish clay-covered pens to start the school year out with a bit of flair.

Materials

  • BIC round stick pens, three
  • Soft polymer clay: red, gold, white, fluorescent pink, metallic purple, black, granite

Tools

  • Old gift card or promotional credit card (for cutter)
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

Basic Supplies

ruler, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: BiC pens won’t melt when baked in the oven. Don’t substitute!)

Step 1

Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Use pliers to pull gold tip and ink stick out of pens. Set aside.

Step 2

To condition clays, remove from package and roll in hands until soft. (Note: For one pen, 1⁄3 package of each color is needed.) Flatten clay and fold in half. If clay cracks when folded, keep conditioning.

Step 3

For one pen, choose two or three colors to blend together. Use rolling pin to shape clays into 1⁄8”-thick flat rectangles. Stack two or three different-colored rectangles together. Use rolling pin to flatten clays into one 1⁄8”-thick rectangle.

Step 4

With hands, roll rectangle into tube. Continue rolling tube until colors blend together and clay is smooth.

Step 5

Use gift card to slice off pieces from tube. Roll slices onto pen, covering length.

Step 6

Smooth out pen by rolling on work surface.

Step 7

Place pen on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay.

by Laurie D’Ambrosio

Back-to-School Gift Card Holder

It is time once again to start those back-to-school projects! August has become “back-to-school month” for many children in the United States. My college-age daughter and my middle school-age son both start back on August 19. After nearly 15 years of having such an early start date for school, I have become used to it.

I have designed a gift card holder suitable for giving to your favorite student to reward hard work or good behavior, or to great teachers to honor their efforts in the classroom.

Materials:

  • Grafix Arts Black Chipboard
  • Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film
  • Cardstock
  • School-themed paper and embellishments
  • Computer and printer with mirror-image capability
  • Die-cutting system and dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Vertical Gift Card Pocket, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Weathered Clock
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting System and Graphically Speaking Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, foam dots, glue pen

1. Use black chipboard to create the gift card book. Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6″x4″ for the front and back covers, and cut one piece to 6″x3/4″ for the spine.

2. Cut 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook paper in half. Place the three chipboard pieces onto the wrong side of one half-sheet of paper, making sure to allow 1/8″ space between the covers and the spine. Trim edges even. Repeat to cover the inside of the book.

3. Decorate the outside of the book in a school theme. Cut 6″ square from chipboard and different scrapbook paper; adhere together and die cut clock shape.

4. Create custom sentiments using Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film. Create a design using computer graphics program, rubber stamps, or draw something by hand. Follow manufacturer’s directions to create, print, and apply rub-ons to surfaces.

4. Decorate the inside cover.

5. Use electronic cutting system to cut file folder pages from cardstock or scrapbook paper. Decorate pages with custom rub-ons. To create custom sentiments on the computer, you must create a reverse or mirror option. If using Microsoft Word, create a mirror image by using the Word Art feature with the Rotate or Flip command.

6. Die cut gift card holder from paper; fold and adhere to one file folder page.

Grafix Arts Chipboard

Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film

Wishing you a happy back-to-school month!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

College Student Laundry Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Has your college kid arrived home with a huge pile of dirty laundry? Create this fun laundry bag to tote their clothes back and forth to the dorm in style using your own handmade stencil.

Materials

  • Canvas or jersey laundry bag
  • Acrylic paints: blue, orange

Tools

  • Stencil paintbrush
  • Simply Stencils Stencil Blank, 8”x10”, two sheets
  • Picture glass, 8”x10”
  • Masking tape, 1” wide
  • Cardboard sheet, 17″x21″

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, marker, metal ruler

Directions

Size

18″x36″

Laundry Bag

1. Print and cut out pattern. Place pattern under each stencil blank and use marker to trace pattern. For cutting surface, cover edges of glass with tape and set on flat work surface. Place blank onto cutting surface and use craft knife and metal ruler to cut away openings. Cut star from one stencil blank and rectangle sections from remaining stencil blank; set star cut-out aside for later use. (Note: Cut stencils with a smooth continuous motion, rotating stencil instead of knife.)

2. To prevent paint from bleeding through fabric, insert cardboard inside laundry bag. Using photo as placement and painting guide, position star stencil on upper left side of bag so that top point of star is 5-1⁄2” from left side of bag and 6-1⁄2” from top edge of bag; paint star orange. (Note: If using different size laundry bag than noted above, adjust placement accordingly.) Position stencil to right of star so that inside points are touching; paint star orange. Stencil and paint one star below each star, upside down, so that four points touch in center.

3. For rectangles behind stars, position stencil around each star and shade outside edges of rectangle blue. (Note: Use back of stencil for top right and bottom left stars.)

4. Place masking tape along outer edges of rectangles, extending 1” beyond corners, to create border. Shade edges blue, positioning star cut-out over painted stars to protect surface.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to heat set paint.

Tip

  • Show school spirit by personalizing your bag with school colors!

by Mary Ayres

Turtle Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Take a hint from the turtle and slow down to enjoy some creative time with your kids!  This playful turtle is the last of the Clay Zoo Friends in Crafts ‘n things Craft-of-the-Day projects. Whether on a safari or a visit to the zoo, enjoy the trip to wherever your imagination may lead you.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Green, Red, Yellow

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick

Directions

Size

2″ tall

note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Turtle

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. For turtle, roll large Green ball (shell), two small Green balls (eyes), and five small Green teardrops (head and legs). Press legs on bottom of shell and head on front of shell. Roll small Red and tiny Yellow balls (spots); flatten and press on shell. See photo. Press Green eyes to top of teardrop head. Roll two tiny Yellow balls (eyes); press on eyes. Use toothpick to add eye and nostril holes and details to legs.

3. Position turtle on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)

Tiger Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Do you know a tiger’s roar can be heard over a mile away? Turn craft time into something educational for your kids! Discuss fun tiger facts while you spend quality time together making this cool clay cat.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Orange, White

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick, paintbrush with rounded end

Directions

Size

3″ tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Tiger

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. For tiger, roll large Orange ball (head), two small Orange balls (ears), four Orange logs (legs), and skinny Orange rope (tail). Roll two small White balls (muzzle), four small White teardrops (paws), and one slightly smaller White teardrop (mouth).

3. Roll skinny Black ropes (stripes). Press stripes on legs and tail. Press legs together as shown in photo, rounding at top to create body. Press tail to back of body. Roll tiny Black triangles; press to ears and head; see photo. Press head on body, then ears and mouth on head. Indent ears and mouth using rounded end of paintbrush. For muzzle, press two White balls to top of mouth. For nose, roll tiny Black ball; slightly flatten and form into triangle. Press nose on top of muzzle. Use toothpick to add eye and muzzle holes.

4. Press paws on ends of legs. Use toothpick to add details on paws.

5. Position tiger on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)

 

Parrot Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A perfect playmate for any “little pirate”, this colorful parrot is sure to stimulate the imagination! Made from clay, your child’s new feathered friend will bring a ton of fun along with it.

 

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow
  • Black chenille stems, two 12” lengths

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick, scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

3″ tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

parrot

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. For parrot, roll large Red oval (body) and two large Red balls (wings). Form one end of body into tail. Shape other end of body to create head. Shape and press wings on sides of body.

3. For feathers, roll Yellow and Blue logs and press on wings. See photo. Slide toothpick downward along wing to create feather details.

4. Roll two White ovals (eyes) and press on sides of head. Roll two tiny Black balls (pupils) and press on eyes. Roll two tiny Black logs (beak) and press on front of head.

5. For legs, measure and cut two 6” lengths of black chenille stem; fold in half and twist together to create 3” legs. Cut small 3” black chenille stem lengths; twist around legs, forming claws. Insert chenille stem ends into bottom of body.

6. Position parrot on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)

Back-to-School Crafts – Fabric-Covered Notebooks

With the holiday season now behind me, I am turning my attention to the next big “occasion” which is back-to-school crafts. Even though I no longer “go to school,” I can’t go past a stack of Mead notebooks in the store without salivating at their potential for repurposing into journals. Notebooks come with all sorts of pages from primary school rule to grids and college style rule and they are a great size. At this time of year with plenty of back-to-school sales around, they are great value and there are plenty to choose from.

I generally buy notebooks with hard covers if I am going to cover them in fabric, but if I’m painting, then spiral bound notebooks work well, too.

materials

  • Mead or other school notebook
  • Fabric
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Adhesives: fabric glue and fabric glue stick
  • Scissors and ruler

Once purchased, I head off to my fabric stash or the store to find the perfect fabric to cover it with. I like to use fabric on the outside and paper on the inside covers so that’s about a fat quarter-size piece of fabric and a couple of sheets of scrapbook paper – letter size or 12″x12″. You can also repurpose old tea towels or flour sacks to cover the book. I also have a stack of furniture fabric swatches that I use sometimes, and I’ve been known to cover a book in an old favorite tee shirt that is beyond wearing but which I can’t bear to part with.

Measure the fabric against the book and add about 1″ all around to allow plenty of fabric to turn over the edge. Cut the fabric to size.

Cover the outside cover of the book with fabric glue – I use a fabric glue stick because it sticks well but doesn’t wet the fabric. Put the glue on the book (not the fabric) and press the fabric to adhere. Push from the middle outwards to smooth out any bumps.

Once the outside cover is dry (it takes a few minutes), you will know how much excess fabric you have. Cut across the corners to remove the excess fabric so when you fold the corners under there is only one layer of fabric on the corner not three. Cut the fabric into the spine at an angle and trim.

Now, run glue over the inside 1″ of the book covers and fold the fabric under and press onto the glue. Hold in place until dry.

Cut two sheets of scrapbook paper and glue to the inside cover over the fabric to keep everything in place and to cover any frayed edges.

Of course, this is just the basics.

Covered journals can be sewn before you glue the fabric to the book. So, if you’re using floral fabric, stitch a few French Knots or running stitches around or over the flowers in the fabric. Add hot fix rhinestones to the cover. I’ve even glued a watch face to a travel journal so I always have the time accessible without having to wear a watch.

If you’re not a fabric person, then grab a jar of gesso and your favorite paints. Slap on a coat of gesso and then get to work painting the journal cover. The journal is a blank canvas for your art!

The top notebook is covered with Japanese fabric. This one is painted and then collaged with padded fabric, paper, ink, and a polymer clay accent.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)