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Tired of hearing, "I'm bored," from your kids during summer vacation? Summer is the perfect time to make scrapbook and memory craft projects that the whole family can enjoy. It's also a good time to go through the scrapbook products you don't often use and find new ways for your kids to enjoy them. Use these ideas below for some kid-friendly craft projects.Keep in mind that these projects require parental supervision, depending on the age and ability of your child.
Mobiles are a great way to decorate a child's room. Use your favorite colors and shapes to make your own unique mobile. Consider these themes: sports, beach, vacation, school, friends and holidays. Paperkuts designer Janna Wilson made this holiday mobile with her two children.
- Back some stickers with cardstock.
- Cut a spiral out of cardstock. Tie the stickers onto the spiral with varying lengths of string.
- Cover the knots on the spiral with buttons.
- Hang up to display.
Every child has thoughts to ponder and secrets to record. Decorated journals provide the perfect place to write them down! These journals let your amazing child keep a personal diary, art book or whatever he or she likes for privacy. Use your child's favorite colors and embellishments to create this masterpiece. Paperkuts designer Stephanie Barnard and her daughter Kirstin made a darling book and pen for Kirstin to keep as a personal journal.
- Lifetime table
- Lifetime folding chair
- Composition notebook
- Scrap paper in desired colors
- White paint
- Adhesive tape
- Scrapbook embellishments, sayings and letters
- Spray journal with adhesive spray and lay cardstock and patterned paper on top. Using a craft knife, cut around the cover of the journal to remove the excess cardstock and paper. To create a worn look, lightly sand the edge of the journal.
- Stamp "DREAM" onto ribbon embellishment and adhere to journal. Paint metal flowers and add to journal. Add ribbon to the top of the journal with a common stapler. Add ribbon to the "Girl Talk" embellishment and adhere to journal.
- Using the Sizzix die-cut machine, cut out title. Adhere to journal. lightly ink flower and add to journal with adhesive. Stamp "love" and "believe."
- String the word "journal" on ribbon and adhere with brads. Add to journal with adhesive.
- With a dry brush and a minimal amount of white paint, brush paint onto journal and over all embellishments.
- To make the pen, tightly wrap adhesive tape around the pen and wrap with ribbon. lightly ink the flower and add to the end of the ribbon.
Album in a Box
This project is a great way to reuse small plastic boxes. It is also a super way to use up your extra supplies. Paperkuts designer Stephanie Barnard made this cute album in a box with her 7-year-old daughter, Katie.
- Lifetime table
- Lifetime folding chair
- Small plastic or wood box
- Metal letters
- Sand paper
- Cardstock to cover your box
- Cardstock for pages
- Small photos
- Scrapbook embellishments like stickers and die cuts
- Lightly sand the box bottom and top.
- Paint the box bottom and top. Let dry.
- For box cover, add metal letters and use stamps to decorate.
- Cut and fold your cardstock to create the pages.
- Add ribbon, small photos, die cuts, stickers and more to create your box.
- Once complete, adhere the back of the last page to the inside of the bo using strong adhesive.
- Note: In order to get photos small enough for this project, use the photos that are provided on an index sheet.
Holiday Mobile by Janna Wilson. Supplies: cardstock by WorldWin; stickers by Pebbles, Inc.; buttons by Junkitz; ribbon; string. Journal and Pen by Kirstin and Stephanie Barnard. Supplies: composition book; pen; patterned paper, ribbon embellishment by Westrim; die cuts by Sizzix; charms by PM Designs; stamps and ink by All Night Media; metal accents by Making Memories; ribbon by Offray; paint by Plaid; flowers by Michaels; adhesives by Krylon and Therm O Web. Katie Box and Matching Mini Album by Katie and Stephanie Barnard. Supplies: plastic box and die cuts by Sizzix; cardstock; metal letters, rub-ons and ribbon by Making Memories; stickers by American Traditional Designs; stamps by All Night Media; jewels by JewelCraft; acrylic paint by Plaid; metal letter slides by PM Designs; acrylic letter by KI Memories; stickers; jump rings; jump rings by Artistic Wire; sandpaper.