Friday, April 8, 2011

The Ultimate Activity Book

I made it on to the next round in SYTYC! Thanks for all the votes! Here's my project from Round 2, the Thrift Store Challenge:

While browsing through Goodwill I found a big bag of all sorts of craft/office supplies—all for only $6.99. Figuring there could be some treasures inside, I picked it up, as well as a beat up photo album. I had thoughts of an activity book for a child. The bag full of goodies contained: manila envelopes, regular envelopes, folders, pads of paper, pre-folded brochure paper, calculators (4!), masking tape, colored pencils, rubber bands… too many items to list!
Using leftover fabric from a diaper bag I made, I sewed a book cover complete with pockets for the calculator and eraser, slide in spots for the colored pencils (the pocket wraps around the back as well), and a snapping strap for holding the roll of masking tape.
InsideInside the book manila envelopes and scrapbook paper were used to make pocket pages that can hold all sorts of activity items—envelopes, rubber bands, stickers, shapes, and paper as well as a few extra un-labeled pocket pages.
From what I know of kids (and I know a lot of them!), they LOVE to be able to attach things—tape, glue, stickers, paper clips—they love it all. So jumbo paper clips were put around the pocket pages to later use for attaching completed art projects to the remaining pages in the photo album.
Now the book is all set to be the Ultimate Activity Book. Perfect for quiet time, traveling, or just keeping busy and having fun!

Want to make one too? The tutorial is HERE
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  1. great idea! i've had a 6x6 scrapbook for ages and now i know what to do with it! thanks :)

  2. It looks wonderful, all those supplies were a great find!

    Well done on getting through to the next round.

  3. This is awesome!

  4. Oh my kids would LOVE that! Sooo Creative!! Great JoB!! :)

  5. HOW FUN! Love it.. My sister and I just started a blog and would LOVE for you to come over and visit
    We are thrilled to say we are your newest follower and hope you'll come be our newest {blog} friend and follower
    hope to see you soon!

  6. What a GREAT idea! My kids would LOVE that!
    Dana @ D'Lea Designs

  7. Great activity book!! I hope you stop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!


  8. This is AWESOME!!! But every time I clicked the link for the tutorial, it just took me to my blogger dashboard?? I LOVE what you did with this project and would like to see more : )

  9. I was unable to open the tutorial as well. I had the same problem as Jaimee. Any suggestions?

  10. So Adorable!!

    I would love it if you would link it up to our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!!

    Also, stop in for a chance to win our 100 Follower Giveaway {{Beaded Watch & Hobby Lobby Gift Card}}

    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees


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